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The ChocolateDoctor’s California’s Best Chocolate Cake With Perfect Chocolate-Orange Buttercream Frosting

Friday, July 24th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

This is the best chocolate cake recipe that we’ve ever made. If you were a fan of one of my restaurants, The Custom House, The Palm Grill, Assay Office, Fanny Fish Market or China Rose, chances are you may have already enjoyed it. We use the base recipe as a 4-Layer Layer Chocolate Cake or as the cake ingredient in our Hot Fudge Nut Trifle or Chocolate-Nut Sludge. It’s easy to make, bake, frost and decorate. Also, it’s perfect for those summer picnics.

Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:
For the cake:

2 cups granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Choclatique Onyx Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs (beaten)
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot coffee; freshly brewed

For the frosting:
1 stick butter, unsalted
2/3 cup Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder, sifted
3 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/3 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon orange extract

Directions:
For the cake:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut two parchment round baking sheets and fit into the bottom of your two 9-inch round baking pans. Spray with non stick cooking spray.
  3. Sift the first 6 dry ingredients and whisk in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the hot coffee and mix well with a spoon (batter will be thin).
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool 10 minutes and then remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Melt the butter and stir in the cocoa.
  2. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to a good spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed.
  3. Stir in vanilla and orange extract.
  4. Spread a layer of frosting on the top of a cake layer. Top with the second cake layer and frost the cake completely with an artistic flourishes.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s S’mores Honey-Chocolate Pudding Tarts or Pie

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I’m kind of a S’mores expert. No, I was never a Girl Scout, but I dated someone who was; not recently–in middle school. I love all of the textural differences that I can feel and taste in a good S’mores. We introduced two versions of S’mores into our truffle line a few year back—Dark and Milk chocolate. They were hits! We are always experimenting with new ways to ‘play’ with S’mores recipes.

Mary Jo (our senior chocolatier) surprised all of us with this recipe one afternoon for a birthday celebration. It has all the goodness of the old fashioned campfire version, but kind of all gussied up. It starts with a great graham cracker crust and a luscious homemade honey-chocolate pudding filling (none of the packaged stuff please). The only thing remaining is to top it all off with mini marshmallows and quickly broil to brown the tops. It’s is an impressive show-stopping dessert. Serve it while the marshmallows are still warm, soft and gooey.

Ingredients:
For the graham cracker crusts:

1-1/2 cups crushed graham crackers, about 10 crackers
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate pudding:
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon strong, cold coffee
1/2 cup raw, unfiltered honey
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup Choclatique Black Onyx Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%), finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups of mini marshmallows

Directions:
To make the tart shells:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Break up the graham crackers and drop into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process the crackers until ground.
  3. Drizzle in the melted butter, granulated sugar and extracts, pulsing until the mixture looks like wet sand.
  4. Transfer the graham crackers to 4 4-to 5-inch-tart pans (or one pie pan) and press to form a crust all the way to the top ridge of the pan. The crust should be an even thickness around each tart pan.
  5. Bake until crisp and the crust is just beginning to brown, about 7 to 10 minutes. Cool the crusts completely before filling.

To make the pudding:

  1. In a medium saucepan add the milk, cream, cold coffee and honey and whisk in the cornstarch, followed by the cocoa powder and salt until it is well incorporated. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking until the pudding thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the semisweet chocolate and vanilla extract.
  2. Pour into the cooled tart shells and chill. Cover pudding surfaces with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Chill at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours to allow the pudding to set.
  3. Just before serving, preheat your broiler. Top the pudding tarts with the marshmallows, covering the entire tart surfaces. Broil the marshmallows 4 inches under the broiler until the tops are golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Watch them closely because they burn quickly! Serve immediately.

