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The Chocolate Doctor’s Chocolate Chip Sour Cream-Cocoa Coffee Cake

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

How do you take a brown sugar, nut and spice streusel sour cream coffee cake to the next level? Add a little chocolate, of course! If you fancy old-fashioned New York-style coffee cake like the kind you get at Zingerman’s but live outside the Big Apple, then you need to add this delicious coffee cake recipe to your baking repertoire. This cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect answer for your needs. The sweet cocoa drizzle in this recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour
Yield: Serves 12 to 16

Ingredients:
For the filling:
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
1/2 cup Choclatique Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips

For the cinnamon streusel topping:
1/2 cup filling (from ingredients above)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter

For the coffee cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup Choclatique Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips

For the cocoa glaze drizzle:
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk (you might need a little less or more milk depending on climate conditions)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Spray a 12-cup fluted tube cake pan or 10-inch angel food (tube) cake pan with pan release. Use a silver pan. Dark, anodize pans tend to burn the edges of this cake.
  3. In small bowl, mix all the filling ingredients together; divide set aside 1/2 cup of filling for the cinnamon streusel topping.
  4. In small bowl, mix cinnamon streusel topping ingredients and set aside.
  5. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  6. In large bowl, beat the granulated sugar, 1 cup butter, 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and the eggs with electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  7. Beat in flour mixture alternately with sour cream on low speed.
  8. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Spread 1/2 of the batter in the pan; sprinkle with 1/2 of the filling mix. Top with the remaining batter.
  10. Sprinkle the top of the batter with the streusel mix.
  11. Bake about 1 hour or until cake tester inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool 10 minutes.
  12. While the cake is cooling, heat 1/4 cup of the butter in a 1-1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat until very light brown being careful not to burn; remove from heat.
  13. Stir in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until glaze is smooth and thin enough to drizzle.
  14. When the cake is cool drizzle the cake with the arm glaze and let set for about 30 minutes to set.

ChefSecret: I asked my German baker friend what the word streusel means. According to Henry it is “something strewn” in old German; streusel is easy to throw together and then to toss on top of a sour-cream coffee cake. Here’s another little secret, after the cake starts to stale in a couple of days it is great for breakfast lightly toasted and smeared with soft butter.

With a little tinkering with the time and temperature this recipe makes great morning muffins as well.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

This is one of those take-you-breath-away desserts! No, kidding. I regret my photographic skills are not as good as my culinary skills.

It’s almost, but not quite a cheesecake. The only baking required is just a few short minutes to set the chocolate wafer crust. From that point forward it just whippin’ and waitin’ the 4 hours for the tart to fully chill.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour plus 3 hours
Yield: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients:
For the Crust:
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%), chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
8 ounces Chocolate wafers (about 30 cookies from a 9-ounce package), finely ground in a food processor to make 2 cups of crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Peanut Butter Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup cold heavy cream

For the Topping:
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%), chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped

Directions:
To make chocolate crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Spray the bottom and side of a deep 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
  3. In a medium glass bowl, combine the chocolate and butter and microwave at high power in 20-second intervals until the chocolate is just melted. Stir well, then blend in the cookie crumbs and sugar.
  4. Press the cookie crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the rim of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then cool on a rack.

To make the peanut butter filling:

  1. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract until well blended. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the chilled cream until firm. Fold one-third of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture to temper the texture.
  2. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream.
  3. Spoon the filling into the crust, smoothing the surface with an off-set spatula.
  4. Refrigerate uncovered for about 1 hour.

To make the chocolate topping:

  1. In a medium glass bowl, combine the chocolate with the heavy cream and microwave at 50% power in 20-second intervals until the chocolate is just melted and the cream is hot. Stir the chocolate topping until blended, then let cool to barely warm, stirring occasionally.
  2. Spread the chocolate topping over the chilled peanut butter filling and sprinkle the chopped peanuts around the edges of the pie.
  3. Chill uncovered in refrigerator for 3 more hours.

