Homemade Florida Orange Sorbet Makes Refreshing Dessert

Florida Citrus Shells are an elegant way to serve holiday desserts. (Click the link for how-to instructions.) Fill orange shells with ice cream or sherbet and serve with a plate of our luscious Key Lime and Orange Walnut Thimble Cookies.

For a light dessert that is deliciously refreshing, fill orange shells with homemade sorbet made with Florida navel oranges.

Fresh Florida Orange Sorbet

  • Carefully remove the zest from two Florida navel oranges, scraping off pith.
  • Place zest in a saucepan with 2 cups water and 1-1/3 cups sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Cover pan, reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain syrup into a bowl, discarding zest, and cool.
  • When cool, stir into the syrup 3 cups fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice and 4 tablespoons lemon juice.
  • Poor the mixture into a 9″ x 13″ glass or ceramic pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for 4 to 5 hours until the mixture is firm.
  • Remove pan from freezer and scoop mixture into a chilled mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for a minute or two until airy. Do not allow to melt.
  • Immediately spoon sorbet into a sealed freezer container and freeze until firm.
  • Just before serving, remove sorbet from the freezer and allow to stand briefly before scooping into shells.
  • Place each shell on a small dessert plate or bowl and serve immediately.
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