ChefSecret: Personally I like to use a kitchen torch to brown the marshmallows because I can control the browning process without getting the whole pudding part of the pie too hot. You can purchase an inexpensive kitchen torch at Target, most kitchen outlets and online. You’ll find it has a lot of other convenient uses around the kitchen as well.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Friday, July 10th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I’ve always believed that any cookies made with oatmeal are that much healthier for you. No matter how much butter or sugar, it’s got to be better because oats are a super food. Now add some chocolate to the mix and you have a double whammy. My Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies deliver a double dose of chocolate and the heartiness from oats for a new family favorite with super food ingredients.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 35 minutes
Yield: 40 Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup peanut butter (optional)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup oat bran
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups instant oats (or 1-1/2 cups of oats and 1-1/2 cup of Bundle of Almond and Oats cereal)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoon baking spice (Penzeys)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Choclatique Mini Dark Chocolate Chips, or more to taste (use can also use a cut of Choclatique Dark Chocolate Curls)

Directions:

  1. Cream the butter, brown and granulated sugars together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the oat bran and continue to cream the mixture.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time until each is well incorporated.
  4. Add the vanilla and almond extracts into butter and mix well.
  5. Whisk the oats, flour, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl; slowly stir into butter mixture until dough is just mixed. Do not over mix.
  6. Lightly fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Chill the dough for 20 minutes before scooping.
  8. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  9. Scoop dough using a small scooper onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  10. Bake until edges of cookies are lightly browned, about 13 to 15 minutes.
  11. Cool on a rack.

ChefSecret: For a lighter texture I like to use a blend of instant oats and cold cereal. I also like to add about half cup of chopped pecans or almonds.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Summer = Ice Cream

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

It’s summertime and this is a question that is often asked this time of year: “How do I get a deep, dark, rich chocolate ice cream when the main ingredient is milk and cream?” Obviously, the milk and cream lighten the mix so that it looks like a light milk chocolate ice cream. So here is the ChefSecret—ultra alkalized cocoa powder is what the professionals use. For my Dark Chocolate Ice Cream I use Choclatique Black Onyx and my Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache (see recipe below).

“Ganache” is not a scary concept, although the word may not be immediately familiar to the American reader. It’s a blend of chocolate, creams and syrups that results in a velvety, ultra-smooth paste. In the case of my Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Ganache the dark chocolate is blended with light corn syrup or honey, cocoa powder and chocolate extract and whipped until smooth. With no sacrifice of taste or texture, this dark chocolate ganache is the perfect building block for those who love really great dark chocolate ice cream.

Here are the recipes that will give you outrageous dark chocolate ice cream that everyone will be talking about for years to come. You can find these recipes in my book Choclatique 150 Simply Elegant Desserts available on our website, Amazon and in bookstores nationwide. If you don’t see, ask for it!

Okay, fasten your seat belts, here we go. It’s best to read each recipe completely before starting and to measure all of your ingredients ahead of time. Please remember, it takes a little time to produce excellence.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

This wonderful, dark ganache enriches any recipe with true dark chocolate, European flavor. It’s the chocolate ganache “workhorse” at Choclatique. I love the intensity of the rich, deep chocolate flavor. It is perfect in Chocolate Cheesecakes, Devil’s Food Cake and Deep Chocolate Ice Cream. On its own it’s dairy- and gluten-free, and while it is not as sweet as other ganaches, it possesses all the benefits and “flavor thrills” that appeal to lovers of intense chocolate.

Yield: About 2 pounds of ganache
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time: 3 to 4 hours

Special Toolbox:
A large, heavy saucepan (3 quarts or larger)
A plastic sealable storage container

Ingredients:
1-1/4 cups water
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder (Choclatique Black Onyx)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (at least 64 percent like Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate)
1-1/4 teaspoons chocolate extract (see ChefSecret)

Directions:

  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, bring the water, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Whisk until blended. Remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Immediately add the chocolate and chocolate extract to the pan and whisk until smooth. Set aside for about 1 hour to cool completely, whisking every 15 minutes or so to keep the ganache emulsified.
  3. When cool, transfer the ganache to a rigid plastic or glass container, cover, date, and refrigerate for up to three months.

ChefSecret: Chocolate extract is sold in most supermarkets and confectionery shops. I like to use Star Kay White’s Chocolate Extract.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream

Rich, deep, and dark… Ben & Jerry and Messrs. Baskin and Robbins would be proud to make this chocolate ganache ice cream. It is made with eight all-natural ingredients—everything you might commonly find in your kitchen pantry, including dark chocolate. We add the Dark Chocolate Ganache to enrich the ice cream with chocolate flavor and creaminess you can feel on the tongue. As you will gleefully discover, it is like no other chocolate ice cream you have ever tasted!

This ice cream is used as a base for other ice creams or served just as it is. See variations in Choclatique (the cook book).

