Refreshing and sweet, all wrapped up in a natural bowl—equals a win in my book! I’m always trying to think of really easy, but really cute dessert ideas. Serving sorbet in fruit is always such a clever idea, but I especially loved this idea for summer gatherings because they are not only light and refreshing, but also something something you can easily do ahead of time. Doing it ahead of time allows you to just pop them out of the freezer when it’s time for dessert. You’ll look so fancy, when in fact it just takes a little prep work and a few lemons.
If you have a lemon tree, this is so perfect for you as you can go gather your largest lemons. However, if you have to buy your lemons like I did, instead of buying a bag of lemons, I suggest hand picking your lemons so that you can get the largest ones. It also ensures that all your lemons will be about the same size and none are too small.
- Large Lemons, washed (1 per serving)
- Your Favorite Lemon Sorbet (1 pint fills about 4 lemons)
- Mint leaves (optional, for garnish)
- In order to make your lemon stand on its own, you’ll need to cut a small sliver off one end to create a flat end. Be careful not to cut through the pith as you still want your lemon to have a closed bottom.
- Cut a larger slice from the other end to create the top of your ‘cup’. I cut about one-third from the top, so you’re left with about two-thirds of your lemon. With the one-third scrap of lemon, slice and cute into wedges that you can use for garnish.
- Using a serrated knife, cut around the inside of the pith. Then, using a spoon or grapefruit spoon, scoop out the inside of the lemon. Put the lemon ‘guts’ (for lack of a better word) in a bowl or cup as you’ll have a lot of juice you could use for something else (like lemonade).
- Fill your cup with your lemon sorbet. My lemons were large enough to hold exactly 1/2 cup which is one serving of sorbet.
- Freeze your filled lemon cups if not serving immediately. I placed mine on a cookie sheet covered in foil and then placed in freezer. Once ready to serve, garnish with lemon slice and mint leaf. The lemon slice actually proved to be a great natural spoon! Enjoy.