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  1. I just got a bottle of BLiS maple syrup. This is really awesome organic maple syrup that's been aged in used Bourbon barrels, so in addition to the maple flavor, it's got subtle bourbon and wood notes that really push it over the top. Knowing that I make chocolates, everyone around me is asking when I'm going to put it into a chocolate. I'm trying to think of what a good vehicle for the flavors would be. I'm familiar with ganache centers and caramels, but it seems like the flavor would get overwhelmed by a chocolate ganache and cooked out by the high temperatures needed to make caramel. I know that fondant and creme centers exist, and it seems like one of these might be right, but I know nothing about making them. My husband has suggested putting a few drops of the maple syrup into a shell before filling it with something else, and that sounds like a great idea, although I wonder about crystallization or shelf life in doing that. Thoughts?
  2. sugarlove

    Chocolate Carrot Cake

    Has anyone tried this? Anyone have a good recipe that can be used in wedding cakes?
  3. ariggsby

    Chocolate Spiral

    I was at Alinea in Chicago last week and very much liked the dessert that centered on a spiral of choolate. I'd like to try to make it myself, and conveniently there's a recipe in the Feb./March Pastry Art and Design. Unfortunately, there's a key ingredient missing. Before I waste a lot of good chocolate experimenting, I thought I'd check here and see if anyone happened to know the ratio of chocolate to cream? Thanks in advance, Andrew
  4. I'll be heading out west again, and have a hankering for some delectable chocolates and cakes. The last time I was in Vancouver, I tried Thomas Haas chocolates (Yum! Esp. the Campari ones...) and Ganache Patisserie (delicious and very well-constructed mini cakes). Are there any other can't-miss chocolatiers and patisseries in town that I must try? Thanks!
  5. My husband and I are having some friends over for an evening of reality TV and ice cream sundaes. In all, a junkfest of food and entertainment. Rotting the mind and body all at once! The glitch: two of our guests are vegans. Not a big problem, though: Soy Delicious (or Soy Dream or whatever it's called) ice cream is pretty decent, and Hip Whip whipped topping is an okay substitute for whipped cream. I'll have the real stuff on hand for the rest of us heathens, though. I'd like some suggestions about what to do for the chocolate and caramel sauces, though. For simplicity, I'm only going to make one of each, and they'll both be vegan. In place of the cream in the sauces below, I was thinking of using coconut milk. Would that likely work? Or, should I try soy milk or soy cream? Soy has never tasted quite right to me in milk or cream form. The butter will be replaced with Earth Balance margarine. Non-vegan recipes: Chocolate fudge sauce 10 ounces semisweet chocolate , chopped 1/3 cup sifted cocoa powder , Dutch process 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1/3 cup heavy cream Pinch table salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into pieces Caramel sauce 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup heavy cream pinch table salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , cold
  6. Coconut is one of my favorite flavors with dark chocolate. I've been working on a coconut truffle filling for molded pieces that is coming along, but I'd also like to create a more shelf-stable filling for a chocolate bar, like a coconut gianduja or a coconut version of a peanut butter cup. I've been making Greweling's PB cup recipe, and I'm thinking something like toasted shredded coconut and possibly powdered coconut milk with coconut oil in place of the PB, plus the cocoa butter to firm it up. Anyone tried anything like this? I would do the bars in 60% or 70%, should I be concerned about fat migration with the coconut oil and dark chocolate? I would want these to have a shelf life of 2-3 months. Thanks for any ideas! Andrea
  7. paulraphael

