Julia Child’s Apricot Sherbet

Julia Child’s Apricot sherbet is definitely one of the best desserts perfect for summer, or perhaps for a Sunday afternoon. Every scoop you get from Julia Child’s Apricot sherbet is a taste of freshness that everybody will surely enjoy.

Making the delicious apricot sherbet is fun and easy. It might take hours to cook it, but you can bet that everything is worth the wait.

Preparation time for this recipe is about 5 hours and 10 minutes; ten minutes to prepare the ingredients, and about five hours to cook it.

Here are the ingredients and easy steps to make Julia Child’s apricot sherbet.


  • 1 can of Apricots (halves)
  • Half a cup of refined sugar
  • A couple drops of Almond extract
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 2 medium egg whites

Cooking Procedure:

Get a measuring cup (1 quart), and set aside. Get your apricots and start pureeing them until smooth, and pour it into the cup.

You have to make at least two quarts of pureed apricots for this recipe.

The next thing that you have to do, is combine the pureed apricots, lemon, and refined sugar into a mixer. In high speed, beat the mixture, until there are no signs of the refined sugar anymore.

Once the refined sugar is fully dissolved, you can now add your almond extract, and the egg whites. You can whip in the egg whites using your mixer, but I definitely recommend using an ice cream maker. It is easier and more efficient in making perfect sherbet.  If you do not have an ice cream maker, I heard that some people use food processors, which produces the same outcome as well.

Once the egg whites are whipped in, pour your mixture into a clean container, and put it inside the freezer.

The tricky part here is – you have to check the sherbet after two hours of freezing. You have to gently whip the mixture again, in order to prevent the ice from building up. You have to do this twice, or thrice, if you feel the need to do it.

Sherbet is not as solid as ice cream. It should have a consistency of a mousse. Before you serve the apricot sherbet, you have to whip once more, to achieve the kind of consistency that is perfect for a sherbet.

This is how easy Julia Child’s recipe is, for the apricot sherbet. It can be served with slices of apricots on top, or perhaps any type of fruit that you want that is available during the season.

Any child or child at heart will enjoy eating apricot sherbet for dessert, a snack in between meals, and also for a perfect midnight snack.

This recipe is also good for those who are health conscious. Apricots are high in vitamins and minerals that are good for the body and your overall health.

Julia Child’s Apricot Sherbet is in the list of delicious recipes in the Mastering the Art of French Cooking volume 2.

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