Monday, June 1, 2009

Honey Cantaloupe Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Pepper Ganache


I was so excited last week when I opened my email from Nick at Foodie Fights and was chosen for Battle #4 Cantaloupe/Red Pepper Flake battle. At first I was stumped at the choice of ingredients and took me a couple days to figure out what to make that was not only creative, eye pleasing, and good tasting with these two ingredients. I finally figured out that I would make dessert. Honey Cantaloupe Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Pepper Ganache. Try saying that 3 times fast! This is my first time doing something like this and being judged. I hope it is ok since I am up against some pretty darn good chefs. So check out the posts at Foodie Fights on June 2nd to see how I stack up. Ok here is the recipe... and some great photos!

Honey Cantaloupe Sorbet
(an adaptation of an Orange Sorbet, I found in one of my recipe boxes from my grandmother's things)

1 cantaloupe, cubed (I used a rather big one that you get at Costco)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp honey

Combine water and sugar in a sauce pan to form simple syrup. Boil and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

In a blender, puree the cantaloupe, lemon juice, and honey. Add cooled simple syrup. Pour into a freezer container and freeze.





Dark Chocolate Pepper Ganache

1/4 cup heavy cream
1 dark chocolate bar (I bought a 72% cacao bar from World Market)
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Heat the cream until very hot, add chocolate. Let sit for a couple minutes, beat. Add pepper flakes. Let sit until room temperature.



Then all you have to do it put them together. Scoop some sorbet into a dish, spoon on some ganache, sprinkle with pepper flakes, garnish with a mint sprig. That is all. It was easier than it looks. You could serve this at a dinner party, BBQ, or whereever you think this dish would fit in. It was fun to participate in the Foodie Fights and I hope they pick mine because I think it would be fun to judge a contest like this.

Enjoy a couple of pictures of the finished product!


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26 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

Looks like I arrived home just in time to VOTE. You did an outstanding job Brenda. Absolutely amazing!!! You got my vote. Good Luck!!!

~~louise~~ said...

P.S. I just tried to click the foodie fight links and it appears none of them are working. You might want to recheck them. I'll be back later:)

Tangled Noodle said...

How incredibly original! It looks fantastic and definitely something I'd love to try.

Jessie said...

I love the creativity of this sweet treat, yummy

OysterCulture said...

looks absolutely delicious, I love all of the flavors.

Danger Kitten said...

Thank you! I think a sorbet duo with ganache and chocolate cookies could work pretty well...
Yum.

Danger Kitten said...

And isn't it funny that we made such similar items? Even down to what looks like mint? Good luck to you too!

Angie's Recipes said...

This is totally delicious!

Brewfus said...

Hi Brenda,

I am the lucky husband of Danger Kitten, and I wish I could gobble up a bowl of your melon sorbet with ganache, too. I had so much fun tasting and offering feedback on her Foodie Fight - it's funny that you guys came up with the same idea. You should both win (in my unbiased opinion).

Good luck!

Brewfus

applecrumbles said...

Terrific job!

Tiffiny Felix said...

It's officially time I tried making sorbet :) Looks delish!

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Green Bean said...

Not too shabby!! I'd definitely dig in. Great job.

Ricardo said...

Nice dessert well balanced with the fruit and chocolate excellent display too. If you want to visit me too I am Here at Rico|Recipes :) xx

Kennedy said...

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Lo said...

What a great flavor combo. So, did it taste as great as it looks?

nicole said...

Brenda,
Very impressive...Gorgeous color...Would love it even without the chocolate sauce, but would definitly eat it WITH the chocolate sauce! Nicole

nicole said...

Rico,
You are so creative...this looks positively spendid...
Love your ideas/recipes...
Love your new pictures...
Can you possibly be even more handsome than we realized?
Yes, the new pics prove it!
Tell your wife she is a lucky girl, though I highly suspect that she already knows that!

Caitlin said...

Very interesting combination of ingredients...the end results looks great and I am sure tastes better!

vincent said...

Hello,


We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on "Add your site"

Best regards,

Vincent
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Blackswan said...

This is so interesting!

FoodTravelDiva said...

Ooh that looks like a dessert creation from a 5***** restaurant. Good job!

vincent said...

Hello,


We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on "Add your site"

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Nishant said...

. I just tried to click the foodie fight links and it appears none of them are working. You might want to recheck them. I'll be back later:)
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Connie said...

Flavor profiles and presentation are both excellent .... Big thumbs up on this one.

David Marcos said...


Thanks for this beautiful recipe i love it,and I love the idea of using lettuce in this!Bet it's completely delicious.
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