    Spherified chocolate

    So, half a decade or so after everyone got sick of spherification I decided to start doing it. I needed to bring something to an erotic dessert party, and thought chocolate truffles that explode in the mouth would be the ticket. It worked pretty well. People loved them, and made incredible faces, wondering about what was going on in there. One friend said they were like "yolks of the ganache vulture" ... a name that has stuck. Unfortunately, making them was a gross process. My assumption that a mellon baller would work for scooping the cold ganache into the alginate was thwarted by their crumbly texture. I ended up forming the balls by hand, which left me looking like I was covered in poop. Here's the recipe (it's for reverse spherification): 175g heavy cream 30g liqueur 15g sugar 3.2g calcium chloride 100g dark chocolate, chopped The chocolate is chilled in the freezer before making balls, and then soaked in hot water to melt the centers before serving. Two thoughts I had are substituting invert syrup for the sugar, and adding gelatin (enough to give them better adhesion while cold, but not so much as to thicken them noticeably while melted). Any better ideas?
  8. I made an Herve This style chocolate mousse last weekend - it is an emulsion of only coffee and chocolate - and it has been in my refrigerator all week. For how long will it still be safe to eat? Is there something in there that can go bad? There are two different versions - the details of which are: Mousse 1: 150g bittersweet chocolate 120g coffee Mousse 2: 150g bittersweet chocolate 140g coffee
  9. Hi! I'm a newbie to confectionery. I've been lurking on this board for a few weeks and I've learned a lot, thanks to all of you. This is my first time posting! I hope you can help me with my little problem. I made a half recipe of Greweling's Rasberry Bites butter ganache. I poured it into a 8X8 pan and it set up nicely. Then I realized that it only made a very thin layer, so my chocolates would turn out very thin. So I had a bright idea - I made a half recipe of the Peanut Butter Gianduja (also Greweling) and layered that on top. That also set up nicely, actually somewhat harder than expected. Anyway, I managed to cut the ganache (bottom coated) and dip the squares in dark chocolate. They looked nice for a while, but after a few hours, hairline cracks have appeared along the corners on many of them. Also, droplets of sugary stuff are leaking out in places - looks like raspberry jam. I had the window open for a while (50F outside) because it was too warm in the kitchen. Temp. inside never got below 65F. Could this have caused the cracking? Thanks a lot for your help! Prabha
  10. ElsieD

    Camino Chocolate

    WagJag has a promotion right now on Camino chocolate. It is advertised as Fair Trade Camino bittersweet chocolate chips containing 71% cocoa. The ingredients are cacao mass, cane sugar, and cacao butter. There are no additives or emulsifiers. The price is $95 for 10kilos. My question is, can I use this for anything other than, say, chocolate chip cookies? Can I use it for molding chocolates? Ganache? it is a great deal but on the other hand, that is a lot of chocolate. Thank you.
  11. I've been noticing a film buildup on my dishwashing racks, you know, tose 19" x 19" plastic racks that go into the commercial dishwashers, and I can't seem to get rid of the film. Operating temperatures, soap and rinse-aid dispensors are all fine. I run a small cafe/chocolate shop and only run maybe 20 racks total per day through the machine. I can wipe off the film with a rag, but to get in every tooth and crack an dcrevice of the rack is virtually impossible. Anyone know of a way to get rid of the film?
  12. Catherine Iino

    Baking with 85 percent chocolate

    I am making the Rose Levy Beranbaum Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte wedding cake, which calls for three pounds of chocolate. I was able to buy a lot of Lindt bars for little money, because they were mis-manufactured and are 83 percent rather than 85 percent cocoa solids. Beranbaum doesn't recommend using anything above 60 percent or so, but this deal was too good to pass up. Would it be enough to increase the amount of sugar in the recipe, or do I need to adjust for fat or anything else as well? Or am I just courting disaster all around? (I'm not a professional baker, but I play one late at night in my kitchen . . . )
  13. CKatCook

    Hot Cocoa Mix

    I was thinking it would be kind of fun for holiday gifts for the office to make some gift baskets with different flavors of hot cocoa w/ homemade marshmellows. The only problem is that I cannot find a reliable recipe for hot cocoa mixes on the web with out trying a hundred different recipes. And there is not alot of flavored recipes out there. I was wondering, does anyone have a good hot cocoa mix recipe, and if I wanted to make different flavorsof the recipe (for example, peppermint, amaretto) how would I do that? Thanks!
  14. Make-Ahead Molten Chocolate Cakes This is a recipe I saw Emeril do on his show. These cakes, which are baked until they just hold together and still have molten centers, are generally known as "flourless cakes", although they often do contain a small amout of flour like this recipe does. I doubled the original recipe to make 4 cakes, since freezing is part of the process anyway. 3 oz good quality semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped 6 T Tbl unsalted butter, softened + 2 tsp to grease bowls 6 T Tbl sugar 2 large eggs 6 T Tbl AP flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 T Tbl cocoa powder Lightly butter 4 ramikens with 2 tsp butter In a double boiler, melt chocolates together, remove from heat Stir in butter and sugar until smooth Add eggs, flour, baking powder and cocoa powder Beat at Med-High speed until thick and pale (apprx 5 min) Divide mixture into ramekins (about 1/2 full) Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 3 hours When ready to serve, preheat oven to 375 degrees Place ramekins on center shelf and bake until edges just set and center is still shiney (recipe says 10-12 min, Mine take 15+) Invert cakes onto plates and serve immediately, garnished with whipped cream or ice cream. SB (a favorite at my house)(I'm lucky to get to eat one of the four) Keywords: Dessert, Intermediate, Chocolate ( RG1925 )
  15. rxrfrx

