Because We’re Friends {Chocolate Sorbet}

I’d like to think that we’re friends.  You know, the kind of friends that tell each other about stuff.  Like, you might call me and tell me about a promotion at work or about the terrible day that you had yesterday.  And I might email you or text you when I hear some juicy gossip or when there’s a sale at Victoria’s Secret.

Okay.  Maybe we’re not those kinds of friends.  But we might be after I tell you about this super simple, impossibly rich and creamy chocolate sorbet recipe.  You might just decide that I’m your best friend.  You might drop all of your other friends just to spend time with me.  It’s that good.

Just to be clear – it’s not my recipe.  I’m just passing along a link I saw on Facebook the other day.  And maybe you saw it too – in all likelihood you did.  But the question is – did you try it?  Because if you didn’t?  You’re totally missing out.

Food52′s Kristen Miglore does a weekly feature on recipes she considers to be “genius.”  This past Wednesday, it was David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Sorbet from his 2007 cookbook The Perfect Scoop.  When I saw the ridiculously short ingredient list, I was skeptical.

Cocoa, water, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and salt.

That’s all.  Really.  And it comes together in all of 5 minutes.  The longest and hardest part of the recipe is waiting for the chocolate mixture to cool enough to put it in the ice cream freezer.  It’s really dumb how easy it is.

I’m not going to reproduce the recipe here, since I followed it to the letter.  I will tell you that Food52 says this is a vegan recipe, but I used Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate and it contains milk solids – so if you’re looking for a truly vegan version, this ain’t it.  I urge you to try this – especially if you’re a chocolate lover.  It’s creamy, smooth and deeply chocolatey.  This is chocolate ice-cream’s grown-up alter ego.  It forgoes the extra trappings of eggs and cream, leaving you with the true essence of chocolate.

And, because we’re friends (and we really are now, aren’t we?), I’ll leave you with this little tip.  Pour some of this banana liquer over top that chocolate sorbet, and your life will never be the same.  Bananas not your thing?  Try some Grand Marnier or Franjelico.  Whatever you do?  Make this sorbet.  You’ll thank me (your BFF).

David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Sorbet on Food52

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10 Comments on “Because We’re Friends {Chocolate Sorbet}”

  1. 16 June 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Wait! WE ARE THOSE FRIENDS!!!!!! This looks yummy! I have to try it sans-alekehall, but it looks soooooo good!

    • 16 June 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      Of course we are! And I thought of you the whole time I was making this – no eggs, no milk – it’s right up your alley!

  2. 16 June 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I have recently discovered your blog and subscribe to it now loving your photos and written content. I must say I love this post for many reasons. a) So glad we’re friends. b)I too love David Lebovitz’s Perfect Scoop and when starting my food/drink blog took on this idea of making every recipe in the book. I made a fair dent and realized if I wanted to keep any modicum of a figure I must stop. c) I too made the recipes, described them and linked to his book on Amazon. Like you whenever I make a recipe verbatim that I love, I take photos, write about it and provide a link respecting the original author’s work. Your approach of doing the same, demonstrating integrity in your work, makes me like you even more!

    • 16 June 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Hi Toni – I’m so glad we’re friends! I’ve been an admirer of your blog for a while, and I’m flattered and thrilled to hear from you. You might be interested to know that I bought that banana liiquer to use in the banana pudding recipe I adapted from your site, and then I completely forgot to include it. I’m glad I finally found another good use for it:-).

  3. 17 June 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Great post. I like your style!

  4. 18 June 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    That just looks perfect.

  5. 18 June 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Wow, that’s a gorgeous sorbet–just how I like my chocolate! And the first part of this post made me laugh.

  6. 20 June 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Beautiful!!

  7. 28 June 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Bought an antique hand-crank ice cream churn the other day at a second-hand store….once we get it de-rusted and cleaned up, this is going to have to go with it. Thanks, friend. :)

  8. 28 June 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Oooh, I hope it turns out. I used a modern electric one, but I have very fond memories of turning the hand crank on my grandaddy’s churn – he made peach ice cream every summer, using peaches from his own tree. It was the best ice cream in the world. So glad we’re friends!

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