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Dark Chocolate Sorbet With Tarragon and Grapefruit

Dark Chocolate Sorbet With Tarragon and Grapefruit 1.000
Aug 26, 2009

Truffles made by her friend Michael Recchuti, a chocolatier, first inspired cookbook author Nancy Baggett to pair chocolate with tarragon and grapefruit. She announced she was going to borrow his idea. This sorbet is unusual in that it contains a dairy product, in this case heavy cream.

For best texture, do not omit the rum. Baggett recommends using an imported unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder such as Pernigotti, Callebaut, Valrhona or Droste. An American cocoa powder, Ghirardelli, is a little easier to find and may be used; the sorbet color will be lighter and the flavor slightly different but still pleasing.


Servings: 1 scant quart
Ingredients
  • Zest and juice of 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 to 10 6- to 8-inch sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark rum
  • 3/4 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Directions

Combine the grapefruit zest and juice with enough water to yield 2 3/4 cups. Place in a medium nonreactive saucepan; add the sugar, tarragon and rum, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring. Adjust the heat so that the mixture boils gently for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cocoa until smoothly incorporated; mash out any cocoa lumps with the back of the spoon. Stir in the cream.

Let the mixture cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or, for a more pronounced grapefruit and tarragon flavor, up to 24 hours.

Strain the chilled mixture through a fine sieve, pressing down on the tarragon to extract as much flavor as possible. Process in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer's directions.

Transfer the sorbet to a storage container and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to a week.

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From cookbook author Nancy Baggett.

Tested by Sarah Meyer Walsh.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 1/2-cup serving: 201


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 27mg 9%

Sodium: 10mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 32g 11%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 25g

Protein: 2g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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