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Blood Orange and Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet

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

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.

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

 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
Step 1

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

Step 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

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

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

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

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 270Calories from Fat 11
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.4g6%

Saturated Fat 2.7g14%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 23mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 56g19%

Dietary Fiber 0.8g4%
Protein 1.1g3%

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