Bittersweet chocolate offsets the sweetness of the cherries in this simple dessert. Chocolate cherry sorbet only requires 5 ingredients so it’s ready in no time. Don’t have an ice-cream machine? Freeze this mixture in your favorite popsicle molds for a portable treat.
My friends Karen and Fred host a movie night at their house every Monday. It’s always been a small gathering of just 4 people but we have a lot of fun. One of us makes a salad, one makes a main course and the last makes dessert. My friends are such excellent cooks that the pressure is always on.
As you might guess, I’m not as good at making salads or main dishes as I am at dessert. This last week we watched Hamilton and it was my turn for dessert.
Karen loves cherries and Costco had them on sale so I picked up 2 pounds. The question was what to do with them.
I thought about a cherry cheesecake or a cherry pastry but it’s been hot. Over 100 degrees hot. So cherry sorbet was the thing.
I found a cherry sorbet recipe that used 2 pounds of fresh cherries and was simple. But, when I tasted the cherry juice mixture it was way too sweet.
You need a certain amount of sugar to keep the sorbet soft, so I increased the lemon juice and I added shaved bittersweet chocolate to offset the sweetness of the cherries.
This chocolate cherry sorbet scoops easily and it tastes amazing. Karen and Fred even asked for the left overs. Fortunately, the recipe makes 1 1/2 quarts. I have a large ice-cream maker and it completely filled the tub. If you have a smaller ice-cream maker, you might want to cut the recipe in half or freeze in two batches.
- 2 pounds (0.9 kg) fresh cherries, pitted
- 1 cup water
- 2/3 cup sugar (135 g)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
- 3.5 ounces (100 g) shaved or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (1 bar)
- Wash, pit and remove stems from cherries.
- Place cherries, sugar and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries are soft (about 10-15 minutes).
- Puree the cherries thoroughly and put through a fine sieve.
- Add lemon juice and chill thoroughly.
- Freeze according to your ice-cream maker's instructions. When the mixture is fairly solid, add the shaved chocolate.