Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Now, with less swears and more chocolate

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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.

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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.

20 comments:

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.

matt wright 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

AnticiPlate said...

O M G. Thats all.

cook eat FRET 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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Ewa W said...

waw,,looks so yummy!


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