Cucumber Sherbet

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Author Notes: This sherbet is cool as a cucumber (sorry, couldn't resist), takes very little time to make, and is much more delicious than I expected! I was inspired to make a frozen dessert featuring cucumbers after seeing drbabs recipe for cucumber mint ice cream, and I'm calling this a sherbet because it's got a little dairy in it...you can leave the creme fraiche out and have sorbet instead (but I like how the creme fraiche balances the honey). - WinnieAbWinnieAb

Food52 Review: This sweet treat defies everything you thought you knew about cucumber. Packed with the refreshing quality of cucumber, the sherbet has just a little interesting zip and a whisper of something creamy and rich from the crème fraiche. Cucumber Sherbet is a unique way to serve cucumber and very easy. - biffbourgeoisStephanie Bourgeois

Serves 4-6

  • 2 English cucumbers (peeling them is optional), coarsely chopped
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 2/3 cups honey
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche
  1. Put all ingredients in your blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into your ice cream maker and proceed according to manufacturer's instructions. After 30 minutes in my machine, this had a nice granita-like texture. Place in freezer overnight if you want it to be firmer.
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Bike2

about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Ingenious!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Congrats on your EP - cukes are the only thing looking good in my garden and I look forward to trying your recipe.

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about 4 years ago lapadia

Hi WinnieAb, I am slowly catching up on my F52 saved recipes; made this recipe and I need to shout it out…SO REFRESHING AND TASTY!! Thanks for sharing your creation…

Winnie100

about 4 years ago WinnieAb

Thanks for letting me know:) I loved it, but wasn't sure anyone else would!

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about 4 years ago carmicha

I wonder how this would be with Pimm's instead of the vodka... since there's nothing more refreshing than Pimms, 7-up and a cucumber wedge on a hot summer day.

Winnie100

about 4 years ago WinnieAb

Try it and let me know ;)

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over 4 years ago mdm

Tomorrow my partner's going to make Indian food (including naan made on the grill -- gotta get him on this site -- YUM), and this will be my contribution to the feast. Can't wait to try it!

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Wow, sounds great! Let me know how it goes!

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over 4 years ago mdm

SO good! Thanks for the recipe. It was a perfect ending to a spicy Indian meal -- dal, shrimp in spicy tomato/butter sauce (I'm sure there's a name for it), moghlai creamed spinach, naan homemade on the grill ... and then this sherbet. We all loved it -- rave reviews.

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over 4 years ago mdm

oh and it was just nearly 4 cups of cuc that I used. I might cut back on the honey a tad next time, but the others loved it as is.

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

mdm,
thanks so so much for letting me know you all liked it! I agree- it might be a bit sweet for some...recipe should probably say 1/2 cup and then add more to taste...

Raquel4

over 4 years ago RaquelG


Yummmmmm! What a versitile recipe.... My Friday night happy hour is at a Thai restaurant and I can see adapting their Cucumber-Lemongrass Mojito to this sherbet with a little mint, ginger- and lemongrass-infused simple syrup to sub for the honey and a drop of rum. I love turning my fave drinks into dessert :)

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Yum, that sounds great...

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over 4 years ago Midge

Yum! Would love to know how the gin substitute goes if you try it, AntoniaJames.

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Me too!

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over 4 years ago Heena

I need to buy an ice-cream maker stat!

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Can't believe you don't have one already!

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over 4 years ago whatsjohneating

This sounds heavenly. I wish I had an ice cream maker!

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Get one! It's so worth having...

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over 4 years ago monkeymom

Beautiful! How do you think it would be with pineapple instead of lime? Does it need that tartness with the cukes?

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

You don't really taste the lime very much when all is said and done...pineapple might be interesting, but you might want to cut down on the honey a bit...might be too sweet with this amount.

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over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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WinnieAb, how many cups of cucumber, chopped, do you get from the two English cucumbers you use? I'll be using Persian cucumbers, as I cannot get unwaxed (and local) English cucumbers. Plus, the English available here range considerably in size. Many thanks. ;o)

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

AJ, I am kicking myself right now because I was going to do the measurement in cups...much more useful for those who want to use homegrown or other types of (local) cucumbers, right? Since cukes won't be ready in my garden for a little while, I spaced out on that a bit...silly me. Anyway, I think it was about 3 1/2-4 cups, chopped, give or take a little, and when everything else was added and was blended up, it was about 5 cups or so. Feel free to taste as you add things to the blender; you can always use more cucumber, less honey, etc.

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over 4 years ago gluttonforlife

Gorgeous!!

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Thanks friend!

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over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Another to-die-for treat, WinnieAb! I can definitely see using gin in this lovely concoction. I am totally in love with cucumber, plus gin, plus lime (having been introduced to the combination while testing the amazing Cucumber Gin Cocktail submitted by saenyc for the "Best Refresher" contest). This looks amazing. Saved to my recipes. I hope to make this very soon! ;o)

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

The more I think about it, the more gin does sound good. If you want to taste the alcohol (whether it's vodka or gin), I'd add more than 3 Tb, though...

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over 4 years ago ENunn

Mmmmm, with an uppercase M. This would be good with oysters on the half-shell.

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Yes, it would!

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over 4 years ago lapadia

I second that....Nice and amazing!

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Aw, thanks!

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over 4 years ago clintonhillbilly

Sounds good -- what does adding the vodka do to the flavor? Do you think gin would work too?

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

You don't taste the alcohol at all (at least the vodka...I'm not sure about gin)- I always add a little alcohol to sherbet/sorbet so it doesn't freeze completely...helps it have a better consistency

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over 4 years ago drbabs

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Nice, WinnieAb! I'm extremely honored to have inspired you--I think you're an amazing cook, blogger, and recipe creator. I look forward to trying this!

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Blushing...

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

I think it will be perfect!

Hib_kitchen

over 4 years ago MyCommunalTable

Now this looks great and refreshing. I am having some friends over next week and are making Pulled Pork, oysters, pot stickers, etc. It's a heavy meal, so this is going to be my finish. Thanks.