    Arsenal Chocolate Pudding

    Arsenal Chocolate Pudding This makes the best bowl of chocolate pudding I've ever tasted, and would make a fine base for a vanilla pudding. 2-1/4 c whole milk 6 T sugar 2 T cocoa powder 2 T cornstarch 1/4 tsp salt 1 large egg 2 large egg yolks 5 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and lukewarm 2 T butter 1 tsp vanilla extract Heat the milk in a heavy pot. While the milk is heating, put the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, salt, egg, and yolks in a blender. Add enough warm milk to get the mixture well-blended. While whisking, add the blended mixture back to the rest of the milk. Keep whisking and bring the mixture to a boil. It will thicken. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate. In batches if necessary, blend the mixture on high speed for 10 seconds to incorporate air. Add pieces of butter while blending. Put all of the blended mixture in a bowl, stir in the vanilla extract, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before eating. Keywords: Dessert, Intermediate, Chocolate, Pudding ( RG1842 )
  16. Chocolate Coated Mint Leaves After a big hearty meal, I like to wait awhile for dessert. When I have guests, I pass around a plate with the chocolate minted leaves. It's refreshng. The leaves hold their shape well, and these could be for a decoration on any dessert. 6 ounces of Vahlrona chocolate Mint leaves. I use fresh from the garden. Melt the chocolate in a double broiler, stirring constantly. Remove the bowl and continue to stir till the chocolate is melted and smooth. Put wax paper or parchment on a cookie sheet or tray. Put plastic wrap on a rolling pin. Take the mint leaf by the stem and dip in chocolate, coating both sides. Put the leaf on the rolling pin to let dry. It's not mandatory, but I think it retains a nice shape. Then put the leaves in the freezer to set until frozen, and you can put into a freezer bag until ready to use. Keywords: Easy, Chocolate ( RG798 )
  17. Cusina

    Chocolate Toffee Cookies

    Chocolate Toffee Cookies These are delicious, but be aware, they need to be eaten the same day they are made. Not nearly as good after a day or two. I'm sorry to say I'm not certain of the source. The recipe was given to me by a friend quite some time ago. 1 lb Semi-sweet choc. chips ½ stick butter 1 ¾ c. brown sugar 4 large eggs ½ c. flour 1 teas. Baking powder 1 tblsp. Vanilla 7 oz Heath bits Melt choc. chips and butter. Cool mixture to lukewarm. Beat sugar and eggs until thick, about 5 minutes. Mix in chocolate mixture. Mix in vanilla. Mix in baking powder and flour. Mix in heath bits. Chill batter until firm, about 45 minutes. Heat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Place batter by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Bake for 15 minutes, until tops are dry and cracked but cookies are still soft to touch. Cool on sheets. (Makes about 4 doz. cookies.) Keywords: Dessert, Chocolate, Cookie ( RG740 )
  18. Susan in FL

