The ChocolateDoctor’s Salted Chocolate Batter Cookies

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

If you love things that are salty and sweet then you’ll certainly love the combination I’ve concocted with a simple cookie that uses sea salt to compliment the flavor of the chocolate. I think you will be delighted to see how well the luscious chocolate icing pairs with coarse sea salt.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 9 to 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 cookies

Ingredients:
1 large egg yolk
1 batch Brownie Batter Frosting (recipe below), divided in half
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Choclatique Ebony Dark Chocolate Pastilles
2 teaspoons coarse *sea salt

For the Brownie Batter Frosting:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, sifted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coarse *sea salt

Directions:
For the Frosting:

  1. Using a stand mixer, whip the butter and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add cocoa powder, flour, vanilla and salt, and whip until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Divide in half and set aside

For the Cookies:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the egg yolk and 1/2 of the Brownie Batter Frosting and whip until well incorporated. Add baking soda and flour, and continue mixing until smooth, about 2 minutes longer.
  3. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of cookie batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 9–10 minutes. Do not overbake or cookies will be hard.
  4. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack. When cool, frost each cookie with a small dollop of the remaining Brownie Batter Frosting.
  5. Heat dark chocolate pastilles in the microwave in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. Carefully spoon about 2 teaspoons of chocolate over each frosted cookie to cover the frosting, then sprinkle with a few crystals of coarse sea salt.

ChefSecret: Until recently salt was just salt and considered a basic commodity. Today chefs and home meal providers have learned to appreciate and distinguish between the distinctive qualities of the many varieties of gourmet sea salts and the ways these salts enhance the flavors and finish of foods. For this recipe I used Chardonnay Oak-Smoked French Sea Salt from SaltWorks to enhance the flavor. They have a wide variety of specialty sea salts that you may be interested to try for this and other recipes.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Milk Bundt Cake

May 30th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

In my cookbook, Choclatique-150 Simply Elegant Desserts, I talked a little about my experiences at the old Adhor Dairies in Los Angeles, where they used to give us free chocolate milk in the reception area. On Fridays they would give us gallons to take home. I wasn’t a big chocolate milk drinker, but I did ‘invent’ a lot of kid recipes to use up the chocolate milk.

Since my partner Joan is a Wisconsin girl and her mom used to make a killer Milwaukee Milk Cake I came up with this simple quick chocolate milk cake recipe. It’s not too sweet and it has a great crisp outer texture, more than your usual cake, but it is still moist, rich and buttery on the inside. I always top it off with my chocolate milk glaze.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:
For the Cake:

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup chocolate milk
2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces Choclatique Milk Chocolate Chips

For the Glaze:
2 to 3 tablespoons chocolate milk
1/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1 tablespoon Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light yellow. Add the vanilla extract, milk and eggs and combine well.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder in 3 steps and mix until smooth.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in a greased Bundt pan for about 40 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes away clean.
  6. Invert and cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 30 minutes before glazing. The cake should release cleanly from the pan as it cools.
  7. Mix confectioner’s sugar, orange zest and cocoa powder with the milk (use 1 tablespoon of milk first, add second or third if necessary) and drizzle over the cake with the tines of a fork when it has cooled.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate-Blackstrap Molasses Cookies

May 22nd, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

If you have read my blogs in the past you know that there are many health benefits to chocolate. I’m always looking other foods that compliment the health aspects of chocolate. So when reading an article, I found that there are some great attributes to consuming molasses, blackstrap molasses to be certain. During the processing of sugar when sugar cane syrup is boiled for the third time, blackstrap molasses is created. It just so happens that blackstrap molasses is the most nutrient-rich of all molasses. One of the major benefits of eating about a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses a day is the positive effect it has on hair. Now I’m a guy who can certainly use a lot of help in this area.

The reason why blackstrap molasses is so good for your hair is because its contains copper, which is an essential trace mineral for bodily maintenance. Just two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses contains approximately 14% of your daily recommended requirement of copper, as well as many other trace minerals—such as magnesium, iron and selenium. These trace minerals work together with copper to help restore your body’s physiological health. That is the reason whey copper supplements are often viewed as vanity supplements like improving hair quality, as well as the possibility of toning down of gray.

So I was thinking that blackstrap molasses doesn’t have to be associated as a health food if you add a little bit of cocoa powder and bake it in a cookie.

