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Coffee Sorbet?

virtualfrolic Jul 10, 2006 02:38 PM

Does anyone have a recipe for Coffee Sorbet? I'm looking online and am not seeing any coffee sorbet recipes and don't know if it's something that hasn't been tried, or perhaps maybe it just doesn't work.


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    mhoffman Jul 10, 2006 06:38 PM

    I'm not sure about coffee sorbet (though there is no particular reason it shouldn't work—just make a strong, strong pot, sweeten, chill and churn—but coffee granita is the classic chilled coffee confection. Just make strong coffee or espresso and sweeten it while its hot. You can add coffee liquer, if you like, and/or finely grated lemon zest. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish or metal roasting pan. Put it into the freezer and, every half hour or so, use a fork to scrape up the frozen bits on the bottom of the pan. Once it's all frozen, "fluff" it up and put it into the freezer for a little longer to set. Enjoy!

    (In the interest of full disclosure, the technique described above was partly influenced by an episode of Good Eats.)

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      virtualfrolic Jul 10, 2006 07:40 PM

      Thanks Mhoffman. I do realize granita is the typical way to go. I guess part of me was curious in why there isn't much coffee sorbet. There's always lemon granita and lemon sorbet and this weekend I had an excellent espresso gelato, so I guess I was curious to see if a coffee sorbet worked. I guess it's time to experiment!

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        mhoffman Jul 10, 2006 07:42 PM

        Please report your findings!

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          mhoffman Jul 10, 2006 07:44 PM

          Oh, and your blueberry sorbet looks delectable!!

          I'm not sure why you don't see much coffee sorbet. A gastro-anthropological mystery.

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            virtualfrolic Jul 11, 2006 04:51 PM

            Thanks! The blueberry sorbet was FANTASTIC..it's a must-try recipe. Especially since they're in peak season, it was great!

            I made some coffee sorbet last night. 1 cup simple syrup, 2 cups strong espresso and some cardamom and lemon juice. Consistency wise, it came out great! I think it was a bit too sweet though. I guess I'll have to keep trying!

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              Louise Jul 12, 2006 03:39 PM

              A couple days ago my local library got back its copy of "The Curious Cook" by Harold McGee. It has a bunch of formulas for granita, sorbet, and fruit ices, with discussions of texture. Not strictly a recipe book at all, but a very useful starting point for breaking in a new ice cream maker.

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                mhoffman Jul 12, 2006 03:42 PM

                Interesting. I'll have to dust that sucker off.

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