Yield: Makes 2 quarts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Freezing Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Special Toolbox:
A wooden spoon
A fine-mesh sieve (strainer)
An electric ice cream maker

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsweetened ultra Dutch-processed cocoa powder (like Choclatique Black Onyx)
1 cup Dark Chocolate Ganache (recipe above)
2-1/2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the cream and cocoa powder over medium heat, whisking to ensure the cocoa is fully absorbed. When the cream bubbles around the edges, remove the pan from the heat and add the Dark Chocolate Ganache. Wait for 30 seconds and then stir until smooth and blended. Add 1 cup of the milk and stir to combine.
  2. Return the saucepan to the stove and stir in the remaining 1-1/2 cups milk, the sugar and salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, keeping the milk at a simmer; do not let it boil over the sides of the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly drizzle about 1/4 cup of the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to temper the eggs until combined.
  4. Pour the rest of the egg yolks into the saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent the eggs from cooking. Cook until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and your finger leaves a trace in the custard when run along the back of the spoon.
  5. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
  6. Cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the custard for at least 4 hours. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours to harden. Remove the ice cream from the freezer 10 to 15 minutes before serving to let soften.
  8. I hope you enjoy the rich, chocolaty goodness of this ice cream and let me know how it turns out… The ChocolateDoctor.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Yummy Guinness Stout Brownies

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

This is the first of my new series of blogs and chocolate recipes. I took a few months off to lose a little weight and recharge my creative batteries. If you’ve been one of our regulars, thanks for coming back. If you’re a newbie, welcome!

Last Friday I went to O’Brien’s in Santa Monica, my favorite Irish pub, where they were sampling the new Guinness Blonde American Lager. For me it was a complete disconnect as I love my beers dark and chewy. Joan, on the other hand, thought it was one of the best lagers she tasted.

On the way home I stopped and picked up a 6-pack of Guinness Stout (the original). I cook and bake with Guinness a lot. If you never had my Guinness Fire-House Chili you’ve never really had great chili (said with a fairly modest smile on my face). The secret ingredients to the chili are Guinness Stout, of course, and 2 tablespoons of Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder. But enough about chili; more to the point is dessert, Guinness and chocolate.

Below is one of the richest (and best) recipes for brownies made with Guinness Stout. The stout flavor really shines through when combined with Choclatique chocolate and cocoa powder. It’s kind of like a marriage made in heaven or in this case our Chocolate Studio (which is heaven on earth). I asked our lead chocolatier, Mary Jo, to make this recipe and prove it out. It was fun, simple to make and was gone in 60 seconds (just like the movie).

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Yields: 9 to 12 servings (they are very rich)

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate
8 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup Guinness Stout (drink what’s left while the brownies are baking)
1 cup Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat an oven to 325°F.
  2. Spray and cocoa-flour a 9 x 9-inch glass baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, salt and cocoa powder.
  4. Melt the Choclatique Private Reserve Chocolate in a bowl in the microwave, or over boiling water.
  5. In a small pan, over medium heat, melt the butter until just golden brown. Pour the brown butter into small bowl. Scrape the pan to get the brown bits (that’s where the rich buttery flavor is).
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sugars until thick and shiny, about 2 to 3 minutes. Continue beating on low while alternately adding the sifted flour mixture and wet ingredients (butter, beer and melted chocolate), finishing with vanilla and almond extracts. Do not over mix.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into the prepared 9 x 9-inch pan Bake 45-50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out mostly clean.

ChefSecrets: There are 2 secrets; 1) Give the full amount of time to beating the eggs and sugars together. That’s what gives the brownie the lift as there is not leavening in the recipe. 2) To avoid white streaks use cocoa powder to flour the pan instead of all-purpose flour.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Brownie Biscotti

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

Here is a fun recipe when you can’t make up your mind if you want a rich fudgy brownie or a crisp, Italian-style cookie. In this recipe you get the best of both—the luscious chocolate taste of a homemade brownie combined with the delightful crunch of biscotti. These are the perfect café cookie, made for dunking in coffee or hot chocolate.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Second Bake Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 24 pieces

Ingredients:
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder or Rouge Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup lightly roasted pecans, chopped

