We’re still in the dog days of summer here in the South; 90° days have been our norm since May and it’s only the beginning of August, with plenty of scorchers ahead. So I’m always on the lookout for refreshing desserts to help keep us cool. It’s been a while since I shared Banana Berry Sorbet and recently Rebecca shared her Lime Sorbet, which reignited my craving for smooth and cool sorbet. If you’ve never made sorbet, it’s very easy to make and is versatile, allowing for a wide range of flavors sure to please any palate. I’ve been searching for an orange and pineapple dessert combination, so Pineapple-Orange Sorbet was an easy choice.
This was also a great recipe to have my girls involved in the preparation. They slow the process a bit with their questions and distractions, but the experience is fun for all of us – and they gain invaluable kitchen knowledge along the way. With this recipe, they took turns grating the orange zest and squeezing the juices. They loved how we used all of the orange (zest and juice) and gave the scraps to the birds, who happily cleaned out what we didn’t use.
The hardest part of this recipe is harnessing enough patience to wait for it all to freeze. Your patience will pay off, though, once you take a cool spoonful of this sorbet. I adjusted my measurements slightly, adapting from allrecipes.com, and was thrilled with the perfect balance of orange and pineapple.
I used canned pineapple for the batch shown and listed here, but I would imagine that using fresh pineapple would increase the sweetness – so your sugar mixture might have to be adjusted so it’s not too sweet. Conversely, if your freshly-squeezed orange juice is on the tart side, you may need slightly more sugar to offset the tartness. I used a combination of half store-bought orange juice with half freshly-squeezed and the sweetness was spot-on in relation to my sugar mixture. Once completely frozen, allow the sorbet to thaw slightly for easier and smoother scooping. I found that the sorbet stuck to my scoop more when frozen versus being slightly thawed.