Chocolate-Earl Grey Sorbet
From EatingWell: Fall 2003
Earl Grey tea is flavored with the peel of bergamot, a small citrus fruit grown in Italy. Bergamot flesh is very acidic, but the peel is prized for its fragrant oil. The tea adds a hint of citrus and tannins to make this cool chocolate sorbet even more refreshing.
- 4 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 Earl Grey tea bags, (see Tip)
- 1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, (see Ingredient note)
- 1 ounce good-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- Bring water and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add tea bags and remove from the heat. Cover the pan and steep for 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and discard. Place the pan over medium-high heat and slowly add cocoa, whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Add chocolate and stir until completely melted and smooth. Pass through a strainer into a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.
- Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. (Alternatively, freeze in a shallow metal pan until solid, about 6 hours. Break into chunks and process in a food processor until smooth.) The sorbet should be thick and icy after processing. If you prefer it firmer, place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 days. If it becomes too firm, let soften in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving. | Equipment: Ice cream maker or food processor
- Tip: If you are not fond of Earl Grey tea, use 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest instead.
- Ingredient note: Dutch-process cocoa is treated with alkali to neutralize its natural acidity. This process produces cocoa that is darker and has a mellower chocolate flavor than regular cocoa. Some brands to look for: Droste, Schokinag, Bensdorp, Pernigotti (www.kingarthurflour.com; www.penzeys.com; www.worldpantry.com).
Per serving: 147 calories; 3 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 0 g fiber; 3 mg sodium; 361 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrates, 1/2 fat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- Fall 2003