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The ChocolateDoctor’s Completely Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Friday, December 27th, 2013
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

If you looking for an after-holiday break from all the high-carbs and overly sweet cookies try my Completely Flourless Chocolate Cookies which are low-carb, gluten-free and, well… completely flourless. Choclatique Unsweetened Cocoa Powder is the perfect replacement for the flour and who can go wrong with that much cocoa?

You will need to use Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder for best results. It is a Dutch-processed cocoa powder that reduces some of the natural acids in cocoa. If you are not fearful of chocolate overdose, you can also add some sugar-free chocolate chunks to the cookies—I suggest Choclatique Sweet Deceit Dark Chocolate Pastilles, roughly chopped. A quarter cup is plenty.

This recipe is so simple, so… ready, set, prep and bake!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 Cookies

Ingredients:
2 large eggs
3 1/2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 ounces Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 ounces Truvia, or similar granular sugar substitute
1/4 cup Choclatique Sweet Deceit Dark Chocolate Pastilles, roughly chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 375º F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs and mix with melted butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the cocoa powder with Truvia.
  5. Combine dry and wet ingredients and mix thoroughly together.
  6. Add the chopped chocolate if using.
  7. Scoop, form and flatten 8 large cookies with your hands and place in the baking sheet.
  8. Chill the cookies in a refrigerator for 20 minutes to set the butter.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Transfer the cookies to wire rack and let them cool completely before eating.

ChefSecret: Slightly wet your hands before flattening to prevent sticking.

Note: Carb count is 1.5g net carbs, calories 160, if you’re counting.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Sponge Cake
(This is a great cake for the Jewish holiday of Passover)

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Gluten-Free Chocolate Sponge CakeThis is a gluten-free cake that uses ground almonds or almond flour to replace the wheat flour usually found in sponge cakes of this kind. You can find almond flour in many supermarkets, Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. If you are preparing the almonds yourself using a food processor or blender, chop only a half cup at a time as electric food processors tend to separate too much of the oil from the nut meats. Do not pack the ground nut down when measuring.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 50-55 minutes
Cooling Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients:
Non-stick baking spray
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate Pastilles (64%)
10 large eggs, separated
7/8 cup granulated sugar
2 cups ground blanched almonds (skin off) or almond flour.

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
  2. Coat the inside of a 10-inch Bundt pan with baking spray and coat the bottom and sides with 3 tablespoons of sugar; set aside.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven or on the top of double boiler; set aside.
  4. Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in the sugar and blend well.
  5. Add the chocolate and almonds to the egg yolks.
  6. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into chocolate batter.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven, invert pan on a bottle (wine or ketchup bottle work well), and cool about 40 minutes before removing from pan.

ChefSecret: Finish it off and crown the top with your favorite cream cheese or butter cream frosting.

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The Appeal of ‘Healthier’ Sweets

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Chocolate KidYou don’t have to convince a kid to eat a piece of candy. But to help grown-ups justify indulging in a chocolate bar or a handful of jellybeans, candy companies are touting new health benefits of their products. Though health benefits are not the direct reason for consumers to grab up the sweet stuff, it is an added incentive.

At Choclatique, we know that consumers buy candy primarily for the taste, but it does factor in that consumers are more focused on their diets these days and are trying to eat more healthfully. We think it’s more than just an added benefit.

Dark Chocolate SquaresOne of the best-known healthful treats is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate makers were among the first to educate consumers on the ‘better for you’ positioning, especially promoting the antioxidant content. But more recently, candy companies offering assorted fruit flavors have been getting in on the health trend as well.

PomegranatesWe’ve known for a long time that consumers read labels and look for confections with no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors which are the basis for Choclatique products. They’re also interested in candy made without high-fructose corn syrup—using pure cane sugar instead. Now, we are finding many snack and candy companies are promoting products with additional antioxidants. Pomegranate and other fruits big on health benefits have become a popular addition to many candies. Some of the newest flavors of licorice include blueberry and pomegranate made from real juice. Chocolate manufacturers, while still marketing their dark chocolate for its health benefits, have also moved on to chocolate low in sugar or completely sugar-free and the blending of fruits high in antioxidants such as strawberry, orange, blueberry, cherry and pomegranate.

