Fresh Lemon Sherbet

Recipe by TxGriffLover
READY IN: 3hrs 50mins
YIELD: 1 quart




  • Process zest, sugar, and salt in a food processor until damp, ten to fifteen 1-second pulses.
  • With the machine running, add lemon juice and water in a slow steady stream; continue to process until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 1 minute.
  • Strain the mixture through a non-reactive fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl to remove pulp and zest; stir in Triple Sec, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the freezer until very cold, about 40º, 30-60 minutes (Alternatively, set the bowl over larger bowl containing ice water).
  • Do not let mixture freeze.
  • When mixture is cold, using a whisk, whip the cream in a chilled medium bowl until soft peaks form. Whisking constantly, add the chilled juice mixture in a steady stream, pouring against the edge of the bowl.
  • Immediately start the ice cream machine and add the juice/cream mixture to the frozen insert.
  • Churn until the sherbet has the texture of soft-serve ice cream, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the canister from the machine and transfer the sherbet to a storage container; press plastic wrap directly against the surface of the sherbet (to prevent ice crystals from forming) and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours. Can be wrapped well in plastic and frozen for up to one week.
  • To serve, let sherbet stand at room temperature until slightly softened and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the sherbet registers 12º to 15º.