To serve:

  1. Carefully remove the rim from the tart pan by gently pressing upwards on the bottom while holding the rim in place.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the pie into wedges. Run the knife under hot water and dry it between each cut. Serve chilled.

ChefSecret: If you’re looking for something a little lighter (in color, not in flavor or richness) substitute Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate for all the Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%). Replace the chocolate wafers in the crust with Nilla Wafers. Do not allow the crust to become too thick in any one area of the tart pan otherwise it will come out too crisp making it difficult to cut. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart can be made a day ahead, then covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Ed’s Breakfast Baby: French Toast Pudding

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I ate breakfast at Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla, California. I ordered their Baked Apple Pancake (which is an apple-filled, cinnamon glazed Dutch Boy pancake). I started to make one these this weekend at home, but found I didn’t have any apples. I already had the pan heating in the oven and was ready to go. What is one to do when you have 4 hungry adults waiting for something special for brunch?

The solution… I love French toast and I love bread pudding, so I thought why not make a combination of both for a special weekend brunch. I added the chocolate chips in place of the apple mixed in with the batter and created what I call Ed’s Breakfast Baby.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 to 5 pieces of thick-cut white, egg or brioche bread, cut in large cubes
1/2 cup whipping cream
1-1/4 cups whole milk
4 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup Choclatique Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
1 cup of corn flakes or frosted corn flakes with almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 400°F.
  2. Set an oven rack to lowest third of oven and place a large 12-inch skillet in the oven to heat. You want the skillet piping hot before you add the French toast mixture.
  3. Cut the bread into large thick cubes.
  4. In a blender mix the cream and the milk together. Add the eggs and the egg yolk and blend well.
  5. Add the baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract; blend until frothy.
  6. Add the butter to the empty hot skillet in the oven allowing it to brown.
  7. In a large bowl quickly add the batter mixture to the bread cubes and chocolate chips and lightly stir to mix thoroughly.
  8. Take the hot pan from the oven (close the oven door so you don’t lose the heat) and carefully pour the French Toast batter into the skillet.
  9. Sprinkle the corn flakes over the top and place the skillet back in the hot oven.
  10. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the mixture is golden brown, firm and pudding like.
  11. Remove from the oven and cut into quarters, top with powder sugar or serve with warm maple syrup. Or maybe both.

ChefSecret: If you don’t have whipping cream handy, add an extra egg, 1-3/4 cups of whole milk and 2 tablespoons of melted butter in place of the cream. You can also drizzle the French Toast with chocolate syrup instead of maple syrup.

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The Chocolate Doctor’s Chocolate-Honey Cake

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

In Greek mythology, honey was considered the nectar of the gods. During the Mesoamerican period on this continent chocolate was considered the coin of the realm, the aphrodisiac to kings and the food of the gods. So when you bake chocolate and honey together, you have a rich chocolate-honey cake fit for gods and desired by kings.

This cake recipe is simple to make; Make the ganache first, and then start making the cake while the ganache frosting rests.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients:
For the cake:

1 cup Choclatique Rouge Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup hot, strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot water
3/4 cup Nature Nate’s Honey, warm
2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1-1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/8 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (find grind)
4-1/2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Honey Ganache:
12 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64% cacao), finely chopped
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons Nature Nate’s Honey
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease two 9 x 2 inch round cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Dust sides with cocoa powder.
  3. Sift cocoa powder into a medium bowl. Whisk in the hot coffee, water and then the honey. Let cool completely.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.
  5. With an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the oil, beating until combined. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Raise the mixer speed and cream until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well on medium-high speed after each addition.
  7. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat just until combined.
  8. Using a stand mixer with paddle at the lowest speed add the flour mixture and cocoa mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the flour, scraping down sides as needed. Beat just until combined.
  9. Evenly divide the batter between the two pans. Tap pans lightly to even out before placing in the oven.
  10. Bake on center and lower racks, rotating the pans halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center of each cake comes out with only a few moist crumbs clinging to it, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Run a knife along the sides of the pans. Cool the cakes in their pans on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rack, and remove the pans and the parchment. Let the layers cool completely.

