5/4/09

mexican chocolate sorbet



so....

Here's the thing. We'll call this a love/hate type thing. What I love about food blogs is all the ideas and recipes and whatnot. What I hate is the same thing mostly because when it's asparagus time.... everybody and their mother's cousin's aunt's father-in-law is blogging about, well, asparagus. Same with the holidays.

I know, I know, I know it's not like you can blog about Chinese New Year on Yom Kipper.

Ignore me, I just sent Nancy off to Science Camp then I went bra shopping needless to say my mood is not lifted, smoothed, seamless, or concealed.

Why florescent lights, whyyyyyyyyy? -shaking my fist up to the heavens-




so... let's try this again. I sold out to the man. I'm posting a recipe meant specifically for Cinco De Mayo or otherwise known as... "white people's excuse to get drunk and call in sick to work the next day."

oh, I am indeed grouchy.



mexican chocolate sorbet: (inspired by The Perfect Scoop)

2 1/4 cups water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
6 ounces mexican chocolate, finely chopped (I used Ibarra)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large saucepan, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of the water with the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Let it boil, continuing to whisk, for 45 seconds.

Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until it’s melted, then stir in the vanilla extract and the remaining 3/4 cup water. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend for 15 seconds. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the mixture has become too thick to pour into your machine, whisk it vigorously to thin it out.

Tasting Notes: This is straight in your face chocolate flavor. If you like chocolate, this is your crack. Addictive, pure chocolate. Mainlined into your body via a spoon. Just warning you.

*if you don't want to use Mexican chocolate, feel free to replace the 6 oz. of chocolate with 6oz. bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate.



Also... I promise -scout's honor- no more ice cream recipes for at least one week.

I have been receiving a crazy amount of e-mails asking about what kind of ice maker do I use and do I have any recommendations. I use a Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker. I love it. The only problem is that it has a freezer bowl that takes up to 24 hours to chill. If you don't have room in your freezer to store the freezer bowl permanently it takes some thought and time to make ice cream instead of just making a batch and the freezer bowl is ready to go. Does that make any sense? I know that KitchenAid makes an attachment to use with their mixers. And if I was some billzionaire chef I'd buy this. But I'm not, so I continue to dream
about it. But this one looks like fun.

One last thing... Coming from California and living in a city where there are mercados on every corner and every store, even the snooty ones, carry Mexican products, Mexican chocolate can be found everywhere around here but it's been pointed out to me that might not be the case for other parts of the country. I know you can buy Mexican chocolate on line at Amazon, Cost Plus World Market still carries it (I think). Anyways, find it and give it a try.



17 comments:

Asthmagirl said...

Krysta,
That looks fantastic. I'm all about mainlining beautiful chocolate like that!
And yeah, I don't think the mexican chocolate is that prevelant up here although I could probably find some at one of the markets over by the pub.

Sorry about the bra shopping. Yet another task I cop out on and do online!

MrOrph said...

That's good looking stuff right there Krysta! And you can blog about ice cream all you want.

It may be a bit chocolaty for Beck, but not me!

Jennifer said...

Bra shopping. Right up there with jeans shopping and bathing suit shopping in boosting my self-esteem.
This sorbet is just the ticket with which to drown the shopping blues!

Pam said...

I had this one bookmarked from the book. I love it on your cute polka dotted fabric! I don't know how you could be grouchy with that fabric around!

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

keep up the ice cream recipes it is inspiring me to get my ice cream maker out of the back of the closet.

tamilyn said...

Oh baby, come to Mama. I will be bookmarking this bad boy!

Grace said...

i've certainly never seen chocolate sorbet, much less eaten it. of course it's fantastic, and the only thing that could make it better is a dash of cinnamon. :)

noble pig said...

Now I will be on the hunt for Mex Cholate..it sounds and looks so good!.

Happy Cinco.

The Yummy Mummy said...

OMG! That white people drunk thing?...That's me! Have a tequila in my hand right now. God, you have me pegged.

That's why I love you.

Kim

katie said...

That looks amazing! It is okay to blog Mexican Food on Cinco de Mayo. I feel guilty because I always miss the major holidays because I can't plan in advance.

Mayberry Magpie said...

You may be grumpy, but those are your best food photos ever. Totally awesomely artistically perfect. (Not that I'm inclined to hyperbole.)

Lisa said...

Mexican chocolate is soo good. What a great use for it, too.

Me! said...

Yes! I am bored of everyone and their mother making the same stuff all at once. I try to mix it up. While I like asparagus I don't eat it for every meal every day in spring. So I try to post other stuff too.

Julie said...

Oh man....that looks WAY better than asparagus. I think it's too complicated for me but maybe I could trick someone into making it for me.

Lisa said...

That looks so unbelievably fantastic! I missed Cinco de Mayo, didn't make my fajitas till the 6th, so I think I'm okay with trying this a little late too.

jennyonthespot said...

Can I just say, when I read the post title, and then saw the pic, I felt tears forming... then... when I read: "If you like chocolate, this is your crack."... a tear actually fell. I SO have to try this.

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