Posts Tagged ‘Dessert’

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The ChocolateDoctor’s Christmas Cookie Recipes

There is nothing better than a gingerbread cookies this time of year unless you add a little chocolate to make it taste even better.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 ounces Choclatique Midnight Unsweetened Chocolate
1/2 cup molasses
2-1/ cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoons table salt
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup frosting or confectioner’s sugar


In the top of a double-boiler over hot but not boiling water, combine the shortening, chocolate and molasses. Heat, stirring until blended, then allow to cool. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, ground ginger and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture. Add the milk and mix well. Chill until firm. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick on a floured board and cut into the shape of gingerbread men (or any desired shape). Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350° for 6 minutes, until browned. Decorate with frosting, royal icing or confectioners’ sugar.

Ed’s Note: Every year at holiday time we get hundreds of recipes using our Choclatique Chocolate. They get saved on the computer for just this time of year. This recipe is courtesy of Janet Plu, Road Island, New York.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Choclatique Chocolate Pâté

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

Chocolate Pâté was one of our favorite dark chocolate desserts from The West-End Bistro our restaurant in West Los Angeles, California. It is a show stopper, but still very easy to make. The hardest part of making this recipe is waiting for the pâté to chill when you want to eat it NOW.

You can use either Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%) or for a more intense, bitter-sweet chocolate flavor use Choclatique Ebony Dark Chocolate (72%). I always like to drizzle a little Crème Anglaise or chocolate ganache on the serving dish before plating. This is a very rich, intense chocolate dessert that will give even the most hard-core chocoholics a run for their money.

Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours (or, better yet overnight)
Yield: 8 to 12 servings

Ingredients:
16 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
7 large egg yolks, room temperature
1/4 cup cognac or brandy
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:

  1. Prepare a 4-1/2 x 8-1/2 loaf pan by buttering the bottom and sides and lining with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate in a glass bowl over simmering water. Remove from heat when melted.
  3. Beat the egg yolks until thickened, light yellow and creamy.
  4. Meanwhile, combine sugar and water and boil to 240 degrees Use a quick read or candy thermometer.
  5. While continuing to beat egg yolks at medium speed, slowly pour the hot syrup over yolks and continue to mix until cool.
  6. Add cognac or brandy. Mix.
  7. Whip cream until stiff. Fold cream into egg mixture.
  8. Add chocolate and fold thoroughly.
  9. Spoon in the prepared loaf pan.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or overnight.
  11. When ready to serve place pan in hot water for about 30 seconds to release the sides of the pâté from the pan.
  12. Carefully invert the pan on a platter and using a warm carving knife slice pâté portions and place onto serving plates which have a pool of cream anglaise.
  13. At the restaurant, the pâté was displayed with a sheet of gold leaf artfully placed on the top, but you can decorate with fresh fruit, toasted hazelnuts or butter-sautéed blanched almonds or simply enjoy it just the way it is.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Thanksgiving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

pumpkin-chocolate-chip1 Okay, I made my delicious White Chocolate Ganache Pumpkin Cheesecake last week which only requires about a cup of pumpkin puree and I had the rest taking up space in my holiday-stuffed refrigerator. Never being one to waste food I decided to bake something else with the puree. There wasn’t enough to make a pumpkin pie so I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies instead. These cookies are light on the pumpkin flavor, but rich in holiday spices.You can make the recipe as is or you can substitute the individual spices for 2-1/2 to 3 tablespoons of a pre-blended pumpkin pie spice. I find that Penzeys Spices are about the freshest and fullest in flavor. They have several regional stores or you can buy their Pumpkin Pie Spice online.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 15 to 20 minutes
Yield: 50 cookies

Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1-1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups Choclatique Milk Chocolate Chips (I added an extra half cup of chips this time)
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper of Silpat silicon baking sheets (available online or in kitchen gadget shops).
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Cream the sugars with the butter until the mixture is light and fluffy; about 5 minutes.
  4. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time.
  5. Mix in the vanilla extract and pumpkin puree.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and all the spices.
  7. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds.
  8. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 15 minutes.
  10. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons (or a #30 scoop) onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  11. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the pans about half way through until the cookies are just browning around the edges.
  12. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Transfer the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