For the ganache:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a large heatproof bowl.
  2. Combine the heavy cream and honey in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until the honey dissolves into the cream, about 30 seconds.
  3. Just as the cream comes to a simmer, pour it over the chocolate. Let stand about 1 minute; then whisk until smooth. Stir in the butter, and vanilla until the butter is melted and the mixture is glossy.
  4. Let ganache cool at room temperature for at least 8 hours. It will thicken as it cools. (The ganache can sit, covered, at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)

Assemble the cake:

  1. Set one of the cake layers on a serving plate upside down.
  2. Spread about 1 cup ganache over the surface of the cake. Top with the second cake layer (right side up) and spread a very thin layer of ganache over the top and sides of the cake to seal in any crumbs. Refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the crumb coat to set.
  3. Spread the remaining ganache evenly over the top and sides of the cake.

ChefSecret: Dust the pans with cocoa powder instead of all-purpose flour to prevent white streaks.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Upside-Down, Right-Side Up Fudge Almond Tart

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

If you love chocolate and almonds, this is one impressive, show-stopping dessert. It is all rich chocolate, but not too sweet. While it looks professionally made, it is easy to make provided you follow the directions. Bake it upside down and serve it right-side up. It bakes-up a little flat—after all it’s a tart, not a pie; trust me—The ChocolateDoctor—it is perfect. It’s an ideal chocolate dessert when served with a steaming cup of espresso or a glass of iced cold milk.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 9-inch tart–serves 10—yes, it’s that rich!

Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1 cup coarsely sliced almonds, toasted to a golden brown
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
3 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons golden cane syrup
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Set an oven rack to lowest third of oven.
  2. Spray a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan with pan release.
  3. Sprinkle the almonds onto the bottom of the pan.
  4. Combine the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl and cook at 50% power and pulse for 30 seconds until chocolate melts, stirring at each break; set aside. Do not burn the chocolate or you will have to start all over again.
  5. Spoon the flour into a measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt in a medium bowl, stirring to blend with a whisk.
  6. Place the eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until thick and pale about 2-1/2 minutes.
  7. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at medium speed 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  8. Add the golden cane syrup and vanilla and almond extracts; beating on low for about a minute or until well blended.
  9. Add the chocolate mixture; beat 1 minute or until blended.
  10. Add flour mixture, and beat on low speed just until combined.
  11. Pour batter over nuts into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. The batter is a little thick and is difficult to spread without getting some almonds in your way. Make sure it’s as even as possible since the finished tart will look exactly as you poured it right before baking.
  12. Bake in lower third of oven at 350°F for 20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
  13. Cool the tart in pan 20 minutes on wire rack.
  14. Invert tart onto serving platter.

ChefSecret: Golden syrup is the way to go, but if you can’t find any in your grocery store substituted equal parts honey and corn syrup or 2 parts corn syrup to 1 part molasses. These substitutes are not quite as sweet as cane syrup and the consistency is thinner; compensate by adding another tablespoon of granulated sugar to the batter.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Midnight Chocolate-Almond Cake

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

Julia Child’s brought her famous Almond Cake to the taping of The Food Show one Saturday morning for our crew to enjoy. So thoughtful of her—we always loved having Miss Julia as a guest. It was a great cake, but something was missing. What could it be? Maybe a little chocolate? In this recipe I have enhanced Julia’s masterpiece with a little bit of own—Choclatique Chocolate—well, maybe a lot of Choclatique Chocolate.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes
Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled, plus more for greasing the pan
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, sifted
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter and flour 9-inch pie plate or loose bottom tart pan.
  3. Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, almond extract and salt in a large bowl until frothy and pale; about 2 minutes.
  4. Add 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour and cocoa powder and stir until incorporated.
  5. Pour into prepared pie plate or pan. Top with the almonds and sanding sugar.
  6. Bake the cake until top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.
  7. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool slightly before serving.

Store: This cake can be made one day ahead wrapped (un-iced) in food film and stored at room temperature. About an hour before serving, ice it up and let it set before cutting.

ChefSecret: Fancy it up. Yes, everything tastes better with chocolate. You can make the perfect icing as a topper for this perfect cake in either Dark or White Chocolate.

