With only 4 ingredients, you’ll love easy this delicious and creamy homemade treat is to make. Orange Sherbet is tangy and sweet with a refreshing twist of orange for the perfect summer dessert.
On a hot day, all I’m thinking of is ways to cool down. A sweet frozen dessert is the perfect way to do just that! This orange sherbet recipe is so easy to whip up in a matter of hours and you don’t even need an ice cream machine.
It’s a simple recipe that even the kids can help you make. The prep work only takes about 2 minutes! The rest of the magic happens in the freezer.
Each bite of creamy sherbet has the lovely flavor of sweet orange. It’s the perfect summertime treat or any time of year for that matter.
Who knows, it may become your new favorite treat!
Why You’ll Love this Homemade Orange Sherbet
- Delicious natural flavor of oranges
- Fun recipe for the kids to help make
- Quick to prep
- Ready to enjoy in about 6 hours
- Cold, creamy and yummy
- Only 4 ingredients
- No fancy equipment required
- Orange juice with pulp – You can use pulp-free orange juice if you wish. I find the orange pulp tends to make the orange juice taste fresher. You won’t be able to tell there is pulp in it once it freezes and sets.
- White granulated sugar
- Whole milk
- Heavy cream – If you’re in Canada, look for “whipping cream” with its high milk fat content.
How to Make Orange Sherbet
- Step One: In a medium sized bowl, use a whisk or an electric mixer to combine the orange juice with sugar, milk and heavy cream.
- Step Two: Pour the mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf tin and place tin in the freezer for 4 to 6 hours.
- Step Three: Remove the tin from the freezer and allow to thaw slightly before scooping.
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What to Serve with Homemade Sherbet
Substitutions and Variations
- Add some orange zest into the mixture for an extra boost of orange flavor.
- You can try skim milk or 2% milk instead of the whole milk, but it may not be as creamy.
- Use fresh orange juice instead of the store bought version.
- Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to give it a creamsicle taste.
This sherbet will last about 2 to 3 months in the freezer when covered. I cover mine with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight freezer container.
What is Orange Sherbet?
Orange sherbet can be described as a cross between ice cream and sorbet. It has some dairy like ice cream does (though not nearly as much) and fruit like sorbet does. It’s creamier than sorbet, but not as creamy as homemade ice cream.
Once you have the sherbet base (milk, heavy cream and sugar), you can use other types of fruit juice to make different flavors.
Do I Need an Ice Cream Maker to Make Orange Sherbet?
Nope! You can make this easy sherbet recipe with tools you have in your kitchen right now. All you’ll need it a mixer (either a hand mixer or stand mixer) and a loaf pan. Oh and your freezer!
How Long to Freeze Sherbet?
The set time may vary slightly depending on the temperature of your freezer. It’s typically between 4 to 6 hours.
I usually prepare it in the evening and let it freeze overnight so it’s ready the next day.
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- 1 ½ cups orange juice with pulp
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- In a medium sized bowl, use a whisk or an electric mixer to combine the orange juice with sugar, milk and heavy cream.
- Pour the mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf tin and place tin in the freezer for 4 to 6 hours.
- Remove the tin from the freezer and allow to thaw slightly before scooping.
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