ChefSecret: If you’re an avid cookie baker like me, one of the best investments you can make is in a #30 scoop which is equivalent to a heaping table spoon. It will provide consistent portioning making depositing the perfect cookie so much easier. These are easily found online or at restaurant supply or kitchen stores.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

I used to love to eat Mrs. Fields’ White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut cookies fresh out of the oven. I loved the combination of the crunch of the toasted nuts and the creaminess of the warm white chocolate. The first time I made this cheesecake I used left over (slightly stale) cookies. Now that’s rare to every have leftover cookies in my house. But I digress… I thought these cookies would be great base for my White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake. And it is, but just in case you don’t have a Mrs; Fields’ nearby you can substitute it with the base crust below. And of course, as you will find out, everything goes just a little better with Choclatique White Chocolate.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 55 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours or overnight
Yield: 16 Servings

Ingredients:
For the Crust:

1 cup pecans, toasted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
8 ounces Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate (33%)
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature and softened
1/2 cup + tablespoons granulated sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
1/4 cup unflavored Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups fresh raspberries

For the garnish:
1 pint fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis

Directions:
For the Crust:

  1. Finely grind the toasted and cooled pecans and cracker crumbs in a food processor and add the butter, blending until combined.
  2. Press over bottom and up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan which has been wrapped with aluminum foil.

For the Filling:

  • Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  • Melt white chocolate in or glass bowl in a microwave oven in 15 to 20 seconds intervals stirring until smooth.
  • Using the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy.
  • Add and beat in the sugar.
  • Add the whole eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well at low speed and scraping down bowl after each addition.
  • Beat in the Greek yogurt, corn starch and vanilla extract until just combined (do not over mix).
  • Then drizzle in the melted chocolate in a slow stream, beating until filling is well combined.
  • Arrange the raspberries in a single layer over crust and pour filling into crust.
  • Place the springform pan in the middle a roasting pan and add boiling water so that it comes up one third of the way on the springform pan.
  • Bake in middle of oven until cake is set 3 inches from edge but center is still wobbly when pan is gently shaken, about 55 minutes.
  • Cool cheesecake completely in pan on a rack. The cake will continue to set as it cools.
  • Run a thin knife around edge of cake to loosen, refrigerate for about 4 hours (or overnight).
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries, raspberry coulis and whipped cream (and a mint leaf only if you must).

 

ChefSecret: I use a paddle attachment to my stand mixer to prevent a lot of air bubbles developing in the batter.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Blackberry-Chocolate Chip Upside-Down Cake

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

I call this recipe my end-of-summer-dessert cake. That’s when the berries are coming close to the end of the season and I don’t want to miss out on the remaining seasonal flavors. You can use any berry or stone fruit (stone fruit is any plum, peach or nectarine) for this recipe in place of the blackberries. The Choclatique Chocolate Chips add a special chocolaty sweet accent. This is an easy and luscious cake to bake. You should already have all of the ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry. This is a great cake to bake for summer dinners, parties and picnics.

Now, because berries are a lot more fragile than pineapple rings you have to treat the berries with lots of tender-lovin’ care. Because of the procedure is a little bit different than a traditional pineapple upside down cake. Please read the directions carefully before you get started.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 30 to 35 minutes
Cool time: 30 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
For the topping:

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1-1/2 cups fresh blackberries (or any other fresh berries or cherries)

For the cake:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup Choclatique Semisweet Chocolate Mini Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter a 9-inch cake pan.
  3. In a small sauce pan, melt 1/3 cup of butter. When the butter has melted, add the brown sugar and stir vigorously until the mixture is completely incorporated.
  4. Pour the butter sugar mixture into the prepared cake pan. Place the berries around the edge of the pan, scatter the rest in the middle and set aside.
  5. Beat 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy about 4 minutes.
  6. Beat in the eggs.
  7. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Alternately stir flour and milk into butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  8. Mix vanilla and almond extracts into the batter.
  9. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  10. Pour batter over blackberry mixture in the 9-inch cake pan.
  11. Bake cake in the preheated oven until cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool the cake pan on a rack.
  12. Let the cake cool in the pan.
  13. While still warm (not completely cooled), about 30 minutes. Run a knife along the inside edge of the pan to separate cake from the sides.
  14. Place a cake plate over the top of the pan, and carefully flip the pan. Lift the pan slowly to release the cake from the pan.

