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The ChocolateDoctor’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream Soda

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Labor Day is here marking the end of summer-time treats. But here’s “One for the Gipper.” You hardly see them offered any more, but at the beginning of the 20th century ice cream sodas were the rage. That’s when you could visit the counter of your favorite drug store that served malts, shakes, sundaes, cold effervescent fountain drinks and ice cream sodas. The fountain was truly a treasure and you owe it to yourself to step back in time and enjoy one of these wonderful old time treats.

Ice cream sodas were all prepared-to-order by well-trained soda jerks. Before you get upset and politically correct with me, he wasn’t stupid and he was a HE—girls need not apply. Here he made a delicious dark, rich chocolate soda… ahhh… the light bite of the fizzy soda water, the smoothness of the ice cream, the pleasure of the soft whipped cream, and of course, the cherry on the top.

After we made this recipe in the test kitchen it was even better than we were all told or remembered. So, when you’re in Los Angeles try getting a taste of yesteryear at:

Soda Jerks
At The Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California
Adjacent to the Santa Monica Carousel at the foot of the pier

Bennett’s
Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles, California
Right next to Bob’s Doughnuts (where you can wash a doughnut down with a chocolate soda)

Better yet, make your Old-Fashioned Chocolate Soda. It only takes a few minutes.

Yield: 1 Old-Fashioned Chocolate Soda

You’re going to need:
1 frosted 16 ounce thick-walled soda glass or beer mug (stick it in the freezer until it’s very cold and frosty)
1 long iced tea spoon
1 long straw
1 small plate (it keeps the spill over under control)

Ingredients:
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Choclatique Dark Chocolate Ganache Sauce
3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream (I use chocolate ice cream)
1 cup cold club soda to fill the glass (old timers will remember the soda jerk used seltzer water)
A big squirt of whipped cream (store bought Reddi-wip is perfect)
1 red maraschino, cherry stem on

Directions:

  1. Pour the milk and vanilla extract into a tall 16-ounce frosty glass.
  2. Stir in the chocolate ganache sauce.
  3. Add in 2 scoops of ice cream and lightly mix.
  4. Carefully add enough soda water almost to the top of glass (it may run over, that’s okay).
  5. Place the last scoop of ice cream straddling the rim of the glass.
  6. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.
  7. Serve with a long spoon and a big straw.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Valentine’s Day Sunday Only—Double Chocolate Pancakes

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Sunday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Make your sweetie a sweet breakfast worthy of being served in bed—Sunday Only Pancakes. As you the place each pancake on the stack, drizzle with hot chocolate syrup. Artfully encase the whole stack in meringue robe and then pop it into a very hot oven to brown. It comes out of the oven looking like giant, puffed Baked Alaska. It is a beautiful plate presentation, not to take anything away from the taste of the pancakes… they are delicious on their own. So, here I present to you our naked Sunday Only treat (no meringue). If you can afford the extra calories and want to dress it up with meringue, knock yourself out (see recipe below).

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (12 4-inch pancakes)

Ingredients:
For the hot chocolate syrup:

3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Choclatique Hot Chocolate mix (or cocoa mix)

For the pancakes:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Choclatique Hot Chocolate mix (or cocoa mix)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1-1/4 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, plus 4 to 5 tablespoons for the skillet
2 large eggs plus
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg white, whipped
Whipped cream, for serving (if naked)

Directions:
For the hot chocolate syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the maple syrup, honey and hot chocolate mix to a simmer, whisking constantly. Continue to simmer until the syrup is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

For the pancakes:

  1. Preheat an oven to 200°F. The oven will be used to keep cooked pancakes warm while the rest are being cooked.
  2. Whisk together the flour, hot chocolate mix, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl. Pour the milk-egg mixture into the flour mixture, and gently fold just to combine (it’s OK if there are some lumps).
  4. Gently fold in the egg white until there are no white streaks.
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter; when it melts and the foam subsides, pour 1/4-cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, evenly spaced.
  6. Cook until the surface of the pancakes begins to bubble and the bottoms have darkened by a few shades, about 4 minutes. Flip the pancakes, and continue to cook until the bottoms have darkened by a few shades and the pancakes are springy when touched in the center, about 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining butter and batter.
  7. Keep cooked pancakes warm in a low oven.
  8. Serve with the warm chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

 

ChefSecret: Make it a triple chocolate threat—add 1/2 up of Choclatique, Milk, Dark or White Chocolate Chips to the batter before cooking.

