Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet with Fresh Cherry Compote


Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet with Fresh Cherry Compote
Tart-sweet cherry and strong dark chocolate flavors meld beautifully in this surprisingly rich sorbet crowned with juicy fresh cherries. Use a high-quality jam for the sorbet, and be sure to start the process a day ahead for the best flavor and texture.

Ingredients

Sorbet

  • 3/4 cup red cherry jam (such as Bonne Maman)
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water

Compote

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pound fresh Bing or tart cherries, pitted and halved

Preparation

  1. To prepare sorbet, combine first 4 ingredients in a heavy saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add 2 cups water, stirring with a whisk. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring well with a whisk. Cool to room temperature; cover and chill overnight.
  2. Stir sorbet mixture with a whisk. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon sorbet into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm.
  3. To prepare compote, combine 1/4 cup sugar and cherries; toss well. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Serve compote with sorbet.
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