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Dine-In: Birthdays and Sherbet

Birthday Sherbet PieMy older son, Will, does not have much of a sweet tooth – at all. In fact, the only dessert I ever hear him ask for is sherbet or sorbet. No cakes, cookies, cobblers or chocolate. It’s hard for someone like me to comprehend not enjoying chocolate every single day!

I think all of this just might go back to the fact that when I was expecting Will, the only sweet treat I craved was rainbow sherbet. I’m not kidding. I used to sit in the Baskin Robbins drive-thru, waiting impatiently for them to open so I could order my addiction: Rainbow Sherbet Freeze. There just might have been an occasion or two where I drank it in the line and made a u-turn back through for one more to go. I can’t imagine the amount of sugar I pumped through his and my body, but unless you’ve experienced a pregnancy craving, then I probably wouldn’t argue.

16 years have passed, and Will’s birthday is this week. It’s so hard to find a birthday dessert he enjoys – and that we will too! I created this recipe a few years ago as a way to just turn his sherbet request into something a bit more festive for his birthday. Of course, he doesn’t eat the crust, but the rest of us do!

It’s simple and you can change up the flavors of sherbet anyway you like. You can even take the easier road and purchase a ready-made graham cracker crust if you’re out of time. Just don’t forget the candles!


Birthday Sherbet Pie
Serves 6

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 pint lime sherbet, softened
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
1 pint orange sherbet, softened
2 cups whipped cream topping
Optional Garnish: Additional graham cracker crumbs

To make the crust, preheat oven to 350°F. Using a fork, combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray, and press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the plate. Bake 8 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.

For the filling, divide each flavor of ice cream into thirds and layer, starting with lime sherbet. Top with vanilla ice cream, and then the orange sherbet. Freeze until hardened, about 2 hours. When ready to serve, slice and top with whipped cream topping and additional cracker crumbs if desired.

Nutritional Information: Calories per serving: 402, Fat: 16.6 g, Sodium: 312 mg, Carbohydrates: 60.3 g, Protein: 4.3 g

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