Go for the full Monty—Go for the Meringue

  1. Make the meringue to pipe onto the outside of the stack of pancakes.
  2. Whip 4 large egg whites in a clean bowl on medium speed.
  3. While the egg whites are whipping, put the 1 cup of sugar in a pot, and wet with just enough water to make the sugar look like wet sand. Boil the sugar until it reaches the “soft ball” stage, or 230°F.
  4. Bring the mixer up to the highest speed and slowly and carefully pour the hot sugar into the egg whites, streaming it down the side of the bowl. Continue to whip on high until the bowl is cool to the touch, then reduce the mixer to medium-low speed for a minute to even out the air bubbles in the meringue. This make for a smoother finish on the pancake stack.
  5. Place the warm pancakes on a heat resistant serving plate. Using a piping bag with your round tip, pipe concentric circles to cover the entire stack of pancakes.
  6. If you have one available, use a kitchen torch to lightly toast the finished meringue, or return finished meringue pancake stack to the oven and bake until light the meringue light brown.

 

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Italian Christmas Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Sardi’s Hollywood was located on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, just about a half mile west of the old ABC Television Center. It was the first place that I knew of that served real espresso. You could come there at any time of the day and see many of your favorite Italian heartthrobs on break from the soap opera taping at the studio.

Aside from real espresso and great potato gnocchi they had a fantastic array of Italian bakery delicacies and Italian cookies. My choice was always the Chocolate Crackle Cookies. These soft and crackly cookies were rich, with a deep chocolate flavor accented by the espresso which was the perfect ingredient complement to raise the level of chocolate flavor. The touch of almond extract, while not completely authentic for this traditional cookie, adds an additional layer of flavor.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Chill time: 2 hours (or overnight)
Bake time: 30 minutes
Yield: 30 cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a small bowl. Using the back of a spoon break up any of the clumped cocoa powder.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth being careful not to burn. Let mixture cool while completing the next steps.
  3. In a stand mixer cream the brown sugar and eggs on medium-high speed in a large bowl until thick, about 2 minutes. Scraping down the side.
  4. Add the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and beat until well incorporated.
  5. Add the flour blend and beat until just combined.
  6. Scrape down the side and refrigerate the dough until firm for at least 2 hours.
  7. Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350° F.
  8. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
  9. Put the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl.
  10. Using a small scoop or tablespoon scoop out the dough and roll into balls.
  11. Refrigerate half the dough balls. Toss the remaining balls in the sugar, coating them very generously (you shouldn’t see any chocolate color from the dough).
  12. Place the dough balls about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  13. Bake until the tops are cracked and the edges are firm about 13 to 15 minutes.
  14. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  15. When the baking sheets have cooled, bake up the the remaining dough balls.
  16. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days. You can freeze the dough and bake off up to a week later.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Cape Cod White Chocolate-Cranberry Bog Cookies

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Cranberries are thought to be an indispensable part of our traditional American Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner feasts. For some reason, my mother seems to forget to serve the cranberries during holiday dinners. She used to find it still in the “fridge” when putting away the leftovers. Not wanting to cheat anyone out of their holiday cranberries, I created this recipe using dried cranberries (and chocolate, of course). I think you will find that tart cranberries are the perfect balance for Choclatique’s Snowy White Chocolate Chips.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour
Yield: 36 Cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 (3.5 ounce) package Jell-O® Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
2 large eggs
1 cup Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  2. Lightly spray two baking sheets with food release.
  3. Combine the flour and baking soda in a bowl and whisk.
  4. Cream the butter, white sugar and brown sugar and with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy and smooth; add the instant pudding mix and continue to beat.
  5. Beat the first egg into the butter mixture until completely blended, and then beat in the vanilla and the orange zest with the last egg.
  6. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. It’s okay to see a little flour.
  7. Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries; mixing just enough to evenly combine.
  8. Using a 1 ounce scoop or 2 tablespoons drop the dough 2 inches apart onto the sprayed baking sheets.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until edges of the cookies become golden brown—about 10 to 12 minutes.
  10. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

ChefSecret: You can substitute dried cranberries with dried cherries or blueberries, but then it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving, would it? You can also substitute the orange zest with tangerine or lemon zest.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Here is an attention-grabbing, wonderful holiday cake that you will want to make all year round. It is my favorite dark, moist, chewy and nicely-spiced ginger bread cake. Of course I’ve taken the liberty to add a measure of cocoa powder and chocolate to make it perfectly Choclatique-worthy. It can’t help being awesome, fragrant, and smelling a lot like Christmas. I give this cake 5 spicy “yums.”

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 40-45 minutes
Yield: Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients:
1 cup dark, blackstrap molasses
1 cup boiling water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon mace
1/8 teaspoon sweet anise
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Choclatique Ebony Dark Chocolate Pastilles

For the topping:
8 ounces heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat an oven to 350° F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the molasses and the boiling water and mix.
  • Add the sugar and vegetable oil and stir well. Let this mixture cool to lukewarm before adding the eggs to prevent them from cooking and mix well.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, spices and salt and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  • Fold in the white chocolate pastilles.
  • Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake 30 to 40 minutes, until it is springy and pulling away from the sides of the pan or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Serve with dollops of whipped cream.

