karohemd: (Chef)
Ozzy ([personal profile] karohemd) wrote2013-02-06 12:24 am

[Cooking] Spiced Blood Orange Sorbet/Slushie

Kavey Eats has a monthly ice cream challenge called "Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream" in which I have taken part twice so far. This month's challenge is any theme from the last year so I thought I'd try my hand at a sorbet.

My Riverford box contained blood oranges which were ideal. I zested the oranges then instead of juicing them I peeled them and blitzed them with my stick blender. In a saucepan I combined the juice, zest, half an inch of grated ginger, half a vanilla pod, two short cinnamon sticks, one star anise, five or so bruised cardamom pods and quite a bit of demerara sugar (don't ask me how much, I did this by eye but enough to make the mix taste really sweet), heated the mix until the sugar was dissolved, pulled the pan off the heat, put a lid on and let it cool off and infuse with the spices. After the mix was cool, I strained it into a tupperware container to remove the spices and put it in the freezer.

I don't have an ice cream machine so I took the container from the freezer every hour or so and stirred it through with a fork to break up any ice chunks that were forming. In my low rated freezer compartment it took almost 24 hours until it resembled sorbet or, to be honest, more like a slushie as it melts quite quickly. It tastes nice, though, fruity, tangy and spicy so I'm really happy with it.

Spiced Blood Orange Sorbet
Served in a tumbler with (shop bought) brownie pieces

[identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com 2013-02-06 08:48 am (UTC)(link)
The sorbet sounds lovely, but the brownie pieces baffle me. Why so many people like fruit with chocolate I've never been able to understand. For me, the flavours clash horribly. :-/

[identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com 2013-02-06 10:16 am (UTC)(link)
I see where you're coming from because I don't like chocolate with certain kinds of fruit, either, especially standard orange. However, red/dark fruit usually works (e.g. chocolate covered strawberries). Also, this sorbet is so tangy, it needs some balance so some sort of cake is perfect. You could easily use bits of sponge or, even better, crumble.

[identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com 2013-02-06 10:16 am (UTC)(link)
Mmm... crumble! :-)

[identity profile] omentide.livejournal.com 2013-02-06 08:00 pm (UTC)(link)
That looks delicious....

We got a kilo of blood oranges on market this morning. But if I suggest doing anything with them other than eating them for breakfast, Ashley says we should just eat them for breakfast.

[identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com 2013-02-07 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
I am rather happy with it but it really needs something to soak up the tartness (see above comment).