Chocolate Sherbet
About 3 cups (3/4L)
You can use either Dutch-process or natural cocoa powder, using a brand that you like. (I like Valrhona Dutch-process cocoa but any brand will do.) Since much of the flavor depends on the quality of the cocoa powder, use a top-quality brand that you like. A little shot of coffee-flavored liqueur augments the taste and gives the sherbet a more scoop-able texture. Feel free to use another liqueur, or omit it. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, check out my post: How to Make Ice Cream Without a Machine.
2 cups (500ml) milk (whole, low, or non-fat)
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder
4 ounces (115g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: 2 tablespoons coffee-flavoured liqueur, such as Kahluà
1. In a medium-sized saucepan, warm half of the milk with the sugar, salt, and cocoa powder.
2. Bring to a full boil while whisking, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 seconds.
3. Remove from heat and add the chocolate, the vanilla, and the coffee-flavored liqueur, if using. Stir in the other half of the milk.
4. Taste, and if the chocolate is a bit grainy, puree it in a blender to smooth it out.
5. Chill thoroughly, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Note: As mentioned, above, this would likely work with non-dairy milk, but be sure to use one that can be boiled.