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A Must-Try Chocolate Sorbet and Some Awards

July 26, 2010

I am interrupting my regularly-scheduled blog posts because I want to share this with you.  Because I’m thinking you might want to see something refreshing and sweet instead of a practical dish that we’re all wont to prepare on Monday nights.  Because I am feeling extremely thankful for my imperfect life and a chicken dish, albeit delicious, just wouldn’t convey this mood as adequately as chocolate would.  Because a few of you have given me even more reasons to smile (more on this later), I made this for you.  Yes, I get to eat it and not you, but I’ll share the recipe below so you, too, can see why I’ve chosen this treat for tonight.

Blogging about new recipes these last few months has taught me one thing I hadn’t realized before:  My taste buds are fickle.  I’ve always been able to quickly name my favorite foods, without hesitation, without question.  Lately, however, I feel like I’ve been using the word “favorite” too loosely because I’ve been attaching it to so many new dishes.  Take sorbets, for example.  A couple of weeks ago this cantaloupe sorbet was my favorite, but after making this bittersweet chocolate version, it’s my new favorite.  Does this happen to you?

I blame this on Dorie Greenspan and Pierre Hermé.  Remember the Nutella Tart I posted recently?  I enjoyed it so much that I’ve flagged almost all of the recipes in this book.  A mere three ingredients are required:  Bittersweet chocolate, sugar and water.  The mingling of these three created such a rich and silky chocolate treat that I was hooked immediately.  The depth of flavor was surprising for a sorbet.  It was like eating a frozen chocolate bar (Valrhona in this case) with the added bonus of being refreshing, cool and smooth.  No other flavors interfered with the natural goodness of the chocolate.  I’d say it was perfect.  It’s special.  It’s my new favorite sorbet.

Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet

From Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé

  • 7 ounces (200 grams) bittersweet chocolate (Book recommends Valrhona Guanaja), finely chopped
  • 1 (scant) cup (200 grams) sugar
  • 2 cups (500 grams) water

1.  Prepare an ice-water bath in a large bowl that will hold your smaller bowl containing the sorbet mixture.  You will need this to quickly chill the mixture before you churn it.

2.  Combine all the ingredients in saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture boils.  This can take up to 10 minutes or more.  When it boils, stir constantly  and allow to boil for two minutes.  Pour the mixture in a smaller bowl and set in the ice-water bath.  Allow the mixture to chill, stirring occasionally.

3.  Freeze the sorbet in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  You can serve immediately or pack it into an airtight container and freeze.  This will make a pint (1/2 liter).


Now for three great reasons that brought a smile to this humble blogger’s face:

Last month, Amanda of The Cilantropist generously included me in her list of Beautiful Bloggers.  She described my blog as being like her own for our similar thoughts about food and I was very flattered.  Even without the beautiful images or the delicious recipes she gives her readers, her sunny personality shining through her every post is enough to win anyone over.  Have a look at her blog and see for yourself.

Next, Stephanie of Per l’Amore del Cibo passed on the Sunshine Award to me last week.  What an honor for a new blogger, especially since I’m receiving this award for the second time!   I’ve enjoyed Stephanie sharing her adventures in the kitchen and I admire her for having the courage (that I haven’t mustered myself) to make French macarons as part of the Daring Baker’s Challenge.  She’s just reached an important milestone, her 1 year blog anniversary, and I give her my warm congratulations.

Finally, Judy of Bebe Love Okazu gave me the Versatile Blogger Award.  Judy’s posts are such a joy to read that I feel like I’ve known her for a long time.  Her tone is always friendly and warm and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning about Japanese cuisine through her posts (not to mention her entertaining updates on the Lakers/Celtics battle during the NBA finals accompanied by delicious posts celebrating the wins of her favorite team).

