Pineapple Sherbet

"When I was growing up my mom used to make a pineapple sherbet & freeze it in long metal trays used for making ice cubes. This recipe approximates her recipe of years ago. Preparation time does not include the time it takes to partially freeze & refreeze the sherbet."
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  • From the lemon remove the zest & chop the zest fine, then squeeze juice from the lemon.
  • In a small saucepan, heat sugar, half-and-half & zest until sugar is melted, but DO NOT BOIL. Set aside to cool.
  • When sugar mixture is cool, add lemon juice & pineapple AND the pineapple juice.
  • Freeze only until it is frozen an inch or so out from the edge.
  • Spoon the partially frozen mixture into a mixing bowl & beat with electric mixer, before folding in whipping cream & mixing well.
  • Spoon the sherbet back into the freezer trays & partially freeze again, then beat again & refreeze before serving.

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  1. Featured in my Book#237470. Originally reviewed on Apr. 29, 2008. I served this in martini glasses and DH raised his glass after tasting this divine dessert and said "This is fit for royalty." If I could rate it higher I would. I did not change a single ingredient or amount. I zested the lemon (using 1/3 cup sugar from the original 2 cups stated in directions) the same way as Mugifer suggested, making it super easy! For step 2 I used a three quart saucepan on medium heat for less than 5 minutes and cooled for 20 minutes. I put juices into the same saucepan for step 3. Because I did not have any ice cube trays, I used 3 metal bread pans for the first freezing process which took about 90 minutes but that would vary with the thickness of the batch. I think it should have been divided between 5 pans instead of 3. For the second refreezing I waited 2 hours. I also chilled the bowl and beaters before every mixing. On the second beating (of sherbert) I could not fit the entire batch into the bowl. Thanks Sydney Mike for sharing a super recipe! Made for 1-2-3 Hit Wonders. Update--made a half batch in blender, did not cook. Could not churn it all in ice cream maker so put in rest in smaller containers and froze prior to churning, defrosted in fridge, churned and tastes great!
  2. I made this as stated except used my ice cream maker for the freezing process. I was looking for a stronger pineapple flavor but this was a nice clean flavor for summer. The lemon was a nice hint of flavor, reminded me of the sherbet served at the Japanese Steakhouse.
  3. This recipe was recommended by Chef #482933. This is devine! I made a half batch and made ice cream using our ice cream maker (I got 2 quarts total ice cream). I mixed all the ingredients together without heating, then just added it into the machine. I used half sugar, half Splenda and all heavy whipping cream. I did use all the pineapple and juice though and it came out very flavorful! It tastes like a pineapple sundae. :)
  4. This was just wonderful - a big hit with the whole family - thanks for posting! Made for Aussie/NZ Recipe Swap #20.
  5. oh gosh this is so good with the perfect amount of sugar, I only used 1-1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice using more might have smothered the pineapple flavor, we loved this thanks for sharing Syd!



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