Pure Power BarsAt Choclatique, we make the Pure Power energy bar. Made with US-grown peanuts, peanut flour, cherries and blueberries, this healthy snack packs over 9 grams of pure protein and is high in antioxidants. Footed with a low sugar chocolate platform, all of the ingredients are commonly found in your own pantry. One great additional benefit is that Pure Power is also Gluten-free.

For some, price is a strong factor with consumers willing to choose a cheaper, less healthy product rather than pay a little more for something more healthful. But now, some health concerns are carrying over to the general public and consumers starting to understand that a piece of chocolate can be more than just a satiating snack. Market research shows that while healthier candies were once only reaching a niche audience… that audience is growing. There are groups, such as baby boomers and young families that are more inclined to look for health benefits than just price alone.

Elephant ChocolatesAt Choclatique, we feature Elephant Chocolate, Q-91 and Private Reserve Dark that are lower in sugar and higher in many of the healthful benefits than milk or white chocolate. We offer the appeal and benefits to a more health conscious consumer with functional chocolates while still maintaining tasteful indulgence.

If you have a passion or even an addiction to the brown stuff, let’s talk… you can look me up on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

Another Shameless Plug: I want to introduce you to my new book, Choclatique. It’s the perfect gift for brides, grooms, grandchildren’s birthday, anniversaries… actually Choclatique, both the book and the chocolate, are perfect for just about any occasion. Signed copies will be available after October 1st.

QR CodeChoclatique is the first interactive cookbook. It is sprinkled with ChefSecrets which are highlighted with a QR Code. When you scan the QR Code with your smartphone, it directs you to a video where I demonstrate the “secret” technique. You can also purchase a chocolate tasting kit to compliment the book. Pretty cool!

CHOCLATIQUE by Ed Engoron ––––––––––––––– Full-Color Throughout 256 pages • 8 x 10 $27.00 /$31.50 CAN /£14.99 UK ISBN 978-0-7624-3964-5 • hc Available on the Choclatique Website and Book Stores, September, 2011

CHOCLATIQUE by Ed Engoron
Full-Color Throughout 256 pages • 8 x 10 $27.00 /$31.50 CAN /£14.99 UK ISBN 978-0-7624-3964-5 • hc Available on the Choclatique Website and Book Stores, September, 2011

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Fine Chocolate and Fancy Food

Monday, January 25th, 2010

— Joan Vieweger, Co-Founder of Choclatique

Twice a year the artisans and merchants of “fancy” foods gather in New York and San Francisco for the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows, sponsored by the NASFT—National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. Some 45,000 buyers walk aisle after aisle after aisle perusing, sniffing, nibbling and evaluating a mind-boggling 250,000 products from all around the world, including gourmet chocolates, handmade chocolate, chocolate truffles and fine chocolate.

Fancy Food Show

Just prior to the start of the Fancy Food Show, our own talented group of artisans gathers for our semi-annual meeting of the FCIA—Fine Chocolate Industry Association. It’s a fun and fascinating group that includes professionals from all around the country involved in chocolate from blossom to bean to bonbon and bar: growers/producers, chocolatiers, chocolate makers, pastry chefs, chocolate manufacturers, marketers, writers, educators and specialty retailers.

Chicks CollectionThe winter confluence of these groups took place January 16th-19th in San Francisco, so I grabbed my umbrella, trench coat and Wellies (have you seen our California weather lately?) and hit the road (or the airport and train station anyway).

Our FCIA program this year included a new feature called the Gallery Showcase in which members were given a small presentation space to “showcase” some of their latest and greatest or soon-to-be-released products. This was the first time that our fun and flavorful new Easter Chicks made their public debut. Chicks officially “hatch” on March 1st; they make wonderful chocolate gifts. Chicks make an excellent companion chocolate to our 24-karat gold Spring assortments.

Sticky Almond ChickThe aww-factor was pretty high as my fellow association members considered the amount of painstaking detail involved in creating these hand-made chocolates. Each Chick is carefully hand-painted (eyes, beak, face/body, shell top and bottom), then cast in Private Reserve Premium Dark Chocolate (64% cacao), creamy Prestige Milk Chocolate (32%) or Snowy White Chocolate (33%), and filled with layers of flavors including Bumble Berry, Cherries Jubilee, Orange Orchard, Sticky Almond and Sweet Sesame Seed Crunch, among others.

