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Lemon Lime Crush Sherbet, and a chance to win!


I love sherbet.  I always have!  My  mom always chose that first, over regular ice cream, and more often than not, we had some in the freezer.  My favorite was always the rainbow sherbet with raspberry, orange and lime stripes.  Those neon colors just called to me!  Of course, now I know that those neon colors were all courtesy of chemicals and dyes.  Another childhood memory down the drain?  Nah.  They were--and always will be--good times.

But wait--there’s more!  Today’s post contains another memory about my childhood.  Walkers Shortbread.   My mom and grandmother adored shortbread.  You may remember that I shared their recipe with all of you about a year ago--served alongside Guacamole Ice Cream.  Yes, really!  If you don’t remember it, or are curious about what the heck is in guacamole ice cream, you can click here.  That shortbread is a tried and true recipe in our family.  We made it every single Christmas.  But my mom--she really hated making cookies.  Seriously.  I don’t know where I inherited my love for baking cookies.  I mean, she’d bake…easy things, like banana bread or quickie muffins.  Her only exception was Christmas--we’d make a triple batch of those cookies and share the love.

When she wanted a quick shortbread fix, she’d grab a box of Walkers Shortbread and enjoy a few cookies with her tea.  For boxed cookies?  They taste incredibly close to homemade--delicious!  They were one of her favorites and in her eyes, always a special treat.

So when I was contacted by Iza, who represents Walkers a couple weeks ago, I was taken right back to my childhood!  She wanted to know if I was interested in samples, recipe development, and a giveaway.  How could I say no to that?  My mom would have gotten such a kick out of it!

I chose my samples* and received a nice package filled with classics.  When you turn a box of Walkers Shortbread over and look at the ingredients, you’ll see only four:  flour, butter, sugar and salt.  That’s it!  All of their products are made in Scotland, and contain natural butter-- without any growth hormones or antibiotics.  They don’t contain any hydrogenated vegetable oils, either.  Just the same good things we use in our own kitchens.  Also, many of their products are Kosher.  For more info, check out their FAQ page.   

What does this all have to do with sherbet?  Good question!  I did mention recipe development.  I decided to use the shortbread as a crust in lime bars--think lemon bars, only a little more interesting.  But I didn’t stop there.  I cut the bars into squares, froze some of them--and added them to the tartest, most pucker inducing lemon lime sherbet I could come up with.  This sherbet rocks my world, let me tell you.


I used the recipe for lime bars that I always use, and you can find it here:  Lime Bars.   What makes them so pucker inducing?  Citric Acid.  I finally found some!  It has many uses, one of them being the ingredient that makes sour candies so darn sour!  When you take a bite of those lime bars, you can immediately feel it.  Your mouth puckers up, and you can feel it right in the back of your cheeks.  It’s not overwhelming, but it transforms lemon bars from sweet lemon pie filling, to “Wow, these are so awesomely limey!”  I didn’t use that crust recipe for these--I made one with Walkers Shortbread crumbs:

Extra Tart Lime Bars
makes one 8 inch square pan

Walkers Shortbread Cookie Crust:

1 1/4 cup Walkers Shortbread crumbs
5 TB melted butter
2 TB almond paste
1 TB lime zest
pinch of salt
1 TB sugar
3 Tb flour


1 cup sugar, stirred together with
4 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
2 large eggs
1 Tbs grated lime rind
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp citric salt, aka citric acid (optional) but gives good pucker up-ness!

Mix all of the crust ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. 
Pat into a slightly greased 8 inch square pan.
Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
Wipe out the food processor bowl and add the filling ingredients.
Process for one minute.
Remove crust from oven, and pour lime bar filling over the top.
Bake for 20 minutes, cool and cut into squares.  Store in the fridge.
Dust with confectioners sugar if you like--but not if you're using them in the sherbet!


Lemon Lime Crush Sherbet

adapted from Joy of Baking

3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
zest of 1 1/2 lemons
zest of 1/2 a lime
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half and half or milk
2/3 cup superfine sugar

In a medium bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together.  Make sure the sugar has dissolved.
Depending on the fruit, you may need to add more sugar.  Time to taste test!  I added a couple more tablespoons at this point.
Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes.
Set up your ice cream maker, and freeze the mixture according to manufacturer's instructions.
While that's doing it's freezing thing, remove the lime bars from the freezer and cut them into chunks.
In the last 5 minutes or so of freezing, toss about half of the lime bar chunks into the ice cream maker.  Let it finish freezing.
Transfer to a plastic container with a tight fitting lid, and then carefully fold in the remaining chunks of lime bar.
It'll be like soft serve at first, but in a couple of hours, it'll be a nice, sturdy sherbet.

