Extra-Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet

Total Time:
1 hr 39 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
4 min
Cook:
1 hr 15 min

Yield:
about 1 quart
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 cups water, plus 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 8 1/2 ounces extra-bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Serving Suggestions: Candied Kumquats, recipe follows
  • Candied Kumquats:
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups washed and sliced kumquats
Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups water and the sugar and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low and gradually add the cocoa powder, whisking until smooth. Cook the mixture at a gentle simmer for 30 minutes, until syrupy.

Put the chocolate in a large bowl and add half the cocoa syrup, whisking until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the remaining syrup and 2 cups water and whisk well. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and let cool.

Chill the sorbet mixture, covered, until very cold, at least 4 hours, and up to 2 days. Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. Serve with Candied Kumquats.

Candied Kumquats:

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the kumquats, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 6 minutes, or until the kumquats appear translucent. Drain well before serving. The kumquats will keep, refrigerated, for several weeks.

Yield: about 2 cups


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