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Dark Chocolate Chess Pie

Dark Chocolate Chess Pie

INGREDIENTS:

* 2 9-inch unbaked pie crusts in glass baking dishes
* 1 cup butter
* 6 ounces dark chocolate
* 3 cups sugar
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 6 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 12 ounce can evaporated milk
* Optional: Whipped Cream

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake pie crusts blind by either using pie weights in pie crusts or prick holes in bottom and sides to prevent bubbling. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven to rack. Decrease oven temperature to 375 degrees F.

In large saucepan on low melt butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally.

In medium bowl, combine sugar and flour with wire whisk. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla and evaporated milk. Add a couple of tablespoonfuls of the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and stir. Add both sugar and egg mixtures to pan of melted chocolate. Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium and stir constantly for 10 minutes.

Evenly divide filling between the 2 pie pans. Bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 2 Pies. (One to share and one to eat?)

Serve with whipped cream.

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Absolutely Deep Dark Chocolate Fudge Cookies

 Absolutely Deep Dark Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Ingredients

1/2      cup      cocoa powder      unsweetened
1 1/2      cup      flour, all-purpose
1      teaspoon      baking soda
1      teaspoon      salt
8      ounces      chocolate (semi-sweet)      baking, semisweet, broken
4      ounces      chocolate unsweetened      baking, unsweetened, broken
1 1/2      cup      sugar      light brown, firmly packed
3/4      cups      butter      unsalted
3      large      eggs
1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
18      ounces      chocolate chips      semisweet

1  cup      heavy whipping cream
2    tablespoons      butter      unsalted
3   tablespoons      sugar      granulated
4   ounces      chocolate (semi-sweet)      baking, semisweet, broken

Directions

To prepare Cookies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt onto a sheet of wax paper. Set aside. Heat 1 inch of water in the bottom of a double boiler over medium heat. Place semisweet and unsweetened baking chocolate in top half of the double boiler. Tightly cover the top pan with plastic wrap and heat 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir chocolate until smooth. Keep at room temperature.

Place brown sugar and butter in the bowl of electric mixer and beat on medium speed 1 minute. Scrape down bowl and beat on high speed additional 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl. Add eggs, 1 at a time, while beating on medium, stopping to scrape down bowl after incorporating each addition. Add vanilla and beat on medium 30 seconds. Add melted baking chocolate and beat on low 10 seconds more. Scrape down bowl and beat additional 30 seconds. Add flour mixture and beat on low until thoroughly combined, 20 to 30 seconds. Remove bowl from mixer, add chocolate chips and mix thoroughly with rubber spatula.

Using 2 baking sheets, portion 6 to 8 cookies per baking sheet by dropping 2 level tablespoons batter per cookie onto each sheet. Place pans on top and middle shelves of oven. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom about halfway through baking time. Cool cookies on pans 5 to 6 minutes.

Transfer cookies to wire rack. Repeat procedure until all cookies have been baked. Cool cookies thoroughly before storing in sealed plastic container.

To prepare chocolate Ganache: Heat cream, butter and sugar in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, stir to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to boil. Place chocolate in stainless steel bowl and pour boiling cream over chocolate. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. (Ganache can be made 3 to 4 days ahead and refrigerated. Reheat, stirring. Bring to room temperature before using.)

Put ganache in a serving bowl, so guests can dip their cookies in before eating. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Makes 3 to 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

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CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH RUM-SPIKED FIGS

CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH RUM-SPIKED FIGS
Yield: 12 Servings

1 1/2 c Dried Mission Figs
1/3 c Dark Rum
1/3 c Water
8 oz Semisweet Chocolate
8 oz Unsalted butter
6 Eggs
1 c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 c Sugar
1 c Whipping cream, soft wipped

With a small knife remove the hard bit of stem at the tip of each fig. Place the figs in a small saucepan with the rum and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pan, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until figs are tender, about 20 minutes. Set aside. Grease botton and sides of a round baking pan – 9 inches in diameter and 2 inches high – with shortening or vegetable oil. Line the bottom with a circle of parchment or aluminum foil. Set aside.
Cut the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with the butter in the top of a double boiler. (I use a&127 microwave). Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add cocoa and sugar to the eggs and beat with an electric mixer until blended evenly. Drain the figs, discarding the liquid. Stir figs and chocolate into the egg mixture and mix well. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until the cake rises to the top of the pan and feels set in the center, about 40 minutes. Let it cool in the pan on a wire rack. When cool, turn it out onto a rack. Remove the parchment or foil, invert the cake into a large serving plate. Cover it and refrigerate until ready to serve. Accompany with whipped cream.

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Black and White Muffins

black and white muffinsBlack and White Muffins

Ingredients:

300g/10 oz/1and a half cups of self raising flour

50 g./2oz/quarter cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

100g./5oz/half cup sugar

about a cupful of vegan white chocolate chips – available from veganstore.co.uk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 and a half cups of cold water or soya milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 190C/380F. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix well – you can add more water or soya milk if the mixture seems too thick. Place muffin cases in a muffin tin (makes about 12) and fill with the mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and firm.

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Just in time for Valentines Day!

Truffle Hearts Recipe

Truffle Hearts Recipe
valentine heart shaped truffles

* 1/2 cup powdered sugar
* 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese
* 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
* 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

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Recipe of The Day: Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

10 oz (280 g) semi or bittersweet chocolate (preferably 70 % cocoa)
4/5 cup (200 g) butter
8 eggs
1 ¼ cup (260 g) sugar
1¼ cup (160 g) all-purpose flour

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
2. Grease 10 large muffin tins or cups; paper muffin bake cups can also be used.
3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter over hot water.
4. Beat the eggs with sugar and mix with flour.
5. Slowly fold in the melted butter and chocolate.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for only 8-12 minutes; the outer part should be cooked and the inner part liquid.

The Chocolate Lava Cakes may be served hot on its own or with custard, whipped cream, ice cream and / or berries. The Lava Cakes may be dusted with icing sugar. If your Lava Cakes stick to the tin/cup after baking, you should try lining the tins/cups with aluminum foil and grease the lined tins/cups well before use. You can also use paper muffin bake cups.
Variations

1. You may use pudding/souffle cups instead of muffin cups and serve the Lava Cakes in the cups in order to avoid the difficulty of removing the Lava Cakes from the muffin cups.
2. You may add two tablespoons of orange liqueur and finely grated rind of one orange. This gives a delicious orange-chocolate flavor.
3. You may try adding some ground cinnamon and nutmeg or cloves to the chocolate and butter mixture.
4. You may add some mint flavoring.
5. You may add a little coffee essence to mixture.
6. Place molds in freezer then brush with melted butter to give a thin even coating. Use cocoa powder to “flour” the molds so when you turn out the Lava Cakes there is no white flour marks.
7. Serving suggestion: serve with an orange and star anise ice cream.

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