The verdict!

  • Oooh, it’s so tart and tangy!  Just the way I like it.  Pucker up!
  • The slightly sweet almond paste in the crust?  Really stands out in the sherbet and balances with the tanginess.
  • You may want to run a knife through your pile of zest and chop it up a little finer.  But you don’t have to--I didn’t.  Just sayin’.  Yes, I do use a microplane zester.
  • Don’t forget to make the bars again just to eat, because they’re so. Damn. Good.  And your friends will be jealous of your exceptional “Lemon Bars.”  Shhh…just don’t tell them they’re made with limes and not a drop of lemon!
  • Look, mom!  No fake neon colors!  Just natural, snowy white, gorgeous sherbet that’s got more flavor than any store brand.  And it’s fresh, natural ingredients will make you happy.

What do you have a chance to win?

Iza and the nice folks at Walkers Shortbread have agreed to give one lucky reader an Afternoon Tea Package!  It’s got a great assortment of Walkers products, including cookies, biscuits and tea--plus a tea towel in their signature plaid. 


How do you enter?

  1. Leave a comment telling me about one of your favorite childhood food memories.  Could be an ingredient, a dish, an aroma that brings you back--anything that’s a good childhood food memory.
  2. You can tweet about this, if you like.  Just link back to this post.  You can do this once a day for one additional entry per day. 
  3. I’ll choose a winner randomly on Tuesday, May 25th.  That’s one week to get your entries in.  (Open to US residents only, sorry!)

Good luck! 


*I wasn't compensated in any way for my opinion on Walkers Shortbread, but did receive some free samples to try and to develop a recipe with.

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Reader Comments (28)

I look forward to airplane rides only b/c they usually have walker shortbread in the lame little 'lunch' boxes they give out. oh I love shortbread! Childhood memory: my dad would make what we called 'jail food.' Split pea soup from a powder mix in a sourdough bowl. We still laugh about his bachelor jail food.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulia

ohhh i love puckered-up-ness. oh yes indeed. i am a huge fan of you, but not a fan of walkers, so no need to enter me in. just wanted to say how much i love your crush sherbert.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervanillasugar

Oh, I think homemade mac & cheese has to be the dish that I remember most from childhood. My sister & I still make versions of it today.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Yum! That looks delicious... one of my favorite food memories from my childhood is making ice cream - with one of those old hand-crank ice cream makers - Mom would make the ice cream and my sisters and I would all take turns turning that crank... waiting with anticipation of a taste of wonderful ice cream when Mom would finally decide that we'd turned that crank enough times ...

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen

I done died and gone to heaven...

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

My most standout childhood memory is definitely staying with my grandparents in the summers growing up. They grew a HUGE garden and Nanny always cooked a huge lunch full of vegetable dishes. I certainly miss those days now that they're both gone and the picture in my mind of the table full of food is as crisp as ever.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril in CT

The sherbet and lime bars sound absolutely divine! Since summer is approaching, I have memories of fresh corn on the cob smothered with salt and butter. There used to be a vegetable man in a truck who came around once or twice a week with fresh fruits and veggies and I fondly remember waiting until he took my Mom's order into the house and we kids would "steal" a handful of fresh peas in the pod. They were so delicious- he would catch us and yell a bit , but he always ended up giving us a handful more!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYael

it's nothing really, but I was a kid back in the 70's and we were more free then, but us kids used to go exploring at all the campgrounds we stayed at during the summer and at each one, there was always an ice cream guy that had those orange push ups...I can STILL taste those, that one day I bought them just to satisfy my craving and it was like going back in time, to that freedom, fun, youth and how it felt like life was a never ending adventure!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaryAnne

I would love to win this for my daughter, she is crazy for Walker's!
A favorite memory would have to be baking cookies with her after school .

