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5 holiday desserts made lighter

By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 18, 2012, 4:09 p.m.
A bowl of clementine sorbet

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Clementine Sorbet

Clementine —often called Christmas orange — in the form of sorbet is the ideal palate cleanser after a heavy meal.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes, plus refrigeration

Yield: About 1 quart

Clementine Sorbet


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 cups clementine juice (about 4 pounds of fruit)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, chilled
Cooking directions
  1. Bring water to boil. Slowly add sugar and zest. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool, about 30 minutes. Strain contents through a metal sieve into a mixing bowl.
  2. While contents cool, halve clementines and juice, yielding about 3 cups. Add juice to mixing bowl. To catch pulp and seeds, pour through metal sieve. Add coconut milk and stir until blended, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour contents into ice cream maker container. Stir periodically until almost frozen, about 3 hours. Serve immediately.