For the topping:

  1. Place a large bowl with the beaters for your mixer in the freezer. Make sure the cream itself is thoroughly chilled as well.
  2. Sift the confectioner’s sugar into a bowl.
  3. Pour the cream into the frozen bowl and beat at high speed until it begins to thicken. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla extract. Keep beating the cream for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the cream is whipped and stiff. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Cape Cod White Chocolate-Cranberry Bog Cookies

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Cranberries are thought to be an indispensable part of our traditional American Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner feasts. For some reason, my mother seems to forget to serve the cranberries during holiday dinners. She used to find it still in the “fridge” when putting away the leftovers. Not wanting to cheat anyone out of their holiday cranberries, I created this recipe using dried cranberries (and chocolate, of course). I think you will find that tart cranberries are the perfect balance for Choclatique’s Snowy White Chocolate Chips.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour
Yield: 36 Cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 (3.5 ounce) package Jell-O® Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
2 large eggs
1 cup Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  2. Lightly spray two baking sheets with food release.
  3. Combine the flour and baking soda in a bowl and whisk.
  4. Cream the butter, white sugar and brown sugar and with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy and smooth; add the instant pudding mix and continue to beat.
  5. Beat the first egg into the butter mixture until completely blended, and then beat in the vanilla and the orange zest with the last egg.
  6. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. It’s okay to see a little flour.
  7. Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries; mixing just enough to evenly combine.
  8. Using a 1 ounce scoop or 2 tablespoons drop the dough 2 inches apart onto the sprayed baking sheets.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until edges of the cookies become golden brown—about 10 to 12 minutes.
  10. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

ChefSecret: You can substitute dried cranberries with dried cherries or blueberries, but then it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving, would it? You can also substitute the orange zest with tangerine or lemon zest.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cookies

Friday, July 18th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I love to share vintage family cookie recipes. These Old Fashioned Chocolate Cookies are circa 1960s. Baking cookies is a wonderful holiday tradition, and there are but few yummier treats you must have on your Christmas (or year-round) cookies plate of every year—this is one of them. They are crisp, delicious and not too sweet—just an old-fashioned cookie perfect for the holiday baking season. Need something to give; think chocolate cookies for homemade holiday gifts. Let the baking begin!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Bake Time: 8 to 12 minutes per sheet pan
Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder or Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.
  2. Add the corn syrup, eggs, salt and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the cardamom, cinnamon, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Gradually add to the creamed mixture and beat well.
  5. Scrape down the dough and divide into two portions. Wrap with food film and chill for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
  8. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on size of cutouts.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s St. Paddy’s Day Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake With Guinness Chocolate Icing

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I bet you’ll hear, “This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had!“ You’ll hear comments like this and much more when you serve this ultra dark, rich chocolate cake with its luscious chocolate icing. Use Choclatique Elephant Chocolate (76% cacao) or a really good chocolate bar with at least 74% cacao to intensify the chocolate flavor (do not use unsweetened baking chocolate), and you don’t have to wait for St. Paddy’s Day to make this cake! It’s not the luck of the Irish that make this cake so good; it’s the Guinness!

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 1 9-inch layer cake (2 layers)

Ingredients:
For the Cake:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Choclatique Black Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Irish Guinness Stout Beer
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
4 ounces Choclatique Elephant Dark Chocolate (76%), chopped
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup crème fraîche (see ChefSecret)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

For the Icing:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons Irish Guinness Stout Beer
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners‘ sugar, sifted (or more as needed)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Butter two the 9-inch cake pans and dust with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
  3. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, heat 1 cup of the stout beer, 1-1/4 cups butter, 4 ounces chocolate and the sugar just until the butter and chocolate have melted; stir to blend mixture, and cool slightly.
  4. Beat the eggs and crème fraîche together in a large mixing bowl; gradually stir in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Add the melted chocolate mixture in small additions, stirring to blend. Pour half the batter into each prepared cake pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the cake bounces back when touched lightly with a finger, about 40 minutes. Cool the cakes on racks.

For the Icing:

  1. Place 1/2 cup of the butter, 4 ounces of dark chocolate and 5 tablespoons of stout beer in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Continue to cook and stir just until the chocolate has melted; stir to blend mixture completely. Remove from the heat, and cool slightly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until smooth; gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar. Pour in the cooled chocolate-stout mixture and mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar until the icing is to your desired consistency, adding more sugar if you like a firmer icing.
  3. Place a cake layer on a serving plate, and smooth about one third of the frosting over the cake top. Place the second cake onto the frosted layer, and spread remaining two thirds of the frosting over the top and sides of the cake.

