Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We all scream for...sorbet?

Hopefully you aren't tired of ice cream posts yet. =)  This one is actually courtesy of Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon.  She's our hostess for Tuesdays with Dorie this week, and she picked Creamy Dark Chocolate Sorbet for us to make.  It could be debated whether this recipe is actually for sorbet, since it contains milk, and sorbet generally doesn't.  In fact, Dorie adapted this recipe from one by Pierre Hermé, which was made with just water, no milk.  The substitution of milk for part of the liquid is what makes this sorbet creamy.  The sorbet is pretty easy to make--you combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil, and boil it for 5 minutes.  Then you thoroughly chill the mixture and churn it in an ice cream maker.  The result is a bit more "soft-serve" than usually, so it really benefits from several hours in the freezer (I left mine overnight) so it can firm up.  The only changes I made were to add a bit of salt, and to increase the recipe by a third.  I used a mix of chocolates, ending up with an average cacao percentage of about 62%, I think.

The verdict?  It's hard to believe that such a simple recipe can make something so delicious!  Chocolate ice cream is wonderful, but almost too rich sometimes.  This sorbet is extremely chocolatey, but refreshing at the same time.  I'm sure we'll be making it again very soon, since it's rapidly disappearing.  

Here's my ingredient list, since I scaled the recipe up by a third (easier to do after converting to metric) to make about a quart:

300 grams lowfat (1%) milk
300 grams water
200 grams granulated sugar
265 grams bittersweet chocolate
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the original recipe, head over to Steph's blog.  And to see what everyone else thought of the sorbet, check out this week's Links.  


  1. This was really good stuff, if technically sorbet or not. Love your pretty bowls + spoons, it all looks summery and delicious.

  2. I was blown away by how delicious something so simple could be too! I think I'll be making this one again soon! Super cute sorbet bowls!

  3. It looks so creamy and smooth and nothing at all like the sorbets you usually see. How interesting that t is made with low-fat milk. I have to make this! Your dishes and spoons are so pretty.

  4. You have the best ice cream dishes, spoons, linens ever...just such fun to see them when you do ice cream posts.

  5. Yay for your new sorbet dish - it's so cute! I need to find an excuse to break mine out before long.

  6. This was SOOO good. Sorbet is on my menu for good now. Ditto Kayte. So many cute cups, etc.

  7. pretty smart to make a quart--this was good, even if a little soft. thanks so much for making it with me this week!

  8. great idea to add a little salt! looks fabulous :)