1 large egg yolk, beaten
1 tablespoon cold water

Directions:>/b>

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  6. Using an electric mixer blend the creamed mixture on low until well blended.
  7. The dough will be stiff and sticky.
  8. Using a large spoon stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  9. Divide the dough into two equal parts and place on prepared baking sheet.
  10. Shape each into 9 x 2 x 1-inch logs 4 inches apart.
  11. Beat the egg yolk and water together ad brush the loaves lightly with the mixture.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until firm.
  13. Remove the loaves from the pan and cool for 30 minutes.
  14. Using a serrated knife, slice the loaves diagonally into 1-inch slices.
  15. Return the slices to the baking sheet, placing them on their sides.
  16. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for 10 minutes on each side or until dry. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s The Supremes (Chocolate-Raspberry Bars)

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Raspberries combined with our chocolate is one of my favorite, all-time Choclatique flavor thrills. Marry this with a little cream cheese on a crispy, buttery base and you will wind up singing like The Supremes. Okay, that may be a little exaggeration, but you definitely will love the thin layer of tart raspberry jam and the powered sugar crust. The melted chocolate finish is the perfect topping. This is the perfect end-of-meal treat for all occasions—breakfast, lunch and dinner—well at least lunch and dinner.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 to 17 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, sifted
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 cup Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate Chips
2 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve (64%) Chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions:
For the base:

    1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the sifted flour, cocoa powder and powered sugar.
    3. Cut in the butter with a fork and mix well. Press mixture into a 9 inch square baking pan.
    4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until lightly brown.

For the filling:

    1. Spread jam evenly over baked crust.
    2. In a small bowl beat the cream cheese and milk until smooth.
    3. Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave and add to mixture. Beat together until smooth.
    4. Drop the cream cheese mixture by tablespoons evenly over the jam. Using metal off-set specula, evenly spread mixture over base.
    5. Refrigerate for at least two hours before glazing and serving.

For the Glaze Topping:

    1. Melt the dark chocolate with butter over low heat (or in a microwave oven), stirring constantly.
    2. Spread over the white chocolate-cream cheese bar layer.
    3. Cool completely. Cut into 12 bars and store in the refrigerator.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Home-Made Chocolate Almond Toffee (Almond Roca-Style Candy)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Harry Brown and J. C. Haley invented Almond Roca in 1912. It is that famous log-shaped, butter-almond toffee confection, individually wrapped in gold foil and packaged in a pink tin can. There is nothing better than receiving one the original tins for a holiday unless it’s a batch of homemade almond toffee made in your own kitchen. Giving the gifts that you make yourself are gifts from the heart.

You won’t need any special equipment when making homemade almond toffee—not even a candy thermometer. You will need to stir the toffee constantly and watch the color as you bring it to a medium mahogany color.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 4 to 6 hours
Yield: about 2 pounds

Ingredients:
2 cups unsalted butter (for this recipe I used Plugrá butter)
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup whole roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of pure almond extract
1 1/2 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate Pastilles, or
Choclatique Heirloom Milk Chocolate Pastilles
1/2 cup almonds, ground for almonds for coating the logs
Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inches jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed 2-quart (or larger) saucepan, combine the butter sugar and water over high heat, stirring constantly, until they combine completely.
  3. Continue cooking over high heat while stirring. (if using a thermometer 300º F)
  4. Add coarsely chopped almonds until just mixed.
  5. Add the vanilla and almond extracts by pouring down the side of the pan to prevent the toffee from crystallizing.
  6. Quickly and carefully pour the hot toffee and almond mixture onto the prepared jelly roll pan. Tilt to spread evenly. Use a pot holder as the pan can get very hot.
  7. After 5 minutes, distribute the chocolate pastilles over the toffee mixture. When they have begun to melt, spread them over the top of the hot toffee with a silicone spatula.
  8. Sprinkle the ground nuts evenly over the top.
  9. Cool the toffee for at least 4 hours, and up to 8 hours, at room temperature until hardened completely. The almond toffee is thoroughly cool when the chocolate is slightly dull looking.
  10. Break into pieces and the almond toffee is ready to eat.

ChefSecret: I recommend using Plugrá Butter for the taste. It’s made with a higher butterfat content than most American butters (82% vs. 80%). That may not sound like much, but it makes a big difference in the final taste of the toffee.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Salted Chocolate Batter Cookies

Friday, 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

Friday, 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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