About 6 Servings
The cherry sorbet recipe is truly a snap: No ice cream machine is required, although you will need a food processor.
As for the oddly named almond candy that goes with it, I was dining out at Cindy Pawcyln's Mustards Grill in the Napa Valley when I was first served this terrific confection: whole almonds encased in crispy, buttery caramel, with just a touch of salt. I loved it even more when I found out the name.
The Cherry Sorbet
(makes about 3 cups)
4 cups pitted cherries (about 1-1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
A few drops of 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
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 it out. Sprinkle evenly with a hefty pinch of coarse salt. Cool completely, then break into bite-sized pieces and serve with the cherry sorbet.
Note: Store ding for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
Ripe for Dessert
100 Outstanding Desserts with Fruit—Inside, Outside, Alongside
by David Lebovitz
Price: $34.95; $53.95 (CAN) hardcover
Recipe reprinted by permission.
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