Zoku Popsicle Maker: Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet Pops
I must have looked for David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop for almost 6 months at my fave used bookstore, thinking a copy would turn up eventually. It never did. And now I know why! You’d be crazy to give up this book! Covering ice cream, gelati, sorbetti, granitas and a full spectrum of accompanying sauces, The Perfect Scoop offers a mix of more traditional (chocolate & peanut butter, rum raisin, chocolate sorbet) and not-so-traditional flavors (orange-Szechuan peppercorn, pear-pecorino, roquefort-honey). If it tastes great on its own, why not in ice cream? The book is a must for anyone who likes frozen treats, dairy or non-.
First up – lemon-buttermilk sherbet – recipe is in a Google Books preview here. I’m impatient (and forgot to pre-freeze the bowl for the ice cream maker), so I used my Zoku popsicle maker. You’re basically making a double strength simple syrup with lemon zest and adding buttermilk and lemon juice.
It reminds me a little of lemon meringue pie — brightly sour and sweet, but smoothed by the creamy tang of buttermilk. I made the full recipe as written and although I haven’t used all of it yet (I only have 6 Zoku pop sticks), I’d estimate a full recipe will give you 12 Zoku pops. I’m thinking about adding graham cracker crumbs to the next batch…