Chocolate Espresso Sorbet with Cardamom-Spiced Blood-Orange and Tangerine Reduction

April 18, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Makes about 4 cups
Author Notes

One of the first Food52 Editor's Pick candidate recipes I got to test-drive was howtocookabear's delightful Bloodhound, which called for a blood-orange reduction with cardamom, mixed with gin and topped with seltzer. How good is the syrup? You don't even need the gin, which is how a version of it came to be included in this recipe! —wssmom

What You'll Need
  • Blood-Orange and Tangerine Syrup
  • 1 cup blood-orange juice, strained
  • 1 cup tangerine juice, strained
  • 4 tablespoons vegan sugar
  • 10 green cardamom pods, cracked open
  • Chocolate Espresso Sorbet
  • 2 cups brewed espresso
  • 1/4 cup vegan sugar
  • 1/3 cup blood-orange and tangerine syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups natural cocoa powder (I used Sharffen Bergen sweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  1. Blood-Orange and Tangerine Syrup
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the juices, the sugar and the cardamom pods to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Strain, cool, and set aside. Use extra to make howtocookabear's Bloodhound (here's the link)
  1. Chocolate Espresso Sorbet
  2. Bring espresso and sugar to a boil and add blood-orange and tangerine syrup. Whisk in the cocoa powder and when incorporated, add the melted butter. Chill until very very very cold, about 3 hours.
  3. Process in an ice-cream maker according to the instructions that come with it. Transfer to a container, cover, and freeze about eight hours.

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3 Reviews

Barbara P. August 17, 2018
The flavors are great. However: The butter separates and solidifies when the coffee mixture is chilled, and remains so during churning. This didn't work for me. How did the recipe developer counter act this? For a second attempt I subbed out an equal measure of nut milk and added 2T of corn starch to get a creamier mouth feel.
wssmom April 21, 2011
Thanks Sagegreen - I am working with a new camera and having a lot of fun with it!
Sagegreen April 20, 2011
This sounds delicious. Your photo is beautiful.