The educational portion of the evening focused on an informative—and surprisingly entertaining—panel discussion focusing on the mystery, myths and facts around the health benefits of chocolate. An impressive panel of scientists and experts were assembled to explore the topic. They included: David Stuart, Director Natural Product Sciences for The Hershey Company; Catherine Kwik-Uribe, PhD Research Scientist for Mars; Joan Steuer, President of Chocolate Marketing and Founding Editor of Chocolatier (now Dessert Professional); and Clay Gordon, Founder of The Chocolate Life (online community).

The scientists presented data from research studies suggesting that chocolate does in fact yield beneficial effects from consumption including improvement in blood flow within 20 minutes of consumption and a reduction in blood pressure with daily consumption of small amounts (more studies are underway to further validate these findings). Clay discussed the benefits associated with cocoa and chocolate’s exceedingly high ORAC values (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity, one of the primary methods for measuring and comparing antioxidant properties in foods), and Joan Steuer reminded us all that even if chocolate is ultimately determined to be a “health food” by any scientific standard, we should all remember the primary reason to consume is for the pure pleasure of the chocolate-eating experience.

The following day I put on my walking shoes and traversed over 180,000 square feet of exhibits at Moscone Center. Pure Power BarI must admit to being a little myopic, focusing on the wonderful world of gourmet chocolate and our wonderful supporting vendors (packaging and specialty ingredients), but I did “slow my roll” a bit around the dozens of cheese booths (hey, I grew up in Wisconsin and now live in California… there’s whey in my blood) I encountered, not to mention artisan sausages and charcuterie producers. Of course, the What’s New/What’s Hot section is not to be missed, either. Lots of “green” offerings this year, and gluten-free was all the rage… none quite as good our gluten-free PurePower Peanut Bars.

Every style of specialty food is represented in a demonstration of America’s seemingly unlimited entrepreneurial spirit that drives artisans of every style to “take the plunge” and bring their craft to market. It’s only too bad that they don’t add a day for the public, allowing the vast community of foodies to come through to “try and buy.” It would definitely be a finger-lickin’ win/win for all concerned!

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Intolerance!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

— Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique

One of my gifts for Christmas this year was The Intolerant Family Cookbook. It is a book written by my cousins, Ellen Fitzsimmons and her daughter, Molly Lepeska. No, it’s not what you think. They’re not a bunch of crazy, wide-eyed radicals. It is a book that features gluten-free, dairy-free, family-friendly food recipes. Several members of my family suffer from food intolerant conditions.

This book is for people with dietary restrictions who want to cook interesting, healthful food that is gluten-free and dairy-free with a reasonable amount of carbohydrates. One of the authors is gluten and dairy intolerant; the other has diabetes. Both are committed to healthy and tasty food that is easy to prepare at home that they never had when they discovered their conditions.

The cookbook includes anecdotes and stories about family, favorite recipes, and the journeys Ellen and Molly made to their changed world of food. The book allows families with food intolerances to celebrate their own everyday family traditions and create their own special holiday food memories.

The book’s recipes are well written and easy to follow with a complete set of nutritionals at the end of each. The important thing is the food tastes great. You will find that the recipes encompass a complete world of food, from starters to party snacks, and soups, salads, main courses, veggies, breads (those hard to find recipes that are gluten-free) and even a large section of desserts.

In reviewing the latter, I noticed Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Pecan Cookies, the Best Chocolate Pudding and even a Chocolate Frosting. Each of these recipes could be enhanced with the addition of our Choclatique Semi-Sweet, Dark Chocolate Mini-Chips, Ebony Dark Chocolate Pastilles and our Natura (natural) Cocoa Powder. All of these baking ingredients are gluten- and dairy-free products.

Their readers could also benefit from our very special Pure Power Peanut Bar that is 100% gluten-free. Choclatique Pure Power is a delicious, high protein (9.5g) peanut bar that is chock-full of U.S.A. grown Virginia peanuts and all-natural ingredients that are commonly found in your own pantry. We have found that a 1.75 ounce bar is a great quick 210 calorie meal replacement or energy boost. We know what it means to live on a gluten-free diet and how Pure Power is the perfect snack solution for the gluten-free lifestyle. Pure Power is available in 2 flavors — Pure Power Original (with dark chocolate base) and Pure Power Fruit with blueberries, tart cherries and dark chocolate.

You can buy The Intolerant Family Cookbook, by Ellen Fitzsimmons and Molly Lepeska, at www.ifcookbook.com and you can buy many gluten-free and sugar-free chocolate treats and baking ingredients at Choclatique.

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