ChefSecret #1: By dusting the cake pans with cocoa powder you won’t get messy white flour streaks on the cake and the baked layers will still release from the pan.

ChefSecret #2: You should have about 1/4 cup of Guinness left in the bottle (if you didn’t cheat and drink it all). For a moister cake pour the remaining Guinness into a small sauce pan along with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Using a wide pastry brush, brush on the mixture on to the first layer before frosting.

ChefSecret #3: You can make your own crème fraîche by adding 2 tablespoons of cultured buttermilk to 1 pint of heavy cream in a non-reactive container (glass or plastic). Cover and allow to rest at room temperature until thickened to desired texture, about 12 hours. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Or, sour cream can be substituted for the crème fraîche.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate-Orange Valentine’s Dessert Pizza

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

There are now over 1500 recipes for dessert pizza on the internet. Some are made with real pizza dough and many are made with a cookie or brownie base. I spotted a couple using a graham cracker crust and even saw one that was made on a bagel. These all seemed a little too heavy for an ending to a wonderful homemade Valentine’s Day dinner. I decided to make our Chocolate-Orange Valentine’s Dessert Pizza with a light and flaky puff pastry. It’s okay to use the frozen, store-bought stuff.

I looked everywhere I could and couldn’t find anything on the history of who made the first dessert chocolate pizza. I even looked it up on Wikipizza. If you know who invented it or where it was first served, drop me a note and you may win a free box of Choclatique Valentine’s Chocolate.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 90 minutes
Yield: 1 Pizza (Serves 2 to 4 people)

Ingredients:
For the Dark Chocolate Ganache:

1 1/4 cups water
2/3 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
2 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 pound Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate Pastilles
1 1/4 teaspoons chocolate extract (Star Kay White Pure Chocolate Extract)

For the Pizza:
1 puff pastry sheet, thawed (Pepperidge Farms or equal private label)
1/2 cup dark chocolate ganache (ingredients above)
2 tablespoons toasted almond slivers
10-12 orange segments
2 tablespoons caramel sauce
2 tablespoons Choclatique White Chocolate Curls

Directions:
For the Dark Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Bring the water, corn syrup, cocoa powder and salt to a boil.
  2. Remove the pan from heat.
  3. Add the chocolate and chocolate extract.
  4. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Let the ganache cool to room temperature. Continue to stir periodically while cooling to keep it from separating.
  6. Cover and set aside.

For the Pizza:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Line a flat baking pan with a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry so that an inverted 9” pie pan will fit on it. Cut out the puff pastry around the pie pan.
  4. Prick the pastry round all over with a fork or pairing knife.
  5. Place the dough on the baking pan and cover with a second sheet of parchment. Place a second baking pan on top of the parchment and place a weight, such as a small sauce pan on top of the second baking pan.
  6. Place the weighted pastry in the oven and bake for 14 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the top baking pan and the top piece of parchment paper. Carefully place a pie pan into the direct center of the pastry round, leaving a uniform amount of dough exposed on all sides. Place the small sauce pan onto the pie pan to weigh it down. This will create the raised edges of the pizza crust.
  8. Place the pan back in the oven and bake for an additional 12 minutes or until the edges of the pastry are a deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  9. Spoon the ganache into the center of your “pizza” crust and carefully spread it to the raised edges.
  10. Sprinkle the almonds evenly over the ganache.
  11. Carefully place the orange segments in a circular pattern. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the whole pizza and finish by sprinkling the white chocolate curls over the top.

ChefSecret: You can easily substitute fresh berries or canned peach slices for the orange segments. You can have some fun with a kid’s version of this dessert pizza by cutting out round shapes of fruit leather that look like pepperoni or salami.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s White Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cookies

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

White chocolate and cherries seem to belong together for Valentine’s Day, or is that just me? I love the combination of the red and white colors, not to mention the flavors. I wanted to make a cookie that was different. Yes, chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies are delicious, but sometimes you need a little something else. So I did some experimenting in the kitchen and I came up with these. I hope you enjoy them, we did—they didn’t last long here!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 11 to 12 minutes
Cool Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Yield: 36 Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose-flour
10 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped (I used my blender)
2 cups Choclatique White Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Beat the butter, sugars, egg and almond extract until creamy.
  3. Mix the soda, salt and flour together and add to the wet ingredients (the dough will be thicker than most cookie doughs until you add the cherries).
  4. Add in the cherries and mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet (about 2 tablespoons each leaving enough room to allow the dough to spread when baking).
  7. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, cool for 3-4 minutes on pan and then cool on a rack.

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