As part of this process, I’m supposed to give you some random tidbits about myself.  Even though I feel like I already share bits and pieces of my life through my posts, I’m finding it difficult to decide what else you might find interesting about me.  But since some of you don’t seem to mind my ramblings, here’s a little more:

  1. I’ve always wanted to learn to fly an airplane but I’m intimidated about taking my first solo flight.  I’ve gone as far as picking up the book so I can study for the written portion of the exam.  My husband who is a licensed private pilot is very encouraging about my ability to become one myself.  I’ve been his “co-pilot” for 10 years and we’ve had some great adventures flying parts of the West.
  2. Going back to flying, one of the most unforgettable experiences we had was during one of these adventures.  While flying over the desert in a little Cessna, two fighter jets flying directly in front of us tipped their wings to acknowledge our presence before zooming away.  Hands down one of the coolest things ever!
  3. Just for kicks, one of my friends and I signed up for a motorcycle class last year.  We were the only girls in the class.  While she was able to ride a real motorcycle, I actually learned on a scooter because I couldn’t manage the weight of the former.  I did earn a California Motorcycle license but I haven’t ridden a motorized two-wheeler since.
  4. I love clothes and like many women, I think my closet isn’t big enough.  I have a similar obsession with shoes and handbags.
  5. I’ve always secretly wished I could sing.
  6. One of the most important things in my life is my Christian faith, although I don’t use that as a license to be judgmental of others who don’t share my beliefs.

Now, I share with you the blogs that I feel truly deserve these awards.  Because they either make me smile or have me drooling over my keyboard each time I visit their page or warm my heart because they’re just so nice to visit–most likely it’s all of the above:

  1. Sippity Sup
  2. Patty’s Food
  3. Teenie Cakes
  4. Found Baking
  5. Authentic Suburban Gourmet
  6. Jun-Blog
  7. Lauren’s Little Kitchen
  8. The Baking Barrister
  9. Lawyer Loves Lunch
  10. More Than a Mount Full

I could go on with my list but I’ll stop here for now.  Check them out and you’ll see why I enjoy reading their blogs so much.

53 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2010 11:09 PM

    What a great list of blogs…and what a delicious sounding sorbet. And I secretly wish I could sing too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. July 26, 2010 11:14 PM

    Congratulations on the well-deserved awards! And what a beautiful sorbet – to think that something so simple can be so sweet and perfect! I will definitely add this to my must-try list (getting rather lengthy, I’m afraid, but thankfully, chocolate creeps its way to the top!).

    • July 27, 2010 7:57 AM

      Liren, I know what you mean. My list is so long, too. I sometimes think of all the wonderful dishes I’m missing out on because I haven’t the time to try them all. 🙂

  3. July 26, 2010 11:28 PM

    First off, I want to congratulate you for the 3 fabulous awards your have received. Your blog is INCREDIBLY beautiful and real. You deserve it 100%. You are being you and that’s why we come back often.

    Secondly, this world is too awesome to only have one favorite thing or even one favorite sorbet. I hope we are allowed to have more than one favorite item in life.

    Last but not least, you are too sweet and kind to include me in your list. I want to run where you are right now and give you a hug. I had a rough day today and this ultimately turned my day around. I am very honored and humbled. You are a dear person and I look forward to more fabulous posts to read on your blog.


    • July 27, 2010 7:56 AM

      Kathy, thanks for that. I’m glad your day ended on a good note (no matter how late). Hug accepted! 🙂

  4. Liz permalink
    July 27, 2010 12:52 AM

    Mmm, I’m on a sorbet kick as well and this just got added to my “to make” list..

  5. July 27, 2010 5:40 AM

    This is so awesome, thank you! Is it weird that blog awards give me a warm, fuzzy feeling? If so, oh well 🙂 Thank you for the warm, fuzzy feeling. Some of these blogs are new to me so I’ve bookmarked them to check out! Oh, and I so wish I could sing. So does the hubster since he has to listen to what I now call singing 🙂

  6. July 27, 2010 6:14 AM

    Congratulations on all your awards! It is always nice to know your loved in the blog world! And that Chocolate Sorbet looks amazing!

  7. July 27, 2010 6:40 AM

    Your photo is spectacular! The chocolate sorbet looks so incredibly delicious. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself. My husband has been a private pilot for a long time and is his passion. I have been a co-pilot for the last 13 years. I had wanted to take lessons for sometime and you have done much more than me. I think that I am going to take the “pinch hitter” course for safety reasons to begin with. Great post!!

  8. July 27, 2010 6:54 AM

    I can relate to the “it’s my favorite” phrase, except I tend to say “it’s simple” way too lightly. I was called on it by my friend who proclaimed not everything can be “simple” in the kitchen. Little does she know! Anyway, this looks like a great sorbet, and definitely worthy of being a favorite!

