Chocolate Grand Marnier Sorbet is a dessert which you may enjoy without breaking your new year’s resolutions!
This sorbet doesn’t contain any eggs, milk or cream (yes, it’s vegan!) so the intense richness of the chocolate is allowed to shine. It has fewer calories than regular ice cream yet is so rich and full flavoured that just one small scoop is enough. Served with fresh fruit on the side this almost qualifies as diet food!
It is imperative that you use only the best quality chocolate and cocoa for this recipe but once you try this you won’t ever want to go back to regular chocolate ice cream or gelato ever again. I used David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Sorbet recipe but replaced the sugar with dark brown sugar and added two tablespoons of Grand Marnier. I served it with orange segments sozzled with more Grand Marnier.
I am going to make an effort to eat better and exercise more this year. I don’t want to go so far as calling it a new year’s resolution because then it will be doomed to fail! What about you? Have you made any new year’s resolutions or goals?
Chocolate Grand Marnier Sorbet
adapted from David Lebovitz’s book The Perfect Scoop
555ml (2 1/4) cups water
200g (1 cup) dark brown sugar
75g (3/4 cup) cocoa
pinch of salt
170g (6 oz) 70% cocoa chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tblsp Grand Marnier
Place 375ml (1 1/2 cups) of the water, sugar, cocoa and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk occasionally as it comes to the boil. As it boils whisk continuously for 45 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until melted. Then add the vanilla, Grand Marnier, and remaining 180ml (3/4 cup) water; stir. Blend the mix (I used an immersion blender) for 15 seconds. Chill thoroughly before churning in your ice cream maker. I found it was necessary to freeze it to firm up before serving.
Serve with orange segments sozzled in more Grand Marnier.