Grapefruit Sherbet

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  • 3 Ruby Red grapefruits, halved
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Dash of salt
  • 6 maraschino cherries (optional)


  1. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each grapefruit half so that it sits flat. Squeeze grapefruit halves, reserving 3 cups pulp and juice. Gently remove membrane, leaving shells intact; scallop edges, if desired. Freeze shells.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches soft ball stage (240°). Set aside.
  3. Combine egg whites (at room temperature), cream of tartar, and salt in a large metal mixing bowl; beat until stiff peaks form. Slowly pour hot syrup in a thin stream over egg whites while beating at medium speed of an electric mixer. Turn mixer to high speed, and continue beating 5 minutes or until stiff. Add reserved 3 cups grapefruit pulp and juice, stirring well. Freeze mixture 4 hours.
  4. Remove from freezer, and stir grape fruit mixture until well blended. Repeat freezing procedure until mixture reaches the consistency of a sherbet. Spoon into prepared grapefruit shells. Freeze until firm.
  5. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving. Place on individual serving plates; garnish each with a cherry, if desired.
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