    White Chocolate Macadamia Ice Cream

    White Chocolate Macadamia Ice Cream This recipe makes about a quart, and benefits from freezing overnight to allow flavors to mellow. If that produces a more solidly frozen ice cream than you prefer, let is soften in the refrigerator before serving. 1-3/4 c half and half 6 egg yolks 1/2 c sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch of salt 8 oz white chocolate, preferably imported, finely chopped 6 fl oz whipping cream 3/4 c macadamia nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped Over medium heat in heavy small saucepan, scald half and half. Remove from heat. Whisk egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and salt in medium bowl. Gradually whisk hot half and half into the egg mixture in the bowl. Return the mixture to the saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until it thickens and leaves a path on the back of a spoon when finger is drawn across it, about 8 to 10 minutes; do not boil. Remove the pan from heat and add white chocolate, whisking until melted and smooth. Stir in cream. Strain mixture into another bowl or container, and cover. Refrigerate until well chilled. Transfer custard to ice cream maker and process according to maufacturer's instructions. Add nuts when ice cream is almost set. Freeze in covered container. Keywords: Dessert, Intermediate, Snack, Ice Cream, Ice Cream Maker ( RG1338 )
  19. Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust Serves 8 as Dessert. This recipe is from the R.S.V.P. section of the February 2004 Bon Appetit, as requested by a reader in Portland, Oregon who liked the pie at Mother's Bistro & Bar (also in Portland Oregon). I find this pie to be pretty coconutty - the chocolate crust complements the flavour, but doesn't cut the intensity of the filling much. So if you're not a coconut fan, this may not be for you. The whipped cream is a nice touch, but the pie is fine without it. Finally, the recipe calls for whole milk, but I've made it with 2% in a pinch, and it turned out fine. Crust 10 T unsalted butter, divided and at room temperature 1-1/2 c chocolate wafer cookies, finely ground Filling 1-1/2 c whole milk 1/2 c whipping cream 1 vanilla bean, split 1-1/2 c plus 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut, toasted 6 large egg yolks 1/2 c sugar 2 T cornstarch pinch of salt 3 T coconut or dark rum Topping sweetened whipped cream Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter. Pour the butter into a mixing bowl and mix in the cookie crumbs. Press into a 9-inch pie dish and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the crust has set. Cool. In a saucepan, combine the milk and cream, scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean and then add the pod. Heat the mixture until it's just at a simmer, then remove from the heat, cover, and leave to steep for 15 minutes. Remove and discard the vanilla bean. [Actually, the bean's still usuable - use it to infuse another liquid, or, once dried, stick it into a jar of sugar and make vanilla sugar.] Mix in 1 1/2 cups of the coconut and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, then remove from heat. In a large bowl, whisk the yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt until blended together. Slowly whisk in the coconut mixture. Pour this mix back into the saucepan and bring it to a boil, stirring continuously. Keep stirring over medium-high heat until it has thickened - about 30 seconds. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and keep stirring until the butter has melted. Stir in the rum, and then allow the filling to cool until it's lukewarm. Pour the filling into the cooled crust, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until cold. (At least 4 hours. The pie can be made in advance and chilled for up to one day.) Top with the the whipped cream, and sprinkle the remaining coconut overtop. Keywords: Dessert, Chocolate, Pie ( RG1287 )
  20. So-Good-You-Wanna-Marry-'Em Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 c vegetable shortening (do not use butter flavored) 3/4 c light brown sugar, firmly packed 3/4 c granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp hot water 1 tsp vanilla 1-1/2 c all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp table salt 2 c quick oats 1 pkg chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate chips) In a large bowl, cream together: shortening brown sugar granulated sugar eggs Add: hot water vanilla In a separate bowl sift together, then add: flour soda salt Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake at 400º for 6 - 8 minutes. Remove from oven when edges begin to turn golden, they should be slightly gooey in the center. Cool and enjoy! Keywords: Dessert, Easy, Chocolate, Snack, Cookie, American ( RG599 )
  21. Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondies (with Kahlua) Everybody goes crazy for these. Some people don't want to have these thinking they prefer a brownie but, one taste and their hooked. This is a variation of something that's in one of the Silver Palate cookbooks. These are great to make ahead of time. Before cutting into bars, wrap the whole thing well in plastic and foil and freeze. Thaw, still wrapped and then cut. 3/4 c unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) 1 lb dark brown sugar (light is OK too) 3/4 tsp instant espresso 1 T hot water 4 eggs 2 T vanilla extract 2 c unbleached all purpose flour (plus more for dusting the pan) 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 c chopped pecans 1 c semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips 2 T Kahlua or other coffee liquer Heat butter and brown sugar together in a medium size sauce pan over medium low heat until the butter melts. Dissolve the espresso in the hot water and stir into the butter/sugar mixture. Let cool to room temperature or, to speed up the cooling, put the mixture into the mixer and work with the paddle attachment. Preheat the oven to 350. Butter an 11 x 8 inch pan, line with parchment, butter the parchment, and dust the entire pan lightly with flour. (Okay, I'm a bit compulsive about things not sticking.) When the butter mixture has cooled, beat in the eggs one at a time and the vanilla, stopping to scrape down the sides when necessary. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and stir into the butter mixture. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips just to combine. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake 40-50 minutes, until lightly browned and a cake tester comes out clean. Do not overbake. Immediately after removing the blondies from the oven, brush the Kahlua all over the top using a pastry brush. This will sizzle and give a lovely flavor to the blondies and a beautiful sheen to the top. I allow these to cool completely in the pan before turning the whole thing out and cutting them. These make 24 good size bars or more smaller ones. If you don't like pecans, you can substitute walnuts or some other kind of nut. Or, you can leave them out altogether but, if you do, I suggest adding additional chocolate chips to compensate Keywords: Dessert, Chocolate, Brownies/Bars ( RG591 )
  22. Watermelon Ice Cream with Chocolate "Seeds" Serves 12 as Dessert. Recipe was inspired by Joyce White's recipe for Watermelon Ice Cream from her book, Brown Sugar: Soul Food Desserts from Family and Friends, then further developed on this thread. 4 c Watermelon puree 1 c Sugar 1 T Corn Syrup 1/8 tsp Salt 1/3 c Passoa Passion Fruit liquor (or sub in another liquor, like Chambord, or port) 1 tsp Vanilla extract 2 c Light Cream 2 oz Dark Chocolate, shaved Place 2 cups watermelon puree, sugar, corn syrup and salt into saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add liquor & vanilla, and then mix into remaining (raw) watermelon puree. Chill thoroughly. Add cream and allow to sit in fridge for several hours or over night to chill & allow flavors to meld. Freeze in an ice cream maker until of soft consistency. Spoon into an airtight container, adding a sprinkling of chocolate to each spoonful as you go. Allow to harden in the freezer for several hours before serving. Yields about 1.5 quarts ice cream. Keywords: Dessert, Intermediate, Fruit, Snack, Ice Cream, Chocolate, American, Ice Cream Maker ( RG566 )
  23. Satsuma Rum Sorbet with Shaved Dark Chocolate 1 c cwater 1 c sugar 1 T corn syrup 3/4 c juice from satsuma oranges (6-8 satsumas) 2 strips of zest from oranges 1 jigger of dark rum 2 T shaved dark chocolate 1. Bring sugar, water, corn syrup and orange zest to light boil over medium heat. 2. Remove orange zest strips from syrup. 3. Cool syrup in ice bath. 4. Stir orange juice into syrup mixture. Make sure it is well combined. 5. Freeze in your Ice Cream machine as per manufacturer's directions. 6. When mixture is starting to get thick, add the jigger of dark rum slowly and then the shaved chocolate. 7. Let combine in the machine. 8. Pour out into airtight container and freeze to desired firmness. Keywords: Dessert, Ice Cream, Ice Cream Maker ( RG539 )
  24. Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies! Serves 15 as Dessert. These are my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies! They're big, fat, and chewy--and finally you can eat just one, they are just that big and satisfying! This recipe is adapted from the Cook's Illustrated version, only with some minor adjustments to my taste. Enjoy! 2 c all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 c unsalted butter, melted 1 c packed brown sugar 1/2 c white sugar 1 T vanilla extract 1 egg 1 egg yolk 2 c semisweet chocolate chips 1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 2. Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla. Add egg, then the yolk. Stir in dry ingredients, then fold in chocolate chips until incorporated. Refrigerate dough until firm (at least 30 minutes). 3. Drop 1/4 cup sized "puck-shaped" mounds of dough onto baking sheet. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for approximately10-12 minutes or ONLY until the edges begin to turn golden. (They'll look underdone, but trust me, they're perfect)! Cool and enjoy! Yields about 12-15 BIG cookies! Keywords: Dessert, American, Easy, Chocolate, Cookie ( RG430 )
  25. Chocolate Cake with boiled frosting This recipe comes from my great grandmother. Any notes in quotes come direction from a 70+ year old recipe card, hand written in beautiful cursive with a fountain pen. 1-1/2 c butter 2 c sugar 2 eggs 1 c buttermilk 1 tsp baking soda 2/3 c cocoa 2-1/4 c flour 1 c cream 1 c sugar cocoa Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, "beat well." Add buttermilk "beat well." Add baking soda, dissolved in "a tidge" of hot water. Add cocoa, which has been mixed with 1/2 cup boiling water. Add flour, "beat well." Makes three 9" layers, one 9x13 or a number (depending on how full you fill them) cupcakes. Bake at 350 F until done; don't overbake. Frosting Mix 1 cup sugar with enough cocoa "so it looks right." Stir in cream. Cook over med. low heat to soft ball stage. Remove from heat, and beat by hand "with wooden spoon" until amost spreaking consistency. If you beat it too long, and are frosting layer cakes, it will be too hard on the top layer. If too hard, beat in a drop or two of hot water. Advice on frosting. At least 1.5 the recipe because you will want to have plenty of frosting -- enough to lick the pan. Keywords: Dessert, Intermediate, American ( RG128 )
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