For the chocolate icing:
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped (for a white chocolate icing use Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate)
4 tablespoons rum (for white chocolate icing substitute orange liquor, like Grand Marnier)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed

To make the icing:

  1. Combine the chopped chocolate and liquor in a small bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir continuously as the chocolate melts and remove from heat as soon as it’s smooth.
  2. Add the butter a tablespoon at a time and use a whisk to beat it into the chocolate. Whisk until creamy and smooth.
  3. Let the icing cool to a drizzling consistency, stirring it every 5 minutes or so. It should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Drizzle the icing on top of the cooled cake and spread it to cover.

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Nate’s Sweet Honey Bread

Friday, March 11th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

This is an old country recipe from 19th century Poland. It is a semi-sweet honey bread that tastes great with a little butter. It is also great lightly toasted. I grew up on this bread from Royal Bakery in West Los Angeles and it has always been a favorite.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Ready in: 2 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
4 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Nature Nate’s Raw Honey
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and eggs.
  2. Stir in the milk and oil, and mix in the baking soda.
  3. Place honey in a small pot, and bring to a boil. Stir the honey into the bowl.
  4. Sift flour into the bowl. Fold in the pecans (and raisins if using). Stir by hand with a sturdy spoon for 10 minutes. Allow the dough to rest for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease four 8 x 4-inch loaf pans.
  6. Fill each loaf pan with about 2 inches of the batter. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.

Note: Bread will be brown in color and top will crack.

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White Chocolate Chip-Almond-Orange Financier

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

I first learned to make this cake in baking school in Paris, but perfected it here in the Choclatique Chocolate Studio. It was easy; I just added white chocolate chips. This is a rich, buttery, light textured cake. I’ve added white chocolate chips and flecks of orange zest to bring out the freshness of this classic almond-flavored batter.

Prep Time: 1 hour (includes time to make the orange zest)
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
1 cup almonds, lightly toasted
1-2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Finely grated zest from 1 orange
6 large egg whites, lightly beaten
3/4 cup Choclatique White Chocolate Chips
Candied orange peel for garnish (see recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Brush the inside of a 13 1/2-by-4-inch tart pan that has a nonremovable bottom with melted butter. You can also bake this in individual tart molds. Either way they are great. Move the pan(s) to freezer.
  3. Using a food processor, process the almonds until finely ground. In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds, confectioners’ sugar, flour, salt, and orange zest.
  4. Add the egg whites, and whisk to combine.
  5. Slowly stir in the melted butter and the chocolate chips.
  6. Remove tart pan from freezer. Pour batter into pan; place on a baking sheet. Bake until dough just begins to rise, about 10 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 400°F and continue baking 7 to 8 minutes more, until financier begins to brown. Turn off oven, and let cake stand in oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Invert financier onto rack; reinvert, and slice into 6 pieces. Garnish top with candied orange peel, and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

ChefSecret: Chilling the pan(s) in the freezer before adding the batter and baking it helps prevent sticking.

Candied Orange Peel

Ingredients:
3 oranges
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups cold water (more for the prep)

Directions:

  1. Using a citrus zester or vegetable peeler, shred long strips of orange peel.
  2. Place strips in a medium saucepan. Cover with cold water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Drain; repeat two more times with fresh water.
  3. Place sugar in a clean saucepan with 1-1/2 cups water; stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the citrus strips to the boiling syrup; reduce heat, and simmer until strips are translucent, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; let strips cool in syrup, at least 1 hour.
  5. Remove from syrup when ready to use.


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The ChocolateDoctor’s Valentine’s Day Sunday Only—Double Chocolate Pancakes

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Sunday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Make your sweetie a sweet breakfast worthy of being served in bed—Sunday Only Pancakes. As you the place each pancake on the stack, drizzle with hot chocolate syrup. Artfully encase the whole stack in meringue robe and then pop it into a very hot oven to brown. It comes out of the oven looking like giant, puffed Baked Alaska. It is a beautiful plate presentation, not to take anything away from the taste of the pancakes… they are delicious on their own. So, here I present to you our naked Sunday Only treat (no meringue). If you can afford the extra calories and want to dress it up with meringue, knock yourself out (see recipe below).

