Easy strawberry sherbet in 5 minutes using 4 ingredients!
Easy recipes with few ingredients are the best way to allow individual ingredients to shine. Unfettered by all the bells and whistles of their more complicated kin, fruits and vegetables at their peak sing a solo and bring the house down. The entire country of Italy has mastered this art to perfection.
This week I could have made some simple fried artichokes in the Roman fashion – or roasted them with some olive oil and lemon. I could have thrown together a quick a carbonara with fava beans or asparagus, or any number of other dishes I love. But as I stared at plump rosy strawberries at the market this week, I knew these juicy babies would be my star.
The most important thing to remember in this recipe is to throw the berries, the food processor bowl and blade, and milk into the freezer an hour or two before making the sherbet. If you don't, you'll get a smoothie instead of sherbet. All good, but it won't be sherbet.
This recipe makes a sherbet that's soft. If you want it harder, just empty the sherbet from the processor bowl into a container and pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
One of the best things about this recipe is I can now make sherbet just for me, or double it if my husband wants some. I don't have to commit to an entire pint (or more). Because no matter how much will power I can try to muster, I'm going to eat that whole pint if it's in the house. Know what I'm saying?
Five-Minute Strawberry Sherbet
- 1 cup whole strawberries hulled
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup superfine cane sugar also called caster sugar
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Freeze the strawberries, milk, and the work bowl and blade of your food processor for at least 1 hour, until the berries are frozen solid.
- Place the frozen strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse to chop berries coarsely; then run the machine continuously to create almost a purèe.
- With the machine still running, pour the very cold milk through the feed tube into the strawberry mixture until the mixture is JUST blended.
- Spoon into dessert dishes, garnish with fresh mint, and serve immediately!