Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cantaloupe Sherbet

Last week I brought a cantaloupe to Maine.  As did my mom.  And my sister.  There was no hope to get through it all so I brought back a slightly old cantaloupe, and two children who were a little sick of snacking on it.  Never one to pass up an icy treat, my sidekicks and I made this the other day. Super simple and refreshing.

Cantaloupe Sherbet

1 large cantaloupe, seeds and rind removed, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 Tablespoons limoncello (or 2 Tablespoons vodka and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice)
1/2 cup cream

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, add limoncello and cook for 5 minutes.
Set aside to cool.
In a blender or food processor, puree cantaloupe.
Add in simple syrup (water and sugar), and cream.
Blend to combine.
Depending on the machine you use and your preferences, you may want to pour the mixture through a sieve.  I used the Vitamix and it was plenty smooth.
Chill for as long as you can wait, preferably at least an hour.
Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and run according to directions.

Is it ready yet??
We took ours out a little early due to impatience, so it was a very soft serve consistency.
It hardens completely in the freezer, so allow it to soften on the counter for about 20 minutes before serving.

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