The flavor of watermelon comes through beautifully in this homemade sherbet recipe.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
4 hrs 30 mins
total:
4 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 quart
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the watermelon, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a large mixing bowl; stir to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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  • Blend the mixture in a blender until smooth; return to the bowl.

  • Pour the cold water into a saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water; let stand 1 minutes. Place the saucepan over low heat; cook for 2 minutes. Stir the gelatin mixture into the blended watermelon mixture. Add the heavy cream; beat with an electric hand mixer at medium speed until the mixture is fluffy.

  • Transfer the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions until it reaches "soft-serve" consistency. Transfer ice cream to a one- or two-quart lidded plastic container; cover surface with plastic wrap and seal. For best results, ice cream should ripen in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 32.1g 10% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 40.8mg 14% DV; sodium 62.5mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2011
This is the first recipe I've felt compelled to review. It is wonderful! I doubled the recipe to use up a watermelon that was past it's prime. The whole family has really loved this. I made it without using an ice cream maker. I just poured the mixture into a metal bowl and popped it into the freezer. Every couple of hours I whisked it until it was an even texture. When it reached soft serve consistency, I put it into a a covered container and stored it back in the freezer. We'll use this recipe as a jumping pad for other fruit sorbets for sure. I'm envisioning pineapple-coconut, cantaloupe-mint, whatever happens to be in season! Thanks Terry Wilson for sharing! Read More
(43)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2012
There was a very large watermelon left on my doorstep and I was looking for unique ideas to use it all up. I purchased all ingredients for this recipe and followed the recipes exactly except I doubled everything. There may have been too much lemon; however the sherbert was not sour. My kids loved the watermelon but we did not like the sherbert as well as I hoped we would. It did have a wonderful texture but I wouldn't know how to change this enough to be comfortable trying it again. Read More
(3)
53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2011
This is the first recipe I've felt compelled to review. It is wonderful! I doubled the recipe to use up a watermelon that was past it's prime. The whole family has really loved this. I made it without using an ice cream maker. I just poured the mixture into a metal bowl and popped it into the freezer. Every couple of hours I whisked it until it was an even texture. When it reached soft serve consistency, I put it into a a covered container and stored it back in the freezer. We'll use this recipe as a jumping pad for other fruit sorbets for sure. I'm envisioning pineapple-coconut, cantaloupe-mint, whatever happens to be in season! Thanks Terry Wilson for sharing! Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2011
I was scared to try this for my daughters first birthday - a watermelon party - because of the lack of ratings. It was fabulous! I was afraid it would be too sweet but I made it just as suggested and it came out perfect. It's more like sorbet or gelato than ice cream. Very refreshing! I gave the recipe to several people that requested it. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2011
This sherbet is amazing! The lemon juice gives it just the right kick. You won't want to stop eating it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2015
Great sherbet! I used sugar free raspberry jello and 1/2 c sugar. Also added a tbs vanilla and fat free milk instead of cream to lighten it up. Kids gobbled it up!!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2012
I was looking for a recipe to use my over ripe watermelon in so I didn't have to waste it I came across this it looked simple and the couple reviews it did have were good so I thought why not! So happy I did this sherbet is amazing! Not only does it taste good but its super simple and quick! My husband who isn't a fan of watermelon also LOVED it! It didn't last long in our house! I have never left a review before but this was too good not to 5stars for sure!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2016
Added mini chocolate chips (to represent seeds) with about 5 minutes left in the ice cream machine. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2012
My husband was given a watermelon however we have no watermelon lovers in our family so it sat on the counter for a few days before I thought...what could I make with it that they might like so I tried this! I mixed it all together with an emulsion blender & I did not have an ice cream maker so I put in a metal bowl (like another reviewer) and stirred it once before going to bed. This afternoon I pulled it out to try not expecting much since I didn't have an ice cream maker and I'm not much of a watermelon lover but OMG this is really good!!! Better than sherbert! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
05/30/2012
Watermelon is one of my very favorites and this sherbet was great! The only problem was that it did not freeze well in my ice cream freezer. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2013
Lightened it up by reducing the sugar to 1/2 cup and using half & half in place of heavy cream. It was still SO GOOD. Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2012
There was a very large watermelon left on my doorstep and I was looking for unique ideas to use it all up. I purchased all ingredients for this recipe and followed the recipes exactly except I doubled everything. There may have been too much lemon; however the sherbert was not sour. My kids loved the watermelon but we did not like the sherbert as well as I hoped we would. It did have a wonderful texture but I wouldn't know how to change this enough to be comfortable trying it again. Read More
(3)
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