posted by marlaoh 06-13-103 12:35 PM
Cherry Sorbet for Dum-Dums with Almond Ding
cherry sorbet: (About 3 cups)
4 cups pitted cherries (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
A few drops almond extract
Optional: 1 tablespoon kirsch
The almond ding:
1 cup whole blanched almonds
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling
To make the cherry sorbet: Heat the cherries with the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a nonreactive saucepan. Simmer for about 3 minutes, until the cherries soften and begin to release their juices.
Remove from the heat and add a few drops of almond extract and the kirsch, if using. Pour the cherries and the syrup into a small bowl and freeze until solid, which will take at least 2 hours.
Once the cherry mixture has frozen solid, remove it from the bowl and put it into a food processor. Process until completely smooth. Serve immediately in tall glasses, or return the sorbet to the freezer until ready to serve. It will have a nice texture for at least a few hours. If it has become too firm, remove it from the freezer a few minutes before serving.
While the sorbet is setting up, use the time to make the almond ding. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Put the almonds, sugar, butter, and salt in a medium-size saucepan or skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently (stirring too much encourages crystallization), until the liquid begins to darken slightly.
Keep cooking, and when the liquid is a rich amber color (like dark coffee with a touch of cream), pour the mixture out onto the greased baking sheet. Do not spread out. Sprinkle evenly with a hefty pinch of coarse salt. Cool completely, then break into bite-sized pieces and serve with the cherry sorbet.
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