ChefSecret: When getting ready to remove from the pan, use a cake plate that is wider than the cake. Some of the berries and berry juice run down the sides, but it is okay and adds to the look of the cake when done. I like to top this cake with a little fresh whipped cream or a scoop of French vanilla ice cream or vanilla frozen yogurt.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Chunk Dried-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

During the golden age of great education in Los Angeles every school cafeteria had a real baker. They cooked with ingredients that were surplus from the Federal government—peanuts, butter, flour and sugar. They would bake up some of the best desserts you could imagine. They were fresh for the morning break and hot right out of the oven.

They made giant cinnamon-sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, giant chocolate chip cookies and giant oatmeal cookies all selling for about 25¢ every day. You could smell the cookies baking all the way over in the gym. Miss Birdie was one of the best of the best bakers making giant oatmeal chocolate cookies with milk chocolate chunks and dried cherries, cranberries or raisins. I still make these easy to bake cookies the same way today. They are as much of a hit today as when I first tasted them years ago.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 11 to 13 minutes
Ready In: 35 minutes
Yield: 48 cookies

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-1/3 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Choclatique Prestige Milk Chocolate Pastilles, chopped
1 cup dried cherries or cranberries, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Cream the brown sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time beating until smooth.
  4. Add the vanilla extract until smooth.
  5. Mix the oats, flour, baking soda and salt into the creamed butter mixture until the dough is well-combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chunks and dried fruit.
  7. Scoop about 2 ounces of the batter per cookie and place on a baking sheet 2 inches apart, partially flattening the dough with the back of the cup.
  8. Bake until the cookies are golden brown, about 11 to 13 minutes.
  9. Cool the cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

ChefSecret: Unless otherwise instructed always bake cookies on a parchment baking paper or Silpat lined baking sheet.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Ultra-Dark, Midnight Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake

Friday, September 30th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Ultra-Dark, Midnight Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake is a triple hit of dark chocolate—chocolate crust, chocolate cheesecake and chocolate ganache. Whenever the dark chocolate urge hits you can be set to go with this fabulous recipe. This is a less sweet, and darker version than the one in the Choclatique cook book. It is still very rich and sinfully delicious. It goes well served with an aged cabernet or a vintage port.

I like to garnish it with a dollop of Crème Fraîche and Choclatique chocolate curls (more chocolate you know), but you can create your own fresh seasonal topping with a compote of fresh berries—I think raspberries are the very best with chocolate.

Prep time: 40 minutes (includes, crust, cake and ganache)
Bake time: Crust 6 to 8 minutes; Cheesecake 1 hour 15 minute
Chill time: Cake 8 hours (overnight); Ganache Topping 2 hours
Yield: 12 to 14 servings

Ingredients:
For the crust:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter (for the pan)
30 chocolate wafer cookies (Nabisco)
4 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Choclatique Onyx Cocoa Powder, sifted
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure almond extract

For the filling:
10-ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped
32-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup Choclatique Onyx Cocoa Powder, sifted
4 large eggs, room temperature

For the ganache topping:
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 cup crème fraîche (recipe below)
3 tablespoons Choclatique Dark Chocolate Curls

Directions:
For the Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter a 9-inch-diameter springform pan.
  3. Wrap the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil to water proof the pan.
  4. Pulse the cookies, 4 tablespoons of sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor until finely ground.
  5. Add the melted butter and the almond extract; process until well blended.
  6. Dip the bottom of a glass in water and press down to form the bottom crust by press the crumbs evenly onto bottom of the prepared springform pan. Do not run the crust up the sides of the pan.
  7. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  8. Lower the oven temperature to 325°F if you are using a dark or anodized pan.