If you’re a man whose hair is receding and you want to restore hair growth, then you’re in luck. Not only can blackstrap molasses stimulate hair growth, but it can do so in half the time it takes to replace a graying hair, since the body does not need to remove aging hair before replacing it.

Well as most of you know I love my cookies! I used to enjoy my Archway Molasses Cookies (with the royal white icing) and a glass of ice cold milk. These were the type of cookies my grandmother used to make and I didn’t even know that they were so healthy. These are the cookies that turn out crisp on the outside but deliciously chewy on the inside. So this recipe will boost your immune system with all the benefits of the cocoa and give you a full head of dark, wavy hair just like you used to have when you were in your early 20s.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 24 Cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup molasses (Unsulphured Blackstrap)
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups unbleached flour
1/3 cup Choclatique Black Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup extra granulated sugar for rolling

Directions:

    1. In large mixing bowl cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar.
    2. Add the molasses and egg and continue to beat.
    3. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder baking soda and spices.
    4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until well combined.
    5. Chill the dough for one hour.
    6. Preheat an oven to 375º F.
    7. Scoop out the dough with an ice cream scoop or a couple of table spoons and roll into 1 inch balls.
    8. Roll the dough balls in sugar and place on sheet pan—12 cookies per pan.
    9. Press down slightly on the cookie dough with the bottom of a moistened glass to flatten.
    10. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
    11. Cool the pan on rack for 5 minutes and then carefully transfer the cookies to another rack.
    12. When cool store the cookies in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
    13. Make an appointment with your barber.

ChefSecret: Make it look like an Archway Cookie—frost with white royal icing. Use 1/8 cup warm water; 1/2 tablespoon light corn syrup; 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract; 1/8 teaspoon almond extract; 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, or more as needed. Stir warm water, corn syrup, and extracts together in a small bowl until corn syrup and extract have dissolved. Place confectioners’ sugar into a separate bowl and add liquid ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until royal icing is smooth. Store in a lidded container for up to a week; stir thoroughly before using. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Milk Pudding

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

When I was a kid, I never liked to drink chocolate milk. In my cookbook, Choclatique-150 Simply Elegant Desserts, I talked a little about my experiences at the Adhor Farms in West Los Angeles, where they used to give out free chocolate milk in the reception area. Yes, there was a day when there actually was a dairy on the west side. On Fridays they would give us gallons to take home. I wasn’t a big chocolate milk drinker, but I did ‘invent’ a lot of kid recipes to use up the chocolate milk.

I love chocolate pudding, but it has to be the old-fashioned kind where the skin forms on the top—no overly-starched instant pudding for this guy. And you don’t need to take short cuts when it comes to making a great chocolate pudding. The hardest part of the recipe is to wait for it to chill.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients:
2 cups, plus 1/2 cup chocolate milk
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold coffee
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the cold chocolate milk, cold coffee and cornstarch until smooth.
  2. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of milk, heavy cream, sugar, cocoa powder and salt and bring just to a simmer.
  3. Add the cornstarch mixture and continue stirring until it returns to a simmer. It will begin to thicken as the mixture gets hotter.
  4. Remove it from the heat, add the vanilla extract, stir well and pour into ramekins or small bowls.

ChefSecret: I use the coffee to add richness and depth to the chocolate pudding flavor. It is a natural chocolate enhancer and I use it in cakes, pies and cookies when appropriate. Never add cornstarch directly to a hot liquid as it will clump and pearl leaving lumps of cornstarch that are very undesirable in what should be a smooth-as-silk chocolate pudding.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Basic Chocolate Ganache

May 9th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I wrote a whole book (Choclatique—150 Simply Elegant Desserts) about cooking and baking with ganache. A ganache is basically a blending of chocolate and cream. The ratio of chocolate to cream can vary depending on whether it will be a coating, filling or truffle.

In this recipe I use an industry standard 1-to-1 ratio of chocolate to cream. This is perfect for a beautiful shinny glaze on a cake or pie. It is firm, but not hard. When chilled and firm it can be whipped an electric mixer and use as a filling for pastry or roll into truffles. Of course you can add flavors, extracts and liquors to your taste.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%) Pastilles
1/2 cup Choclatique Ebony Dark Chocolate (72%) Pastilles
1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream (depending on intended use)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of other flavors, extracts and liquors of your choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl.
  2. In a medium sauce pan heat the heavy cream, butter and espresso granules; bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted, glossy and fluid. If desired whisk in additional heavy cream to reach the desired consistency.

