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White or Yellow Nectarine Sherbet

Updated February 23, 2016
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Chez Panisse Fruit

Published by William Morrow

We like to serve yellow and white nectarine sherbets together. They are made exactly the same way, but white nectarines tend to be sweeter and require a little less sugar than yellow ones. We use the same formula for making other stone fruit sherbets, such as plum and apricot.

Makes3 cups

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationdessert

Equipmentblender, ice cream maker

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturefruity, sweet

Type of Dishsorbet

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ripe nectarines (about 4)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/3 to ½ cup sugar
  • Optional: A few drops lemon juice or kirsch

Instructions

Cut the nectarines in half and remove the pits. Cut the fruit into 1-inch wedges and put them in a medium-size saucepan with ¼ cup water. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit softens and is just tender.

Working carefully with the hot mixture, purée the fruit in a blender or pass through a food mill. Strain the purée through a sieve. There should be about 1½ cups.

Stir ½ cup water and 1/3 to ½ cup sugar into the mixture (less sugar for white nectarines). If the mixture is still warm, the sugar will dissolve easily; if not, you may have to heat it gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Taste the purée and, if needed, add a few drops of lemon juice or kirsch—or both. Refrigerate the nectarine purée and freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream machine.

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