3-Fruit Sherbet, or "Three of a Kind" Sherbet

Mother made this sherbet several times a year when I was growing up. Although we also made hand-cranked homemade ice cream a few times each summer, Mother froze this sherbet in ice trays in the freezer, and made it regardless of season. It was a particular favorite of mine. I now think that really terrific smoothies made of citrus, banana and yogurt are almost as good as this, but I came to love this treat long before the word "smoothie" had entered my world.

Mother made this sherbet without a recipe, always starting with three of each of the three fruits. I asked her to tell me what she thought she did, and she dictated this recipe to me. Although Mother used hand tools for the whole thing, a food processor for blending and an ice cream freezer for freezing also work well. These days I double the recipe, reduce the sugar substantially, and usually add the zest of at least one lemon and one orange. I freeze this in our small, trusty Cuisinart freezer.

Ingredients and Steps

3 bananas, mashed

3 lemons, squeezed

3 oranges, squeezed

Add 1 - 1 1/2 cups milk, and 3/4 - 1 cup sugar. Remember to use your taste tester often. We add salt and sometimes the grated rinds of lemons and oranges, when we want to. Coconut might be good, too. Pour the mixture into containers. Freeze. Before serving, thaw slightly, and beat furiously. Delectable!