Makes 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups; 4 servings

For years, most growers eschewed the demanding care of white peaches and nectarines. But lately, growers in the San Joaquin Valley responded to a demand from the Asian market. The desire for flavorful white fruit prompted large plantings and the development of more varieties that ripen over a longer period. Serve this sorbet freshly made, while it's soft and very smooth. If making ahead and freezing, thaw partially and beat to a slush to serve.

How to Make It

Step 1

Slice nectarines into a bowl. Add lemon juice and mix with fruit to keep slices from darkening.

Step 2

Pour fruit and juice into a blender or food processor. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, liqueur, vanilla, and sour cream. Whirl until peel is finely ground (it turns the purée pink). Taste and add more sugar if desired.

Step 3

Pour nectarine mixture into a 1-quart or larger ice cream maker (refrigerated or frozen-cylinder kind, or one that uses salt and ice) and follow manufacturer's directions. Churn until dasher is very hard to turn.

Step 4

Scoop nectarine sorbet into bowls and serve.

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