Today is the day for hearts and love and lots of Hallmark happiness, which, luckily for my husband, I have never gotten swept up in. I’m a practical girl. AKA cheap. Tight with my money. Thrifty. No need to spend hundreds on roses that will be dead within 48 hours, or mediocre chocolate. I’ll tell you what I do love on Valentine’s Day or any other day though. A new toy for my kitchen 🙂 , and that’s just what I got this year!
I’ve wanted an ice cream maker forever. I’ve had this vision that I would create healthier ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, you name it, and post them on my blog all year long. Mind you I can’t possibly eat all of these frozen treats. I just want to experiment and let you try them. It’s kind of how I love to cook for other people, but when I’m alone I’m fine with a bowl of cereal.
So I finally got my ice cream maker! And to celebrate its arrival, I made the most amazing Valentine’s Day treat for you. I was going for something sexy and decadent, since it is Valentine’s Day after all, but also heart healthy, since February is American Heart Month, and this recipe is just perfect.
Lots of heart healthy antioxidants here, with loads of berries, and just a touch of red wine and dark chocolate.
Who needs roses?
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup organic light corn syrup
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup Merlot
- 1 pound frozen mixed berries
- 2 oz good dark chocolate (chopped fine)
- Place sugar, corn syrup, water and wine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add berries, and stir to break up. Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes until berries are soft and mostly broken down.
- Remove from heat, and let cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill. Berry mixture can also be made the night before and chilled overnight.
- Transfer the berry mixture to the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes until thickened and mostly frozen. Add chopped chocolate and mix for another minute to distribute well.
- Freeze sorbet in a freezer safe container, for at least 2 hours or until solid.
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Wait. Never mind. I don’t want to know 😉