Monday, August 9, 2010

Chocolate Sorbetto

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I hope you like dark chocolate. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no reason to eat chocolate unless it’s dark. (Oh, alright, I will eat a Hershey’s Bar occasionally, but only if there’s nothing else available.) Nowadays, Hershey’s sells even its iconic kisses in a dark chocolate version. It also sells dark chocolate cocoa, which is what I used for this recipe.

This chocolate sorbetto is seriously dark. Like sludge-colored dark. Like smack-you-in-the mouth with flavor dark. Like, you can only eat a small scoop of this before you need a glass of water dark. The espresso, coffee liqueur and cinnamon add even more complexity to the dark chocolate cocoa I used for this recipe.

My friend Maria, who’s a member of my Italian chit-chat group, served this at a dinner party recently and I knew I had to have this recipe. She sent it to me (thank you Maria) and now you have it too. Make this while the weather is still warm. It’s the perfect finish to a meal on a hot summer night.

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Maria’s Chocolate Sorbetto

printable recipe here

2 Cups sugar

4 Cups of water

1 Cup cocoa powder (Maria uses Pernigotti – I used Hershey’s dark cocoa)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 brewed espresso (make very strong) or dissolve 2 teaspoons of espresso powder in 1/2 C water

1 Tablespoon coffee liqueur ( Maria uses Café Rica, I used Sheridan’s, but Kahlua would be great too.)

Mix sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in large saucepan.  Stir in 4 cups of water and espresso.

Cook over low heat until ingredients are dissolved.

Remove from heat, stir in liqueur.

Refrigerate until very cold. ( In a pinch chill over a bowl of ice).

Freeze in 2 batches in ice cream freezer. the sorbet will be soft. Place in plastic containers, and freeze for an hour or overnight, until firm enough to scoop.

When firm enough to scoop Maria puts the sorbet in individual serving ramekins and smooths the top.

I served it in a small scoop with a waffle cookie.

Wonderful garnished with a mint leaf, a bit of whipped cream.

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30 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is something I absolutely have to try! A wonderful sorbet!

Cheers,

Rosa

Recipe for Delicious said...

I was raised a staunch milk chocolate-ist, but I would not pass up a bowl of this. It looks so decadent!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

When I first looked at the picture, I thought..what is that...and then I read the dark chocolate and my inner voice yelled out ....WOW! This is something that we will have to try. Love sorbet and dark chocolate.

Susi said...

This sounds divine! Anything with dark chocolate is great in my book!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've always prefered dark chocolate over milk chocolate. This looks so refreshing!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Dark chocolate and coffee, yumm! So I don't need an icecream maker to make this? I don't have one!

The Food Hunter said...

That was my question too...no ice cream maker needed?

Joanne said...

I'm SOO with you on the dark chocolate front. I haven't seen the dark chocolate cocoa! I need to look for it so I can make this.

The Cilantropist said...

Oooo this does look DARK, but I love it! Followed it here from foodgawker bc it was so beautiful. :) I wonder, do you think you could make it without an ice cream maker? Usually when I make without an ice cream maker it has a lot of cream and milk...

Sue said...

Wow, does that look luscious! I've been using an old Craig Claiborne Chocolate Sorbet recipe for ages, which I love, but I think the addition of cinnamon and a coffee liqueur is ingenious.

Elizabeth said...

Wow that is dark! I too am a staunch believer in only dark chocolate unless I can't find any and need chocolate NOW! This looks like a great way to enjoy it anytime I want!

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Mimi said...

This reminds me of the dark chocolate sherbet I used to order at Baskin Robbins as a kid. My family thought I was nuts, but I love the deep chocolate flavor.
Mimi

Mary said...

This looks beautiful. I love that almost black color you were able to achieve. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

doggybloggy said...

I was just talking to someone about a deliciously rich and dark chocolate sorbet and lo and behold here is a recipe - thanks!

Cathy said...

This will really hit the spot when I get the craving for dark chocolate. A small spoonful of whipped cream is the perfect garnish.

delicieux said...

This looks so dark and decadent!! I love dark chocolate and so does my boyfriend so we will have to make this.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

For those of you who asked. I did use an ice cream maker to churn this sorbetto. If you don't have one, you could try putting in a bowl in the freezer and continuing raking it with a fork, but you'll likely get a texture more like a "granita" than a sorbet.

Sheryll And Critters. said...

Wow! I have never had a chance to taste dark chocolate sorbet. I too do not have an ice cream maker. Wonder if anyone I might know does? Hummmm. I will have to put this on my list of wants, because I have never heard of the coffee liquers and Kahlua is so expensive lately. I will have to look if I remember to stop at the liquor store and see if I can find a less expensive coffee one. Anyone know of one that is less?

Funny thing, I learned to love dark chocolate from my mom and I never knew anyone else that liked it till recent years.

bellini valli said...

This kills two birds with one stone by curing us of our craving for chocolate while offering a refreshing summertime treat!!

Chef Dennis said...

OMG...that looks so sinfully rich and chocolaty!!! wow.....I would love to have a bowl of that! just make it a big bowl!!

lisaiscooking said...

I was just thinking about making chocolate sorbet recently, and this version sounds perfect. Love the espresso and cinnamon in it, and the color is amazing!

Juliana said...

Wow, this dark dark chocolate sorbeto looks so yummie...would love to dig my spoon in it :-)

Indie.Tea said...

Chocolate sorbetto...it looks SO delicious. Another reason I need to find space in my teensy kitchen for an ice cream maker.

Amanda said...

Oh lordy! Be still my heart :) i adore dark chocolate, this looks amazing!

elra said...

Such a wonderful sorbet, it is very hard to say no to this.

Phyllis said...

Omigosh, that is some serious dark chocolate sorbetto. Gorgeous photos!

kuriouskitteh said...

Oooh, that looks like it tastes beautiful!

Ally said...

That's some serious chocolate. Your other restaurant reviews look fab too. Great photography. Have you ever posted them on Fiddme? I haven't found them there.

Paula said...

incredibly awesome!