su-Blood Orange and Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet Image

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

Yields Makes 1 qt. (serving size: 3/4 cup) Prep and Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins Freeze Time 4 hrs Total Time 5 hrs 15 mins
AuthorElaine Johnson

The marvelous merger of orange and chocolate gets even better when you pair blood oranges' raspberry nuances with dark chocolate and a little Campari for complexity. The herbal, slightly bitter liqueur also helps keep the sorbet from getting icy.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Zest 2 oranges and set zest aside. Cut all oranges in half crosswise and juice enough to make 3 cups.

Step 2
2

Heat 3/4 cup orange juice, the sugar, and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in zest, remaining juice, and the Campari. Nest pan in a bowl of ice water, stirring occasionally, until mixture is cold, about 20 minutes.

Step 3
3

Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a shallow metal bowl set over a saucepan with about 1 in. barely simmering water. Set a sheet of parchment paper flat on a baking sheet. Spread chocolate on top in a 7-in. square. Freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes; keep in freezer.

Step 4
4

Freeze juice mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a metal bowl, cover, and freeze 1 hour. Break up chocolate into pieces about 1/2 by 1 in. Stir sorbet to blend, then fold in chocolate with a flexible spatula until evenly distributed. Freeze until sorbet is firm enough to scoop, at least 3 more hours. Stir well one more time before serving.

Step 5
5

Make ahead: Up to 1 week; before serving, let stand at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes to soften.

Ingredients

 5 to 6 lbs. blood oranges (any variety)
 1/2 cup sugar
 1/4 cup light corn syrup
 1/4 cup Campari
 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60 percent cacao), chopped

Directions

Step 1
1

Zest 2 oranges and set zest aside. Cut all oranges in half crosswise and juice enough to make 3 cups.

Step 2
2

Heat 3/4 cup orange juice, the sugar, and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in zest, remaining juice, and the Campari. Nest pan in a bowl of ice water, stirring occasionally, until mixture is cold, about 20 minutes.

Step 3
3

Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a shallow metal bowl set over a saucepan with about 1 in. barely simmering water. Set a sheet of parchment paper flat on a baking sheet. Spread chocolate on top in a 7-in. square. Freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes; keep in freezer.

Step 4
4

Freeze juice mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a metal bowl, cover, and freeze 1 hour. Break up chocolate into pieces about 1/2 by 1 in. Stir sorbet to blend, then fold in chocolate with a flexible spatula until evenly distributed. Freeze until sorbet is firm enough to scoop, at least 3 more hours. Stir well one more time before serving.

Step 5
5

Make ahead: Up to 1 week; before serving, let stand at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes to soften.

Blood Orange and Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet