I just looked at the calendar and realized that Halloween is next week! So I grabbed my Halloween file and decided to give you 3 recipes between today and the “scary day” so you have time to make some in advance and/or, to decide what to make to keep the Adult Ghosts & Goblins happy giving out treats! Middle sized tricksters might also bribe you into these for a party, too, so — as the Scout Motto says: Be Prepared!
Since the idea of ice cream or sorbet is never far from the minds of Californians (or most anyone else, even if it’s cold outside, it’s warm inside) – here’s a really cute Halloween version of an Orange Sorbet you can keep in the freezer for any dinner party dessert!
Trick or Treat anyone????
Jack-O-Lantern Orange Sorbets
- 8 large navel oranges, scrubbed clean
- 4 pints of orange/mango sorbet (or pumpkin ice cream)
Cut off the top 1/4 of the orange and reserve the top (for the cap). If the orange doesn’t sit straight, shave off a bit at the bottom so it will sit straight.
With a spoon or flexible paring knife, scrape out all the orange flesh, getting out everything inside but being careful not to cut into or through the shell. If there is any orange flesh on the cap, scrape that off, also.
Using the paring knife (or any decorating tool you might have), cut out just the orange zest part of the Jack-O-Lantern face, starting with the mouth and then work upwards. You can make different faces on each one if you like. Be careful just to cut off the orange part, leaving the white “pith” intact.
When all are carved, fill each orange completely with sorbet, sherbet, or ice cream of your choice, mounding it above the rim. Set the ‘cap’ on top.
Freeze, tightly wrapped, up to 3 days before serving. Remove from freezer about 5 minutes before serving to allow sorbet to soften a little.
If you’re feeling really creative – or the kids are – they can attach coconut or crushed nuts to the mounded sides for “hair” or stick in some pretzel sticks! Add pretzels after removing from freezer but coconut & nuts can be frozen at the beginning.