16 October 2011

Chocolate & Raspberry Sorbet for Chocolate Week


Oh My God!

I have died and gone to heaven!

When I received a review copy of Couture Chocolate by William Curley I was overwhelmed and I have to admit a bit intimidated. The guy's chocolate work is art. A first glance through the book was accompanied with oohs and aahs and the thought, I could never do any of this. Luckily I had another look through and realised there was a lot I could accomplish and a lot of great tips for presenting chocolate dishes or just chocolate garnishes.

My first I-have-to-make dish was this chocolate and raspberry sorbet and we are back to me dying and going to heaven.

I knew it was going to be great. It is chocolate and raspberry. I love chocolate and I love raspberries and the smell, oh the smell as I was making the sorbet. Oh Wow! And then I had a taste and it was so, so good, I just laughed. Are you ever so amazed my something that you just laugh? It was that moment. I could easily have cried, this is that good!

It is so good I am already planning to serve it at our big family Christmas.

I just wish I had a better photo for you, but it was a night time shot and I haven't set up my lightbox yet.

I suppose you would like the recipe anyway.

Well, ok then.





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Chocolate & Raspberry Sorbet
I don't know what to tell you, except this is better than the most heavenly chocolate ice cream you can ever imagine and it's so much lower fat than ice cream.
Ingredients
  • 50ml/1¾fl oz/3 tbsp water
  • 50g/1 ¾oz caster sugar
  • 500g/1 lb 2 oz raspberries
  • 10ml/¾ tbsp lemon juice
  • 250ml/9fl oz/1 cup water
  • 130g/4½oz/generous ½ cup caster sugar
  • 75g/2½oz/¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 150g/5½oz dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Instructions
1. The first four ingredients are for the raspberry puree. Put the water and sugar in a pan, bring to the boil and leave to cool. Put the raspberries in a food processor and add the sugar syrup and lemon juice. Blitz to a smooth puree and then pass through a sieve. 2. Put the second lot of water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the cocoa powder and continue to cook over a low heat for 2-3 minutes.3 Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl containing the chopped chocolate. Mix until the chocolate has melted and it is completely smooth. Cool rapidly over an ice bain-marie (water bath) and then mix in the raspberry puree.4. Churn the mixture in an ice cream machine following the manufacturer's instructions. 5. If you don't have an ice cream machine, churn by hand. Mix in a bowl and freeze for about 90 minutes until it starts to freeze around the edges. Stir well, then repeat the process twice more until the mix is smooth and frozen.
Details
Total time: Yield: Serves 8 (if you can bear to share it)





Here is a video of William in action. It's great seeing an expert at work. I am in awe.

Happy Chocolate Week!

I am entering this sorbet into this month's Bookmarked Recipes.

If you would like to use one of those forgotten and unloved recipes you have stored away, then why not post it and send it in for this month's Bookmarked Recipes. There is a linky at the end of this post. You have until the 29 October 2011. You can find the rules here.

Disclosure Statement: I received this book free from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

27 comments:

  1. I agree, this does sound amazing Jacqueline. Raspberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven!!

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  2. It is Torview, I cannot express how fabulous!

    They are Val, that is exactly why I just had to make it, but it is so much better than you can imagine :)

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  3. This looks and sounds amazing!!

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  4. Oh my Jackie! What a beautiful picture and though I am more of a savory girl, I could not resist this. Wonderful.

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  5. Great job and the book looks amazing, Chocolate=chocolove!!
    Take care...

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  6. This sounds just the ticket! Raspberry and chocolate is a great combination, one that really seems to work. We would love to make this right now but unfortunately finding raspberries here in India is quite impossible!

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  7. OOh, gorgeous color and texture!
    Except that I am SO COLD right now, that sorbet isn't working - next you need to make a pudding that we can serve hot.

    YUM, though. It's beautiful.

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  8. Look at that colour!!! So pretty. I can imagine it would be a delight to eat too ;0)

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  9. ooh yes please! The colour is like a fabulous burgundy velvet. Can't quite imagine what chocolate's like in a sorbet - do you still get the richness?

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  10. I love chocolate and raspberry together - this looks refreshing and delicious.

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  11. Chocolate and raspberries are a classic combination and this looks fabulous Jac.....the colour is amazing too, like a rich chocolate wine!
    Karen

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  12. This looks amazing! I love raspberries and chocolate together.

    It would be a great dinner party dessert and quite healthy too.

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  13. one of my favourite flavour combinations - am sure this is just what I need this summer if I can get my bookmarks sorted!

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  14. It is Pam :)

    That is exactly the colour Karen and would go really well with a rich red wine to boot.

    It is pretty healthy as far as desserts go Emma, but it doesn't taste it. It tastes rich, creamy and totally sinful!

    It is gorgeous Johanna :)

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  15. That looks soooo good, sounds like a great book.

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  16. It is a work of art Janice, but lots of good tips too.

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  17. WOW Jackie this sobret look abasolutely georgeous!! gloria

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  18. Looks and sounds completely fabulous! If it wasn't so cold, I'd be heading out to the supermarket now to get the ingredients. I shall certainly be bookmarking this for a special occasion.

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  19. It is a great one to bookmark Antonia :)

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  20. Love the chocolate, and raspberry combination in a sorbet!
    Another winner! Your blog is such a great inspiration and source...will keep coming back as often as I can, steeling your great recipes...LOL
    xoxo

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  21. I haven't used my ice-cream maker since summer but it'll be worth getting it out again for this. I also love chocolate and raspberry combinations.

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  22. Wow, I love all kids of berries and raspberries are just delightful! Unfortunately since they're not grown in Malaysia, the ones you do find in the supermarket are REALLY expensive. Like RM 20.00 (which is around £4, I think) for a pack of 300-400g.

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  23. Oh wow, I'm bookmarking this recipe for sure. Chocolate and raspberries is a fabulous combination, but even though you might go to heaven, please don't die on us yet ;-)

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  24. This looks unbelievably nice, I'll be making this for sure!

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