For the filling:

  1. Using a microwave oven melt the chocolate at 50% power in 15 second increments until completed melted and the chocolate has a smooth glossy finish. Set aside to cool.
  2. Pulse the cream cheese, 1-1/3 cups sugar and cocoa powder in processor until smooth.
  3. Blend in eggs one at a time.
  4. Blend in the lukewarm chocolate.
  5. Pour filling over crust; smooth top.
  6. Allow the pan to sit on a counter for 20 minutes to eliminate any air bubbles.
  7. Place the springform pan in the center of a larger pan and fill half way up with hot water creating a water bath.
  8. Bake the cheesecake for about 1 hour 15 minutes until center is just set turn off the heat and let the cake sit in the oven with the door open for another 15 minutes to prevent the cake from falling and cracking.
  9. Cool the cheese cake for 5 minutes. Run a knife around sides of cake to loosen. Do not pop the springform pan.
  10. Chill 8 hours or best overnight.

For the ganache topping:

  1. Blend the heavy cream, 8 ounces chocolate and 3 tablespoons of sugar in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Pour the ganache over the center of the chilled cheesecake, spreading to the edge of the pan.
  3. Chill until topping is set, about 1 to 2 hours.
  4. When ready to serve, release the sides of the springform and carefully transfer the cheesecake to platter.
  5. For the best flavor, always allow a cheesecake to come room temperature before serving (about an hour or so).
  6. Portion and cut the cake slices and top with crème fraîche and sprinkle with chocolate curls.

ChefSecret: In a pinch you can use Chocolate Oreo Cookies for the crust by reducing the granulate sugar to 1 tablespoon and using only half the butter.

Homemade Crème Fraîche

Yield: Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients:
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Combine 1 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons buttermilk in a glass container.
  2. Cover and let stand at room temperature (about 72°F) 8 to 24 hours, or until very thick.
  3. Stir well before covering and refrigerate up to 10 days.

Special Note: Crème Fraîche is a great dessert topping for pies, puddings, cakes and this—Ultra-Dark, Midnight Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake.

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The Chocolate Doctor’s Chocolate Almond-Toffee Bars

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

We have somewhat of a war going on in our test kitchen. I love the flavor of almond extract; Joan, my partner doesn’t (which is very strange because she loves marzipan which is heavily almond flavored). She says she like it little, but no matter how little I put in she always says, “Can you cut the almond extract in it in half?” Almond extract adds a special something to any chocolate dessert and really enhances the buttery cake part of this recipe. The toffee morsels add a wonderful crunch to these bars which compliment both the cake and the chocolate. This recipe comes together in about 25 minutes. You can make it even more decadent by serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: About 15 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Yield: 12 to 16 bars

Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure almond extract (1 teaspoon if you are more like Joan)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour (or fine chopped almonds)
2 cups Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup butter-toffee morsels (store-bought is okay, but homemade is best—see my Grandma Fanny’s Butter-Toffee recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with heavy aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Cream the butter and two sugars in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. If you don’t have a stand mixer you can use a handheld electric mixer; it just takes a little longer.
  4. Add the egg, almond extract and salt; beat on medium-high speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Reducing the speed of you mixer to low gradually add the flour and beat until just combined, about 1 minute.
  6. Using a spatula scrape out the batter into the prepared pan. Smooth it out forming an even, flat layer.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and evenly distribute the chocolate chips over the surface of the just baked, hot crust allowing them to sit for about 5 minutes to melt.
  9. Using an off-set spatula spread the melted chocolate evenly over the top. You can speed up the melting process up by placing the pan back into the oven for about 2 minutes if necessary.
  10. Immediately top the chocolate with toffee morsels and place pan on a wire rack to cool.
  11. Allow the bars to cool until chocolate has set before slicing and serving.
  12. Bars will keep airtight at room temp for up to 3 days. You can freeze them, well wrapped, for up to 3 months.

Grandma Fanny’s Butter Toffee Morsels

My Grandmother Fanny was a wonderful cook, baker, and candy maker who made the most delicious butter toffee crunch for the holidays. Nobody could do it better. It seemed as if she could squeeze five pounds of butter into a one-pound slab of “crunch.” The way the candy crunched between your teeth and melted in your mouth was a thing of beauty. The candy is great by itself, but even better with a spread of Dark Chocolate Ganache and topped with toasted, crushed almonds.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 20 minutes
Yield: 20 ounces+

Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon water (see ChefSecret)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter, sugars, cinnamon water and salt over medium-high heat until it boils. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until a candy thermometer registers 305°F.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Carefully stir in the vanilla and baking soda; the mixture may expand.
  4. Pour the mixture on a baking sheet and spread into a thin layer with an offset metal spatula.
  5. While the toffee is still warm, cut into 1-inch squares and set aside to cool.
  6. When the toffee cools to room temperature, break apart into squares.
  7. Store the brittle in a rigid plastic container with a tight-fitting lid for up to 1 month.

