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  1. John Talbott


    Chocolate This is one of a series of compendia that seeks to provide information available in prior topics on eGullet forums. Please feel free to add links to additional threads or posts or to add suggestions. Chocolate tasting 2007 Chocolate Recon Chocolate show 2001- Angelina’s Salon 2005- La Petite Fabrique The end of chocolate Chocolate surprises
  2. Having a suprisingly difficult time trying to track some down in melbourne. Anyone seen someone who stocks them?
  3. Kerry Beal

    Chocolate Buttercream

    Chocolate Buttercream 1 c plus 2 tbsp sugar 1/2 c water 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 2 extra large eggs 2 extra large egg yolks 14 oz salted butter, room temperature 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled 3 drops Loranne Gourmet Chocolate Flavour Bring water and sugar to boil in small sauce pan. Boil to 240 F. Meanwhile beat eggs, yolks and cream of tartar in mixer with wire whip. By the time the syrup is ready the egg mixture will be fluffy and light in colour. With mixer on highest speed drizzle hot syrup down side of bowl until incorporated. Beat until cool. Add butter a couple of tbsp at a time. Mix in cooled chocolate and flavour. If separates heat outside of the bowl with hair dryer, heat gun or hot water soaked towel just until incorporates. Keywords: Topping/Frosting ( RG1667 )
  4. 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 )
  5. Chocoladevla (Dutch Chocolate Pudding) My mother used to make this on special occasions. You need to taste the vla after adding the sugar to determine if more is needed (this depends on the quality of cocoa powder used). A vanilla bean can also be added to the milk when heating, remove before adding the cocoa mixture. 1 l milk 30 g cocoa powder 40 g cornflour / cornstarch 1 egg yolk 100 g sugar Blend sifted cocoa and cornflour with enough milk (from 1 litre total) to make a paste. Heat remaining milk in a saucepan. When just boiling, take off the heat and carefully blend in cocoa mix. Return to heat and bring back to boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1-2minutes, turn off heat. Stir in sugar and egg yolk. Pour into individual dishes or one large bowl. Place in fridge to set. Serve with whipped cream. Keywords: Dessert, Chocolate, Pudding ( RG1958 )
  6. 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 )
  7. This weekend in Ashland, OR, there will be a Chocolate Festival Celebration at the Ashland Springs Hotel... Chocolates, coffee, vino, and a great food area, what more could we ask for? Hope to see some Egulletiers there....
  8. 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 )
  9. ruthcooks

    Comparing chocolate tastes

    I've ordered premium baking chocolates, but never used any for baking because I always eat them first! Finally I have gathered together Scharffen Berger, Valrhona and KA's Merckens. Locally, I have Ghirardelli and Bakers. I have at least 7 ounces of each. Of course, I know I can just taste them, but what else can I do? I've thought of making a very small amount of ganache with each one, but I should really bake something, too. Brownies? Any one have any good ideas? And after I make all this ganache, anyone have an idea of what to do with it? Frost yellow cupcakes and taste again? Ideas, please. What could I bake that would give me the best idea of what each chocolate can do?
  10. Hi, Recchiuti has the piece named "Spring jasmine tea" with marbleized covering. I don't think it is a molded piece ... how can I give such a marbleized effect to my fork dipped pieces? And, my second question, to make Brésilienne Chips, where can I buy oval-shaped stencil mentioned in the recipe box? Thanks in advance ...
  11. cakedecorator1968

    Lindt Chocolate

    Have you ever worked with Lindt chocolate? I've noticed that Lindt chocolate seems to be quite fluid when melted but also seems to be quite a soft chocolate compared to other brands when molded or even just tasted out of the bag? Especially milk and white. It's always a little soft for me on the tooth....sort of like a cadburys milk chocolate bar at the grocery store ....very soft and creamy. Not really a hard crisp snap like some chocolates but from the fluidity seems to be loaded with cocoa butter. Comments?
  12. schneich

    Fascinating Chocolate Demo

    back from europain, with some impressions: check out the chocolate decoration demo, it was a chinese booth with a chinese chef who had some incredible tricks :-) after watching him for quite some time i am sure that his chocolate has some oil in it to make it smoother... cheers t.
  13. Well, they've gotten everyone convinced about the health benefits of chocolate -- at least dark chocolate. Now it seems that cocoa itself also is potentially beneficial for heart disease, diabetes, dementia -- including Alzheimers, and stroke. Cocoa shows promise as next wonder drug However, like most things, much can be lost in the processing.
  14. renam

