Archive for June, 2013

The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Profiteroles

Friday, June 28th, 2013
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I love profiteroles (pronounced pruh-FIHT-uh-rohl). I can’t imagine why I haven’t added this recipe to my blog before today. Profiteroles can be found in Europe, the Mediterranean countries and America. They are small, crisp, hollow rounds of pâte à choux (pastry) that are filled with sweetened whipped cream, pastry cream or ice cream. In America a larger ‘profiterole’ is called a cream puff. If you pipe out the choux pastry in a long line it is an éclair. These different shapes and sizes can be filled with both sweet and savory fillings. Profiteroles are light, delicate hollow pastry puffs which are easy to make, but everyone will think you are a top-notch pastry chef.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook & Bake Time: 35 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: Serves About 12

Ingredients:
To Make the Pâte à Choux (dough for the profiteroles pastry shell):

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs

To Make the Cream Filling:
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoon Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

To Make the Chocolate Sauce:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 425º F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the butter, 2 tablespoons of the chocolate chips and salt until the butter and chocolate have melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  4. Rapidly stir in the flour until no dry lumps remain. Return to medium heat and stir until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  5. Transfer dough to stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 1 minute.
  6. While the mixture is still warm beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding the next egg only after the last one has been completely incorporated into the mixture. You should have a smooth, silky paste.
  7. Drop the pâte à choux onto the prepared baking sheet in evenly spaced dollops about 2 tablespoons or a small scoop each.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. until the pastries have puffed up and turned golden brown.
  9. Transfer the pastry from the baking sheet to a wire rack. Cool to room temperature.
  10. Beat 1 cup of heavy cream to soft peaks; stir in the cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
  11. Bring the remaining cup of heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth.
  12. To assemble, poke a hole into the bottom of each pastry and using a pastry bag fill with the cocoa cream.
  13. Place the filled profiteroles onto individual serving plates and top with the warm sauce.

ChefSecret: The choux paste can be piped through a pastry bag or dropped with a pair of spoons into small balls and baked to form largely hollow puffs. After cooling the baked pastry balls inject with filling using a pastry bag and narrow piping tip, or slicing off the top, filling, and reassembling.

The most common fillings are whipped cream, pastry cream or ice cream. They can be topped with powdered sugar or chocolate sauce. They can also be served plain, with a crisp caramel glaze or with fruit. Filled and glazed with caramel, they are assembled into a pyramid of pastry and turned into a croquembouches. These sculptures of pastry are often served at weddings in France and Italy, and during the Christmas Holiday in Germany and France.

Leftover profiteroles may be stored sealed in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Friday, June 21st, 2013
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

H. B. Reese, a former dairy farmer from Hershey, Pennsylvania, created the original Peanut Butter Cup in 1928. A peanut butter cup is a wonderful confection filled with peanut butter and enrobed in chocolate. At Choclatique, we make our own artisan blend of peanut butter filling for our very special truffles that are creamier and tastier than even the original.

I took the peanut butter cup one step further with our Peanut Butter Cup Cookie. This is a wonderful peanut butter cookie baked in a small muffin tin with a peanut butter cup pressed into a hot, out-of-the-oven cookie before it has time to set. This is a peanut butter cookie fancier’s dream.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Baked Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour 35 minutes
Yield: 12 to 15 cookies

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
12 Choclatique Milk or Dark Peanut Butter Truffles

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  • Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until very fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 12 to 15 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
  • Bake for about 8 minutes until just turn light brown. Remove from the oven and immediately press a peanut butter cup into the hot center of each cookie.
  • Cool on a rack.
  • Carefully remove each cookie from the pan.

 

ChefSecret: There is only one way I know to make a great thing even better. Press in a Choclatique Peanut Butter & Jelly Truffle to add an additional flavor thrill.

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip & Bacon Cookies

Friday, June 14th, 2013
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Bacon is the hottest ingredient in culinary circles today. There are several artisan bacon makers in the United States that put as much effort into their pigs as we do our chocolate. No one does it better than my favorite—Allan Benton, the owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Monroe County, Tennessee. He comes from a family with a rich history of curing and smoking pigs. Allan is a “meat maker” of the highest order and has chefs from around the country clamoring for his tasty pork. I thought the flavors of bacon and old-fashioned Original Fritos would be a great foil for Choclatique Chocolate. I guess the next thing I’ll have to try is chocolate and old-fashioned country ham. No snickering (or oinking), please.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes
Ready In: 32 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup crushed corn chips (Fritos Original)
2 cups Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  2. Place the bacon on a sheet pan and cook it, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 15 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Crumble the bacon. Then, to remove any excess fat, place the bacon in a shallow microwave safe bowl lined with a paper towel and microwave on full for 1 minute. Drain thoroughly and set the bacon aside to cool.
  3. Cream the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract with an electric mixer in a large bowl until fluffy and smooth.
  4. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Stir in the corn chips, chocolate chips and cooked, crumbled bacon.
  5. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven until light brown.
  7. Keep the cookies on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

ChefSecret: It must be the Benton Bacon.

Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams
2603 Hwy. 411 North
Madisonville, Tennessee 37354-6356
Phone: (423) 442-5003

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Got Milk Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, June 7th, 2013
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

For those poor lost souls who can never make up their minds to indulge in a brownie or chocolate chip cookie, now you can have your cake (or cookie), and eat it too. Here is the original “Got Milk” cookie or brownie where you can enjoy both the dense, rich all-cocoa experience of a brownie and chocolate chips hidden inside a chewy, crispy chocolate chip cookie, all at the same time. So why bother choosing one above the other when you can enjoy them both at the same time!

You’ll have to make the brownies first, let them cool completely then wrap each in a measure of chocolate chip cookie dough.

To make the Brownies:

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 16 brownies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350º F. (325º if using a glass baking pan)
  2. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup of the butter. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
  4. Stir in the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. Beat in the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
  7. Cool completely.

To make the Cookies:

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 18 to 20 minutes
Yield: 16 VERY large brownie/cookies

Ingredients:
2 sticks salted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups Choclatique Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
16 prepared, cooled brownies (recipe above)

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  2. Prepare brownies according to thee directions above. Let them cool completely, then them cut into 1 1/2-inch squares.
  3. In a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, continuing to beat until well combined.
  5. Place the flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl; whisk to combine, then add slowly to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips.
  6. Place a large cookie scoopful of dough on top of each brownie square and another large scoop on the bottom. Gently press to enclose each brownie with dough adding pinches of more dough to cover sides if needed.
  7. Place 6 filled cookies onto a parchment or non-stick silicon sheet lined baking sheet and bake for 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove and let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from baking sheet.
  9. Grab a tall glass of milk and dig in.

ChefSecret: While I hate to admit I sometimes don’t have the time to make my own brownies ahead. It’s perfectly okay, while not preferred, to use a prepared boxed brownie mix like Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines or Choclatique.

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