Every summer I strive to create recipes inspired by our favorite seasonal produce. Plums are one of those fruits that we tend to eat mostly fresh just as they come off the tree. This year, we have had such a bountiful harvest of plums from our tree that I absolutely had to create something unique with these summer jewels. Because plums ripen at the height of summer, I wanted to turn our plums into something refreshing which led me to create this simple plum sherbet.
WHAT IS SHERBET exactly?
Sherbet (commonly mispronounced as “sherbert”) is lighter than ice cream and creamier than sorbet. If you ask me, sherbet is most definitely the superior summer frozen treat. I also think that sherbet is very under-appreciated in the food world. Why exactly, I am not sure. But hopefully in sharing my simple plum sherbet recipe with all of you sherbet will experience a much-deserved revival ;)
HOW TO MAKE PLUM SHERBET:
Sweet with a touch of tartness, plums have the ideal flavor balance to be used in sherbet. Plums get simply cooked down with some sugar and a splash of water and then blended until super smooth. To this plum pureé, you simply add a touch of vanilla extract and a cup of sour cream. Yes, you read that right, sour cream! The gentle tartness of sour cream makes for a truly incredible sherbet. Creme fraîche also works beautifully or you could even make a dairy-free version by using vegan sour cream (*see recipe below for how to make a simple vegan sour cream).
When I took my first taste of this simple plum sherbet it immediately reminded me of the rainbow sherbert I used to eat as a child. Specifically the pink layer in the rainbow! It also helps that this plum sherbet is a gorgeous shade of pink which is absolutely beautiful to behold <3
Easy, fresh, and absolutely delicious – this simple plum sherbet truly deserves to be a part of your summer! And the greatest thing about this recipe is that you can use it as a guide to making any summer fruit sherbet that your heart desires!