Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

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Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

One exception to this are certain kitchen products. I don't mean the clutter that you may amass of useless gadgets but rather items that allow you to reproduce store-bought or restaurant quality items at home. The ice cream maker is a case in point. I was given a Cuisinart ice cream maker to road test by theĀ  people at Kitchenware Direct. I was a bit hesitant when I was told that it was one of those bowls that you froze, I didn't have a lot of success with another one that we got for our wedding a couple of years ago. Indeed I was so scarred that I also have a gift with purchaseĀ  Kitchenaid ice cream bowl that remains untouched, not even removed from the box and it currently sits in the cupboard way up high where I can't reach it.

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

But of course when the weather quickly turns to Summer, I was convinced. I flicked through their recipe booklet and my eyes zeroed in on the Dark Chocolate Sorbet. It's an item I've had in many a high end restaurant which of course is precisely why I liked this gadget in the first place. The recipe is incredibly easy to do, the only thing you would need to watch is that your freezer is at least -18c and that you freeze the bowl for at least 12 hours at this temperature which is pretty much the only vital part of it.

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

I bought some Valrhona cocoa powder in Tokyo during my last holiday and it was itching to be used. I also used some deliciously dark Cocolo Organic Fairtrade chocolate (once I wrenched it out of my husband's hands) and a bit of whisking and a bit of refrigeration and I was ready.

I could have partnered these with tuiles but given my last stressful experience with them, I paired it with sour cherries, those gorgeous cherries that remind me of strudel.

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 40g good quality cocoa
  • 85 grams best quality chocolate (finely chopped or blitzed in a food processor)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Step 1 - In a small or medium saucepan, whisk water and sugar on medium heat until sugar dissolves.

Step 2 - Whisk in cocoa until smooth and simmer for 3 minutes.

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

Smooth chocolate mix

Step 3 - Remove from heat and whisk in finely chopped chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon.

Step 4 - Cool and refrigerate for 8 hours.

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

Pouring refrigerated mix into Cuisinart ice cream maker

Step 5 - Place in ice cream maker and churn for 20 minutes. It won't get to the desired sorbet consistency, it will stop as a soft serve consistency so once churned place in a container in the freezer to firm up for several more hours or overnight.

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker supplied by Kitchenware Direct.

Dark Chocolate Sorbet with Sour Cherries and a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Road Test