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (12 4-inch pancakes)

Ingredients:
For the hot chocolate syrup:

3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Choclatique Hot Chocolate mix (or cocoa mix)

For the pancakes:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Choclatique Hot Chocolate mix (or cocoa mix)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1-1/4 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, plus 4 to 5 tablespoons for the skillet
2 large eggs plus
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg white, whipped
Whipped cream, for serving (if naked)

Directions:
For the hot chocolate syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the maple syrup, honey and hot chocolate mix to a simmer, whisking constantly. Continue to simmer until the syrup is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

For the pancakes:

  1. Preheat an oven to 200°F. The oven will be used to keep cooked pancakes warm while the rest are being cooked.
  2. Whisk together the flour, hot chocolate mix, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl. Pour the milk-egg mixture into the flour mixture, and gently fold just to combine (it’s OK if there are some lumps).
  4. Gently fold in the egg white until there are no white streaks.
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter; when it melts and the foam subsides, pour 1/4-cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, evenly spaced.
  6. Cook until the surface of the pancakes begins to bubble and the bottoms have darkened by a few shades, about 4 minutes. Flip the pancakes, and continue to cook until the bottoms have darkened by a few shades and the pancakes are springy when touched in the center, about 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining butter and batter.
  7. Keep cooked pancakes warm in a low oven.
  8. Serve with the warm chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

 

ChefSecret: Make it a triple chocolate threat—add 1/2 up of Choclatique, Milk, Dark or White Chocolate Chips to the batter before cooking.

Go for the full Monty—Go for the Meringue

  1. Make the meringue to pipe onto the outside of the stack of pancakes.
  2. Whip 4 large egg whites in a clean bowl on medium speed.
  3. While the egg whites are whipping, put the 1 cup of sugar in a pot, and wet with just enough water to make the sugar look like wet sand. Boil the sugar until it reaches the “soft ball” stage, or 230°F.
  4. Bring the mixer up to the highest speed and slowly and carefully pour the hot sugar into the egg whites, streaming it down the side of the bowl. Continue to whip on high until the bowl is cool to the touch, then reduce the mixer to medium-low speed for a minute to even out the air bubbles in the meringue. This make for a smoother finish on the pancake stack.
  5. Place the warm pancakes on a heat resistant serving plate. Using a piping bag with your round tip, pipe concentric circles to cover the entire stack of pancakes.
  6. If you have one available, use a kitchen torch to lightly toast the finished meringue, or return finished meringue pancake stack to the oven and bake until light the meringue light brown.

 

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Wilshire Crest School (Gloria’s) Sheet Cake

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

I went to Wilshire Crest grade school in Los Angeles for a year, met and fell in love with Gloria. Well, not so much in love with Gloria, but I did love with Gloria’s chocolate cake. Gloria was the cafeteria worker who had the responsibility for all of the baking.

I ran into Gloria at LA’s Farmer’s Market years later. I told her how much I missed her delicious cake—it really was (and is) so moist and delicious. She told me former students and parents have asked her for the recipe for years and she always obliges. I’m sure you’ll find it reminds you of happy days in grade school and it is so very easy to make—30 minutes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yield: 24 to 36 slices

Ingredients:
For the cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 cup butter
1 cup water
4 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoons Choclatique Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the frosting:
6 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoons Choclatique Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 Teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Directions:
For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. (325°F if using a glass baking dish)
  2. Grease and *flour a 10 x 15 inch pan.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside.
  5. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture and vanilla, mixing until blended.
  6. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

For the icing:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and almond extracts, then fold in the nuts (if using), mixing until blended.
  3. Spread the frosting over the warm cake.

ChefSecret: *When you grease and flour the pan dust with cocoa powder instead of flour so you don’t leave any white streaks on the cake. I use the 2 Choclatique cocoa powders—Rouge for flavor and Onyx for the deep rich, dark chocolate color.

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