Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Now, with less swears and more chocolate


In January, I came to the realization that somehow, this blog had not featured chocolate in over nine months. Admittedly, I am more of a fruit person, but I love good chocolate and did not intentionally give it the silent treatment. My bad.

I've been sitting on this post for a while, for reasons of sheer vanity. I couldn't get a decent shot of the sorbet before it started to melt on me. I meant to re-shoot it, but it disappeared before I had the chance- as is standard practice around here when it comes to things that taste good.

But, I'm also trying to turn over a new leaf with The Pie Lady. Some of the goals I've set include using the term 'fuck' less frequently, post weekly, and to stop ignoring chocolate. So I will bravely set my ego aside and assure you that while it looks a little melty, this sorbet is fucking amazing (I've already said it once. fuck it.)

I have met my monthly chocolate quota.
PS to those interested- this stuff is rich and indulgent, but not that bad for you.
And trust me on this one- You will think you are eating chocolate ice cream.


Dark Chocolate Sorbet

I like to serve mine with big sprigs of mint, because chocolate-mint is one of those flavor combos that makes my toes curl.

3 T corn syrup
2 1/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar

7 oz bittersweet chocolate (good quality), finely chopped
2 1/2 oz coco powder (dutch process)
1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla
2 T brandy

Combine the chopped chocolate, salt, and coco in a large bowl.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a pot and bring to a full boil.

Slowly pour 1/3 of the hot sugar syrup into the bowl of chocolate and whisk thoroughly. Continue adding the syrup and whisking in 2 more additions. The mixture may seize up when you first add the syrup, but it will come together.
Stir in the vanilla and brandy. Strain the base through a fine sieve and chill until completely cold. The base will thicken slightly.
Once base is completely cold, churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.


Alicia Foodycat said...

No! I love it when you swear and I am not too moved by chocolate!

On the other hand, I have been known to make an amazing chocolate chilli sorbet.

Dana Treat said...

Wow, that looks incredible! I keep meaning to use my ice cream maker but am lazy that way. I think I'll have to pull it out of the cabinet to try this. Chocolate is my FAVORITE so I'll look forward to your once a month posts! :)

Brooke said...

That looks fucking terrible. It's all melty and hideous. You've got some nerve.

Brittany said...

Um, these are some pretty lofty goals...especially the fuck one, but I wish you well on that!

I do enjoy chocolate every once in a while, but I am SOOO a fruity person, so I ADORE your fruit focus:)

The Spiteful Chef said...

I adore you, but you without the "f" word is a little bit like a cat without its purr. Sad news. Sexy sorbet, though.

Elyse said...

Ha, great goals! Man, this chocolate sorbet looks fabulous. Just fabulous. And, hey, your pics turned out beautifully!! I can't wait to try this chocolatey goodness for myself!

Brittany said...

Foodycat- sounds nommy

Dana- I don't know if I can commit to a chocolate post once a month- but I really will try to keep it in regular rotation. I've been so bad about that.

Brooke- Yer face looks fucking terrible. It's all melty and hideous.

Brittany- Not only do we both spell our name correctly, but we both prefer fruit. You are my bosom friend (and I KNOW you get that reference because I KNOW you can dig on some Anne of Green Gables. I just know it.)

Kristie- I promise to say fuck regularly in the comment section of your blog, and let's be honest, I know I'll let an f-bomb drop every now and then.

Elyse- Give it a whirl. It's easy peasy.

Anonymous said...

awesome stuff! I love chocolate, and honestly never noticed you hadn't done anything with it in ages.

I don't fancy your chances on the goal of saying fuck less often.. Good luck with that one :P

brandin + kari said...

O M G. Thats all.

michael, claudia and sierra said...

it's not if you say fuck
it's how you use it that counts

i like my chocolate dark and slightly melty. this sounds and yes, even looks wonderful.

and : brittany and brook if you two don't knock it off i'm gonna have to turn this goddamn car around. ARE WE CLEAR?

Brittany said...

Matt- thanks for the vote of confidence

Kari- Heeee!

Caludia- She started it.

Brooke said...

Melty chocolate is still chocolate. I joke because I love.

Heather said...

Chocolate is great and all, but I don't think your blog has suffered for any lack of its use. Besides, I always resent that women are supposed to be total slaves to chocolate, the whole "better than sex" bullshit stereotype. Cathy is a stupid comic.

I love you for who you are, and your grapefruit-Campari sorbet was the best thing I tasted the night we visited.

Jessica said...

I need to get an ice cream machine. I think I said that the last time I commented here, quite a while ago. This looks better than chocolate ice cream!

Ulla said...

Nice:) Looks great!

Brittany said...

Brooke- aaw. goo.

Heather- Sex is way better than chocolate. Anyone woman who thinks otherwise probably just hasn't found the man in the boat.

Jessica- the fact that I don't hate myself quite as much after eating a giant bowl of this makes it better than chocolate ice cream.

Ulla- : )

florence said...

gosh. that looks seriously good!
I've never tried chocolate sorbet before. The lemon one i tried once was, well, sour:/

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