ChefSecrets: To use the ganache as a candy coating or decorative outer shell on Petit Fours, reduce the amount of cream in recipe and keep ganache over simmering water or wrap the bowl in a heating pad. Add a little it more cream and whip with an electric mixer to get a frosting-like consistency great for decorating cakes and cupcakes (Do not refrigerate). To make old-fashioned rolled truffles scoop and hand roll room temperature ganache into a ball then roll in chopped nuts, confectioner’s sugar, decoratifs or Choclatique Unsweetened black Onyx Cocoa Powder.

Cake pops are really the popular rage at the moment and are in the forefront of chocolate fashion. They’re easy to make using leftover cake trimmings. Combine the trimmings with warm ganache—add a tablespoon at a time—mix until the cake and ganache are moist and fully combined. Add only as much ganache as needed to hold the mixture together. Roll mixture into balls and place on a waxed-paper lined sheet, insert a loll stick into the center of each ball (found at hobby stores). Place in freezer for about 2 hours and then dip in warm ganache to coat.

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California Chocolate-Marshmallow Pie: S’mores for Snobs

May 2nd, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

The first recorded version of a s’more was found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts in 1927. Although it is unknown when the name was shortened, recipes for Some Mores appeared in various Girl Scout publications until 1971. Using the same ingredients, we have come up with our own version of s’mores in the form of a pie. Starting with a store-bought pie crust and puffy marshmallows, you can have a campfire-style treat at the dining room table even if you’re not a Girl Scout. To tell you the truth, camping never tasted this good.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Bake Time: 10 Minutes + 10 Minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 1 9-inch pie (serves 6)

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons Choclatique Black Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 large egg yolks
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate
1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie shell, baked (store bought)
20 large, puffy, store-bought marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar, flour and cocoa powders in a deep saucepan.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with milk. Slowly add the liquids to the sugar-cocoa powder mixture.
  3. Cook on medium heat, being care not to scorch the bottom stirring with a wooden spoon. Continue to cook until the mixture has thickened; about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the butter and chocolate until fully melted. It will look like a rich chocolate pudding.
  5. Top the filled pie with a single layer of marshmallows.
  6. Chill the prepared pie in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  7. Pour the warm filling into the baked pie crust.
  8. Preheat an oven to 325º F.
  9. Bake until the marshmallows are a toasty brown; about 10 minutes.
  10. Serve warm while the marshmallow topping is still warm and sticky.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate & Worm Dirt Cups

April 24th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Worms in dirt may not sound appetizing, but kids will love it. Start by making a delicious homemade pudding that you will chill and later decorate with crushed cookies and gummy worms. I even like to add a sour gummy worm or two. Not that you ever have a problem with getting kids to eat a chocolate dessert, the dirt and creepy-crawly treats will have them ask for more. It’s all about chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. How can you go wrong?

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 Hours 30 minutes
Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
6 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 cups chocolate milk
12 ounces Choclatique Heirloom Milk Chocolate Pastilles
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup crushed chocolate cookies
12 to 16 gummy worms

Directions:

  1. Thoroughly wash 6 to 8 new terra cotta garden pots and line with clear, clean plastic inserts (available at your local nursery).
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder, sugar and salt and set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl combine the cornstarch and heavy cream.
  4. In a double boiler over simmering water, heat the chocolate milk until steaming.
  5. Remove from heat, pour half of the chocolate milk into the heavy cream mixture, while whisking.
  6. Add the cocoa mixture to the liquid and stir. Return the combined mixture to double boiler. Cook, stirring for approximately 5 minutes or until the pudding has thickened. I will leave tracks on the back of the spoon when you draw your finger across it.
  7. Remove from heat. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth.
  8. Divide evenly among the bowls and cover with plastic wrap pressed to the surface, to avoid a pudding skin from forming, chill for at least 2 hours or until you are ready to serve.
  9. When ready to serve apply an even layer of crushed chocolate cookies on top of the pudding.
  10. Top off with gummy worms for decoration.

ChefSecret: To give a more 3-dimensional look, stick a paper or plastic flower on the pot.

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

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

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

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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