Anna gifted me an ice-cream maker several years ago and since then I’ve had fun creating various flavors of ice cream, sorbets and sherbets.
When the invitation to Anna and Vince’s “Day at the Spa” Gr8 Dinner arrived, I was thrilled that Lemon Sorbet in Lemon Cups would be our contribution to the dinner. I had made Lemon Sorbet several times before, and it is delicious and extremely easy to make at home. A small scoop is enough to make you feel refreshed after a meal or on its own as a frosty snack.
Use Meyer lemons if possible as they are much sweeter than standard lemons. For a simple yet impressive presentation, serve the sorbet in a hollowed-out lemon rind.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup water and sugar.
Add the lemon zest, heat and stir, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Remove from the heat and add the remaining 2 cups of water.
Pour into a medium bowl and chill in the refrigerator.
Stir the lemon juice into the sugar syrup and churn in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer instructions (approximately 30-40 minutes).
After the sorbet is made, transfer to a sealed, airtight container.
Freeze until ready to serve.
Slice off the top 1/3 of the lemon and set aside to be used for the top.
Hollow out each lemon just inside the rind and remove the flesh (being careful not to puncture the lemon).
Remove juice and flesh and put it in your juicer or citrus strainer.
Slice a shallow cut on the bottom of each lemon shells (being careful not to cut through to the inside of the lemon). This will help them sit straight up and not fall over when placed on a plate.
Freeze the shells for at least a 2 hours or overnight. The frozen shell will prevent the sorbet from melting too quickly when you serve it.
If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can transfer the mixture to a 8×8 metal baking pan. Freeze until firm, about 2-3 hours, stirring with a fork every half hour.
Frozen shells can be filled with sorbet and frozen again and kept several days in the freezer
Recipe adapted from Cuisine Magazine