ChefsSecret: There are a few secrets that bakers and candy makers have that add a special “flavor thrill” to what would already be a great confection. Cinnamon water is one of those secrets. It can be used in place of plain water in most chocolate confections and baked goods. The best part is it only takes about 5 minutes to make. Here’s how:

  1. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water and 1 cinnamon stick to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain the cinnamon water through a fine-mesh sieve. Store the cinnamon water in a rigid plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. The cinnamon water will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

 

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Kladdkaka (Sticky Swedish Chocolate Cake)

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

I first tasted this cake when we opened our sister company office in Stockholm. Kladdkaka is one of the most popular chocolate cakes in Sweden. It is easy to make and deliciously gooey with a distinctive sticky texture. The secret for getting this unique stickiness is the short baking time. You may be tempted to bake it longer, but DON’T. The texture is something between a pudding cake and a brownie with a gooey center and a crackly crust.

Kladdkaka is made with Choclatique cocoa powder—no chocolate is used in the making of this cake. Of course if it’s not rich enough for you can always add a little chocolate. I use 1/4 cup of Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips).

I should also tell you that the recipe below is a base recipe and you can add spice (cinnamon, allspice, and/or 2 tablespoon of aquavit, whisky, Scotch, Guinness) and others goodies to your personal taste. Don’t be timid, experiment. You never know what great recipe you can come up with.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 18 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups plain all-purpose flour
4 level tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1-1/4 firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon finely ground cardamom
6 ounces unsalted butter
3 large eggs, room temperature

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Line an 8-inch springform pan on the base and sides with parchment paper.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk them together with the brown sugar, baking powder and cardamom (and other spices if using).
  5. Beat the melted butter and eggs together.
  6. Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the butter mixture in two steps making sure to get all the flour at the bottom of the bowl.
  7. Spoon into the prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes.
  8. The top will be set but the center still be a bit wobbly.
  9. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 30 minutes and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  10. Remove from the pan, cut into wedges and serve topped with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.

ChefSecret: Cardamom is a common ingredient often used in baking in the Nordic countries, like in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, where it is used in traditional Scandinavian bread. Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous hop-like fragrance.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Triple-Layer Salted, Crispy Chocolate-Caramel Toffee Bars

Friday, August 19th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

This is one of the easiest bar recipes you will ever make. Crispy texture, creamy caramel and yummy chocolate—nothing could be better. The recipe calls for butter crackers, but you can easily substitute saltine crackers, wafer-cream cookies, or even Oreos with or without the filling. The salt sprinkle on the top layer of chocolate takes the edge off of what might otherwise be a little too sweet.

Prep time: 25 minutes
Total time: roughly about 1hour, 25 minutes
Yield: 48 servings

Ingredients:
90 buttery rectangular crackers (Town House, light & Buttery Original Crackers, 13.8 oz. by Keebler)
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups (12 ounces) Choclatique Milk Chocolate Chips
1/4 tablespoon course sea salt

Directions:

  1. Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with aluminum foil leaving small overhang. Spray the foil with pan release.
  2. Place 30 crackers on bottom of pan.
  3. In a 2-quart saucepan, mix the condensed milk, sugar, butter, salt and milk. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted, stirring frequently.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high; bring to a slow boil cooking for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Working quickly while the caramel is hot, pour one-third of the caramel mixture over the crackers in pan. Arrange the next 30 crackers over caramel. Top with one-third of the remaining caramel mixture. Repeat with remaining crackers and caramel.
  7. In small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on high 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and very smooth. Pour over the top layer of caramel and spread the chocolate evenly with an offset spatula.
  8. Lightly sprinkle the chocolate topping with the course salt.
  9. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until set.
  10. Using the foil end lift out of the pan; trim the edges and cut into 6 by 8 rows. Store covered for up to 4 days, if it lasts that long.

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