February 4, 2015

Grapefruit Sherbet




This is the time of year when I buy all the grapefruit available (last year at this time, I was making grapefruit poppyseed muffins with grapefruit cream). 

Bart loves grapefruit and he's converted the girls, who think it's the best thing ever. 

These grapefruits are from Florida, and they are the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world, thanks to Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate are what make Florida grapefruit (although the climate also takes a toll on the outside - don't judge a book grapefruit by its cover). 


Plus, I like to make some pretense of eating seasonally, and grapefruit is at its peak ripeness in January, February, and March, which is nice because it's kind of a grim time for most produce. Mostly white strawberries, anyone? Some $10 blueberries? Pass.  

This year, instead of warm baked goods, I went in the opposite direction with something sweet and frozen. 

After all, now that I'm back with all my beloved kitchen appliances, it was only a matter of time before I could resist pulling out my ice cream maker



Grapefruit Sherbet
(adapted from Lulu the Baker


Note: I cut the rind and the big inner white core form my grapefruit and then dropped them all in the blender, let it run for a minute or two and then strained it through a mesh sieve. 


Zest of 1 grapefruit
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups sugar (depending on how sweet your grapefruits are)
Pinch of salt
2 cups grapefruit juice (I used three grapefruits to get this much juice)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup heavy cream


Combine the zest, sugar, and salt in a food processor, and run until the sugar looks like coarse sand.With the food processor running, slowly add the grapefruit juice and let mix for 1-2 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.

Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

When the mixture is cold, beat the vanilla and cream in a stand mixer until the cream forms soft peaks. Pour in the juice mixture and beat until combined, then pour it all into your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. When it's the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, transfer it to container with a lid and freeze until hard (overnight is best).




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12 comments:

  1. Oh dear. Are you shipping this currently? I mean, can I just pay you hundreds of dollars to send this to me? I am so very pregnant and craving it now!

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  2. This looks amazing! Grapefruit is about the only reason I look forward to winter!

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  3. I love grapefruit, too--although I haven't managed to convert anyone else in my family. Jeff looks at me like I'm crazy whenever I eat them. This looks so delicious!

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  4. Mmmm that sounds so good! It also sounds like you got out every appliance to do it! I wish I had an ice cream maker.

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  5. I have tried so many times to like grapefruit, and I just don't. Eric and the boys love it though. They will sit down together sometimes and share three grapefruits in a row. I may be able to tolerate grapefruit in ice cream form.

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  6. Yesterday Derek confided in me that he actually likes grapefruit which blew my mind since I thought he despised all produce... So since our house is going to turn into all things grapefruit soon, we'll have to try this out!

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  7. Oh this sounds wonderful. Thank you for the recipe, I can't wait to try!

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  8. Oh this sounds wonderful. Thank you for the recipe, I can't wait to try!

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  9. Oh yum - I've had a real love affair with grapefruit lately (something I used to hate). If I happen to save any grapefruit before eating them straight, I'll give this a whirl.

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  10. This looked so good I shamelessly begged an ice cream maker off of a neighbor. The finished product is delicious! I told the neighbor I'd pay her back in sherbet, but now I'm not sure there will be any left for share. And congratulations on your beautiful new baby!

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  11. This looked so good I shamelessly begged an ice cream maker off of a neighbor. The finished product is delicious! I told the neighbor I'd pay her back in sherbet, but now I'm not sure there will be any left for share. And congratulations on your beautiful new baby!

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