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

summers at my grandmothers....breaded pork chops with spaghetti, blackberry pie, her famous chocolate cake, grampa cooking breakfast & the smell of coffee and sausage wafting upstairs to wake you up, picnics at the lake, hunting for dandelion greens & lady slippers in the spring, mason jars of corn relish & piccallili lining the sides of the basement stairs, Thanksgiving Dinner!!!!, her devilled eggs, tins and tins of spritz cookies at Christmas (the Christmas tree ones were always my favorite) peanut brittle cooling on the counter, and the famous "Zucchini Bread" incident!!!!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen B.

One of my favorite childhood memories is eating rhubarb at my nanny's house in the spring. (Nanny was my dad's mom.) She had a huge plant in her back yard and would simply stew it with sugar. We ate it slightly warm, with melt-y vanilla ice cream. My parents HATED rhubarb, so nanny's house was the only place I had it when I was young. Now I look forward to spring and rhubarb with vanilla ice cream, in crumbles, as a sauce for pork.... it would also be great with shortbread!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren H.

Adding citric acid is pretty daring! That would wake up anyone who took a bite. Baked peaches and browned butter are definitely a childhood memory of baking peach cobbler. :)

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Duo Dishes

AHHHH Sherbet! I love that stuff - this looks so good!!! I might have to make this, very very soon.

I love your food styling in these photos! Not to mentiont he sherbet looks delicious!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I actually have fond childhood memories about sharing these cookies with my dad, they were his favorite. When I was a kid I would get him a small package of the shortbread. We also both adore molasses cookies and when my mom would pick up a giant molasses cookie from the store we would lay on the living room floor sharing bites of the sweet, spicy goodness. I think of those times shared with dad every time I see the shortbread cookies in the store or bake molasses cookies.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervalen

My favorite childhood treat was this chocolate pudding my grandmother would buy from me in huge cans hahaha. The idea of eating that sounds so gross to me now! :D

This sherbet is such a great idea!!! I bet it tastes amazing.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMemoria

Looks Delicious! Walkers absolutely brings back childhood memories-and that Sherbet! Thats on my to do list now!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Boston Food Diary

Thank you! I've been looking for a good sherbet recipe for some time. A New England summer classic. Yum!

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl

Your photos are gorgeous here. Love that Sherbert!!
My favorite childhood food was my mom's homemade spaghetti and meatballs. And now that I've just said the word, I'm craving it :)

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Just discovered your blog-I love it!
Some of my favorite childhood food memories are from when we would eat at my Grandmother's. She made the best chicken and dumplings and a wonderful Butternut Cake!! Wish I had some of both right now!!

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebra J

One of my childhood memories actually involved lime sherbet. My mom and dad used to tease us kids about going to see the "man over the bridge". There were 8 of us kids and treats at a restaurant weren't very common. The "man over the bridge" was our local ice cream parlour really called "Bridgeman's Ice Cream Shoppe". I always had a cone with lime ice sherbet. Was it ever good!

Just today I bought some lime sherbet when I went to the grocery store.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkayceebeebee

The first watermelon of the summer while watching my Dad cut it lengthwise and its clean, sweet smell as he handed out slices to us. A wonderful memory for me because before slicing, he would cut a small piece and test it to make sure it was sweet. He would smile and we knew it was a good one.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

You made this with actual lime bars?!??! AMAZING!!! I love sherbet too, but this looks SO much better than the typical sherbet. SO MUCH! It's beautiful :)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSues

My mom made the best Shepherd's Pie...she's not with us anymore, but I did get ALL of her recipes!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Beth

blueberries! definitely my #1 childhood food memory. multiple summers i stayed with my grandmother to attend a summer camp program near where she lived. my breakfast options every morning were blueberry bagels, blueberry cereal or blueberry pancakes. i don't know why it always worked out that way but somehow it did and it was delicious.

My mom made homemade bread for us growing up and one of the best treats was getting a slice of warm bread generously spread with butter & honey. So simple & delicious! On a shortbread note, my grandmother always kept Walker's shortbread at her house and I can remember sneaking pieces. :)

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

My dad had the sweet tooth in the family, and in the summer, there was always sherbet in the freezer. I remember hot summer nights watching tv after dinner, and mom scooping big balls of orange, lemon & lime sherbet, which we'd savor to cool us down. This recipe brings that back.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

childhood foods sometimes are the best to recreate! I'm going to have to try your sorbet recipe--- entirely refreshing for these HOT summer days we're already having in Atlanta!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBren

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