Prep 20 mins
Cook 12 hrs
By the sum of its ingredients, you'd think that this would merely be frozen chocolate water... but the high quality chocolate yields an intensely flavoured, frozen mouthful of pure bliss. Best eaten in one or two scoop quantities only.
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 ounces high quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (70%)
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- In a saucepan over medium heat, bring 2 cups water, the sugar and cocoa powder to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat, simmer one minute until sugar is dissolved and cocoa evenly blended.
- Stir in chocolate until melted.
- Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, and cool to room temperature.
- Stir in orange juice and zest.
- Cover and refrigerate until completely cold (I usually go overnight- the texture is transcendent when it is completely cooled like this).
- Stir chocolate mixture, and transfer to your ice cream maker, freezing according to manufacturerer's instructions.
This is light, refreshing dessert. It has an adult chocolate flavor - slightly bittersweet but sweet at the same time. I didn't use an ice cream maker, as I do not have one. I just freeze it in a large plastic container with lid, stirring every 30mins, for 4 hours. Maybe the texture suffers a little, but we still enjoyed the ice immensely. I also made some substitutions - used lime zest and 2 TB fresh lime juice and remaining 2 TB OJ from a carton. And I stirred in some chopped toasted almonds together with the juice/zest. Next time, I might add some pure vanilla extract or brandy/Cointreau/other liqueur. Thanks for the fantastic, yet simple recipe.