It was orangey, it was creamy, it was delicious.
That's what this orange sherbet reminds me of.
I decided to make it vegan to go along with the alphabet theme, so I subbed coconut milk for the dairy here. I actually LOVED this substitution, as it gave it a bit of a tropical feel.
You'll need about 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice, which will take about 8 oranges. To speed up the process, store the oranges and the coconut milk in the fridge until you're ready to make your sherbet. (And yes, it's sherbet, not "sherbert.")
All you do is add the ingredients to the blender, process for 30-60 seconds and you're ready to churn. But first, a quick note about the sugar: The first time I made this, I didn't want it to be too sweet so I only used a little bit. But unless you are going to eat it within 2 hours of churning, I wouldn't recommend this. Your sherbet will become a giant rock hard ice cube in your freezer and you will have to chisel it out (and eventually toss it). I should've known this from my ice cream making experience, but because there isn’t as much fat in this dessert, you really need the sugar to help keep it stable in its frozen state. Corn syrup is said to be the best in sherbet and sorbet for a velvety texture, but I don't like the idea of corn syrup so I just did sugar. A tablespoon or two of alcohol will also help out (I recommend an orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau).
If you did not chill your oranges and coconut milk, you will need to chill the mixture in the fridge for 2-3 hours before churning. Otherwise, add to your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze another 2-3 hours. This dessert is best enjoyed day-of, but as long as you follow the sugar rules, it should keep up to a week.
Vegan Valencia Orange Sherbet
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: dessert coconut milk orange ice-cream sherbet summer
Ingredients (1 quart)
- 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons orange zest
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
- pinch of salt
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process for 30-60 seconds. If ingredients had been chilled, you may churn right away. Otherwise, chill for 2-3 hours.
- Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2-3 hours.
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