Of all the desserts that are in a constant orbit around my thoughts, ice cream would be right out there with Pluto. No, maybe not that far...My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza's...Neptune, ice cream would be Neptune. It's not that I dislike ice cream, it just has some tough competition in the form of cupcakes, bars, and cookies. Plus, ice cream is such a tease. As soon as you've built up a true craving for more spoonfuls or licks, it's gone, and all that's left is a vicious circle of guilt and misplaced frustration over wishing you could have more, and knowing that you shouldn't.
Sorbet is a whole other story. It's light and non-annoyingly perky. A nice tart, lemon sorbet lives happily on Venus, along with Key lime pie and s'mores. I think this chocolate sorbet may be the newest tenant. For something that doesn't contain any eggs or cream (unless you want to use it), this sorbet is unbelievably rich. It's chocolate satin with a tinge of velvet for texture. Plus, it's surprisingly easy to make. And by easy, yes, I mean easy...not one of those recipes which claim to be simple yet leave you feeling like an idiot at the mid-way point with a seizing sauce and an off-the-map colour.
For the recipe, please click here to visit Steph, of the lovely blog, a Whisk & a Spoon. Thank you, Steph! This was the perfect pick to help beat the heat. :-)
Note: If you don't have an ice cream maker, no worries, neither do I. And aside from a small amount of freezer burn, it turned out beautifully.
Just follow the recipe up to the point where you pour it into a machine. Instead, pour the cooled liquid into a wide bowl or container.
Place it, uncovered, in the freezer for about 2 hours. After 2 hours, give it a stir every 30 minutes or so.
Mine refused to get past the soft stage, so I lowered the temperature in the freezer and left the container uncovered overnight. Aside from a little bit of freezer burn, it worked.
Once the sorbet reaches your desired consistency, be sure to cover it with a tight-fitting lid...although I doubt it'll last long enough to need one.