Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TWD: Creamy Dark Chocolate Sorbet

There are just a handful of ice cream/frozen dessert recipes in Baking and it’s always a nice surprise when one appears on the recipe schedule. This week we made Creamy Dark Chocolate Sorbet. I don’t make sorbet nearly as often as I make regular ice cream because Josh doesn’t typically eat it and it takes me a while to make it through a whole container myself. I figured that since this particular sorbet recipe included nearly half a pound of chocolate, rather than fruit, Josh would happily help me eat it. I was right; as I type this, he is consuming a healthy portion of it.

I was thinking a pound cake would be a nice accompaniment for the dark chocolate sorbet. When I mentioned this, Josh pointed out that I had not made a Bundt cake in a while (totally in a “I like Bundt cakes and we haven’t had one in a while” way, not in a “if you insist on cluttering our cupboards with way too many pans, you should use them once in a while” way); I ended up making a splendid whipped cream cake from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes to pair with the sorbet, and it is an excellent combination. We somehow got backlogged on homemade ice creams - really, a rarity - and we found that the sorbet is also wonderful eaten with buttermilk ice cream.

This is one of those recipes that definitely exceeded my expectations. I did not use exceptionally good chocolate (70% from Trader Joe’s) and was a bit concerned that might be a mistake, as the recipe has so few ingredients; however there were no problems - the sorbet was still delectably rich and uber-chocolaty. I did add a splash of vanilla to the mixture, but made no other changes to the recipe. This recipe rated a 9 for Deliciousness and a 2 for Effort, for an EDR of 4.5. You can find the recipe here on Steph of a Whisk and a Spoon’s site and visit the TWD site to see how the rest of the group fare.


Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

I have never had chocolate sorbet, but this looks like it's right up my alley. I loved your comment about Josh's hint to make a bundt cake. LOL. Glad he's going to help you eat all this yummy looking sorbet (and cake)!

Thanks for the tips on the NYT times chocolate chip cookie. I definitely need to try it next.

Anonymous said...

This exceeded my expectations too! It looks fantastic with the cake alongside.

Unknown said...

I've been meaning to try that whipped cream cake so I'm glad to hear it was good! You guys always have the best dessert pairings, I leave your blog hungry every time I visit :)

Cakelaw said...

It looks great Margot - especially with the pound cake. A terrific idea!

TeaLady said...

This was such good sorbet. Deep intense flavor. Surprisingly intense.

And the cake. On the list.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

so glad everyone liked it! thanks for making it with me. that bundt cake sounds darn good, too.