  9. July 27, 2010 7:07 AM

    I am so honored, and flattered, and thrilled, and hooray! Hooray! I’m blushing, can’t believe that somebody as talented with you, in the kitchen and with the lens, would give my little blog a shout out! By the way, Lauren’s Little Kitchen is doing nothing but cutting up apples, spreading peanut butter on wheat, and transferring plain yogurt from a big container to a smaller, reusable one. Which, in so many words, means I have a job.

    But don’t worry, I’m gonna make it work! In the meantime, you will have to blog twice as often to fill my void. Thanks!

    – Lauren, Lauren’s Little Kitchen

  10. July 27, 2010 7:22 AM

    Congratulations, Jean on your blog awards!! It always feels great whenever your peers notice how much hard work you put in your lovely posts, like this chocolate sorbet, which looks so tasty!.

    It’s very cool also that we get to learn more about each other through our blogs. Thanks for sharing more about yourself. Dennis also is (or rather was since he has to renew it) a licensed pilot. One of my dreams is for us to fly a private plane somewhere in Europe. Or maybe somewhere here in California, even! Some day! I’m excited to hear that you and your husband fly together and that you’re his co-pilot. That’s very cool!!

    And by the way, thank you for the blog mention! Have a great rest of the week!


    • July 27, 2010 7:44 AM

      Jun, flying around California is one of the best things we’ve done together. Almost every weekend we used to pack up the plane with some clothes and our bikes and pick a town on the chart to spend a couple of days. We got to know a lot of little towns this way. It would be great if Europe had the infrastructure to accommodate small plane aviation–I agree that it would be a dream to do that. Good luck with you as I get off my butt and try to study for the written test. 🙂

  11. July 27, 2010 7:59 AM

    Hi Jean, First off I am incredibly honored that you mentioned me as one the sites that warm your heart and also makes you drool, at least some of the time! The feeling is 100% mutual, wow that was fun, using the % key, just had to do it again! I love chocolate sorbet and I will try your recipe this summer. I have a funny chocolate sorbet story but I’ll share it with you later, if I remember;-) I look forward to your stories, recipes and photographs. Keep all this beautiful stuff coming our way, thanks, Patty

  12. July 27, 2010 8:01 AM

    Whoops, forgot to say congratulations on your awards!

  13. July 27, 2010 8:15 AM

    What a wonderful post! We discovered a very similar recipe years ago when my daughter was allergic to dairy and this quickly became one of our favorites.

    I passed my ground school and have 4 flight hours myself! My husband was one of those fighter pilots and now flies commercially. He was a wonderful teacher but that whole 4th dimension just doesn’t make sense to me, so I have now given over the flying to him. Keep working at it! I’m looking forward to the day you post about your solo!

    • July 27, 2010 8:19 AM

      Kim, I bow down to you for accomplishing what I want to do, congrats! It’s so nice to know all of you aviation enthusiasts. 🙂

  14. July 27, 2010 8:23 AM

    Mmmm, chocolate sorbet, great list of blogs!

  15. July 27, 2010 10:13 AM

    Congratulations on your well-deserved awards. The recipe is to die for. This ice cream sounds rich and decadent – just like me :-). Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  16. July 27, 2010 11:16 AM

    Hi Jean, Congrats ! All your awards are so well deserved! Thank you for the kind words. 🙂 I have tons of “favorites” and some of them do change when it is replaced by a new favorite. I think you’ll do great on your solo flight and I’m sure you’d pass the pilot exam easily. 🙂 I once had “learn to fly” on my bucket list but I crossed it off as my fear of heights is too great! We definitely share a love for clothes and I feel your pain about the closet. I assume we share a love of shopping (for clothes). Heh. Beautiful sorbet – what a fabulous way to celebrate!

    • July 28, 2010 5:23 PM

      Judy, flying for the first time at 13,000 ft in a little Cessna looking at the jacket peaks below was a tad disconcerting but somehow the mountains have gotten less and less daunting year after year. 🙂

      Yes, shopping for clothes, and shoes and bags. Oy!