    Chocolate Covered Bacon

    Last night on the FoodNetwork Micheal Symon did chocolate covered bacon on Dinner Impossible segment. I guess he's the new host. Anyway, everyone loved it. Has anyone done this before? I'm thinking of doing it for the Holidays. I'm worried about the shelf life though. Would probably have to do it on a made to order and not in advance.... Any thoughts? Thanks, Rena
  15. 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 )
  16. Yesterday the owner of our local bulk food store, who also supplies Belcolade and Callebaut chocolate couverture, gave me two little baggies of Callebaut's new product Chocolate pearls. Little white and dark chocolate balls, with a tiny crunchy wheat center, not a big crunch, just a little crunch. They are tasty little things,to either eat or use as decoration he said. Has anyone else tried them?
  17. Buttermilk Chocolate Fudge Cake Initially posted by Toby. Re-posted by Sandra Levine, with the quote, "Here's a recipe that I made a couple of weeks ago. It's a recipe that Toby posted. Even though I overbaked it, it was still delicious." 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 8 oz unsalted butter, softened 1-3/4 c packed dark brown sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1-1/2 c all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/8 tsp salt 1 c buttermilk, at room temperature Beat butter till light and fluffy. Beat in brown sugar at high speed, till well blended and light, about 8 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time and then the chocolate and vanilla. Sift together the dry ingredients and then beat 1/3 of them into the chocolate mixture. Add 1/3 of the buttermilk. Repeat 2 more times. Scrape batter into buttered and floured 10" springform pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 1 hr. and 10 minutes. Really good with ganache and whipped cream. Keywords: Dessert, Chocolate, Easy, American ( RG160 )
  18. Special dessert for graduation bbque I need to make something spectacular-which will feed a large group -for a graduation party tomorrow--Not Chocolate! All my special cakes, etc are chocolate-that's what my family insists on. I can make a great blueberry or peach pie-but I need to feed more. Any ideas?
  19. Has anybody made the orange raspberry bon bon from Notter's book "The Art of the Chocolatier: From Classic Confections to Sensational Showpieces"? It is described as a smooth raspberry coulis, atop a dark ganache, infused with fresh orange juice, encased in a dark chocolate shell. What did you think of it? I'm very curious about the texture and taste of the raspberry coulis. Unfortunately the book shows a picture on the finished piece (no step-by-step photos or a cut-away photo).
  20. Borrowing a page from Modernist Cuisine, I put 500ml of whole milk and 70 grams cocoa nibs in an ISI container with two charges of NO2. Eight to twelve hours later I strained. The milk is white with a grains of cocoa (which fall out on their own), but tastes strongly of chocolate -- it's white chocolate milk. As a drink, with sweetener it's delicious. But baking with it the flavour evaporates. Why, and does anyone have a suggestion on how to keep the chocolate flavour? To be more specific, I used the white chocolate milk in place of milk in drop cookies and white cake batter. In the batter the flavour is noticeable, after baking, it's gone. Baking times were between 10 and 40 minutes. The only thing I can think to do is try the experiment again with heavy cream and see if the fat preserves the flavour. Any thoughts on this?
  21. Fat Guy

    Apple and chocolate

    Are there any good desserts that utilize the pairing of apples and chocolate? Someone challenged me to come up with a compelling example and I failed.
  22. 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
  23. Sebastian

    Chocolate Kitchen/Lab Design

    I've recently taken a new position with another chocolate company, and the first thing I'm being asked to do is create a state of the art development/applications lab. I know the equipment and process flow inside and out, so that's not an issue for me, but my wife says I'm...how shall we put it...aesthetically challenged 8-) Have any of you experience with design companies that offer industrial lab/kitchen design services? I'm looking for someone who can address layout, cabinet design, colors, etc so that if I say 'here's a pile of equipment that i have to put in here' they can say 'i know how to make it look like you didn't just throw a pile of equipment in here'...i need it be functional and very aesthetic. If there's any resident experience in here with lab design places, I'd love to hear who they are and what your experiences were with them...
  24. First this is a general inquiry about high quality good tasting dark chocolate in UK for eating. We know about Green and Black's which is made in Italy. Second, have you heard, or do you have web site for James Chocolate , Evercreech, Somerset, BA 4 6LQ. They have some wonderful tasting chocolates with rose, lavender, etc that someone gave us but they do not remember where they got it.
  25. Every time we visit the Sen5es Bakery in Downtown Vancouver, I'm always intrigued, but disappointed with the Sparkle Cookies. Call me crazy, but they just don't do it for me. But the Valrhona Chocolate Cookies - oh my! They're deep, dark and unctous, partly because of the Valrhona, but mostly because the texture is incredible. Can I just do any chocolate chocolate chip cookie, sub with Valrhona and successfully replicate these puppies? I'm dying to, yet reluctant to waste good chocolate. Thoughts? Anyone else agree these beat out the Sparkle cookies??