  17. July 27, 2010 3:17 PM

    It was very sweet of you to think of me for this award! Or should I say “bittersweet”? GREG

  18. July 27, 2010 5:24 PM

    Wow, just 3 ingredients for such a decadent treat? Sign me up for this! And I’m totally with you on needing a bigger closet, that would be a dream for here in the Bay Area 🙂

    • July 28, 2010 5:24 PM

      That’s true, isn’t it, Heather? I do admit that I have a few small closets but one big walk-in one (like I had when I was single) would be perfect. 🙂

  19. July 27, 2010 8:57 PM

    Just a beauty!!! So well written. Congrats.

  20. July 27, 2010 9:12 PM

    What a gorgeous sorbet! actually I prefer chocolate sorbet than regular chocolate ice cream, I think the chocolate flavor tastes more “pure”. Yours looks particularly delicious and creamy. As for motorcycles, I have always wanted to get my license, but I am not a great driver, so I have been advised that I should stick to the 4 wheels! Congrats on your awards! you did pick a great list of blog for distribution!

    • July 28, 2010 5:27 PM

      I think you’re right about the chocolate flavor more pure in sorbets–I can see that now. I was very surprised at how creamy this turned out and of course, very happy!

      That’s funny about the motorcycles–I’m sure my husband would say the same about my driving skills. 🙂

  21. July 27, 2010 9:36 PM

    First: um yum. I love me some chocolate sorbert.
    Second: thank you and congratulations! now I feel all warm and sparkly inside 😉

  22. July 28, 2010 4:28 AM

    your posts are always so well done–the photos AMAZING! Congrats on the awards–and the delightful chocolate 🙂

  23. July 28, 2010 7:29 AM

    That sorbet looks so tasty! It sounds so easy to make too, I will have to try this out. The photos are beautiful 🙂

  24. July 28, 2010 1:34 PM

    Lovely sorbet, and yes everything is my favorite too, hehe.

    Loved reading the little tidbits about yourself!

  25. July 28, 2010 3:59 PM

    Congratulations on all your well-deserved awards and I enjoyed reading some tidbits about you! Thank you so much for honoring me and the TeenieCakes blog! =)

    This bittersweet chocolate sorbet looks deliciously decadent and refreshing. Your photography is edible. You’ve given me a kick in the pants to start using my ice cream maker!

    Thank you again, much appreciated! ~Cristina

    • July 28, 2010 5:30 PM

      Cristina, I only spoke the truth. 🙂 I have to say that I’ve really been enjoying my ice cream maker. I don’t know why I waited so long to start using it. 🙂

  26. July 28, 2010 4:50 PM

    A wonderful looking sorbet! How do you think it’d do with a little lavender in there?

    • July 28, 2010 5:31 PM

      Thanks, Brian. Come to think of it, lavender might just do nicely with the chocolate. I’ve been wanting to use some of the lavender I have growing in the yard but haven’t been adventurous enough. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  27. July 28, 2010 6:19 PM

    Lovely award! I love the sounds, and simplicity of this sorbet!

  28. July 28, 2010 10:12 PM

    We read and drool over many of the same blogs 🙂 How exciting that you’ve been honored by other foodie bloggers – it truly is a wonderful community that I’m happy to be discovering myself. Bebe Loves Okazu also gave me an award and I need to share my tidbits! Bittersweet chocolate will always be a favorite of mine – even tho I’ve seen so many unique ice cream and sorbet flavors recently.

  29. July 29, 2010 10:23 PM

    Congratulations on your blog awards! They are definitely well deserved 🙂 I also have a weakness for shoes and handbags and wish my closet were bigger!

  30. August 1, 2010 9:18 AM

    What beautiful photography! I wanted to lick my computer screen 🙂

  31. August 1, 2010 11:07 AM

    Congratulations on your awards:) And to your recipients as well (I follow them all). This sorbet sounds fantastic:)

  32. August 3, 2010 3:18 PM

    Frozen Vahlrona sounds heavenly!

  33. August 5, 2010 7:24 AM

    You’ll have to forgive me for commenting 295710523 days after you posted this, but I’m soooo behind on all my blog stuff! Thanks for the mention, and I think it’s very fitting that this is the second time you’re getting this award. Your blog is great, I’m so glad I found it and I’m lucky enough to get to drool over your recipes. 🙂


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