Category Archives: Chocolate

Hazelnut Chocolate Molten Cakes, now Gluten-free!

I have widened my scope to experiment with some lesser known (and gluten-free) flours. Today I learned to love hazelnut flour. Thanks Bob’s Red Mill!   Continue reading

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Pains au Chocolat

Croissant dough takes, as my son would say, “a minute”. For those of us older than 40, “a minute” means serious time.  It’s not your everyday dough. Christmas breakfast calls for something special, though, so 3AM did not seem an … Continue reading

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Chocolate coeurs á la créme

Coeurs translates as heart in French. This simple dessert isn’t shaped anything like a heart, it doesn’t contain any hearts… so I’m guessing Chocolate Love with Creme is a closer translation. Chocolate, creme, berries + EASY definitely = love/heart. Serves … Continue reading

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Orange Granitas in Chocolate Teardrops

Tempering chocolate is tricky and I still don’t have it down. Luckily, the granitas is frozen so that alone inhibits the normal melting that would be happening to this dessert at room temperature. Instead of explaining tempering, I’ll include a … Continue reading

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Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake

It’s September and time to make a Birthday Cake! My friend, Lee, passed along this recipe from Epicurious for a not-too-sweet dark chocolate cake. The recipe makes a three layer 8″ round cake. If you make all three layers, your … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mousse + Lavender Crémeux + Berry Compote = Bliss.

I won’t lie. This is about to get complicated. At times like this, I wish I had another set of hands, an assistant and more rubber spatulas. But, alas, still me in my tiny kitchen. This dessert should have an … Continue reading

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Coffee Chocolate (Dobos Torte) Rolls

I bought a new cookbook today called Petite Sweets, full of mini-desserts. The recipes are downsized versions of traditional desserts. They’re so gosh-darn cute! But are they good? Let’s try one and find out… This dessert roll is inspired by … Continue reading

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Two-toned Zuccotto

What could be better than ice-cream cake? Italian Ice Cream cake! This domed dessert is made with Italian sponge cake which has been cut into slices to line a bowl that is then filled with ice-cream, candied fruits and nuts. Start … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Mint Brûlée

When I asked my friend what sort of dessert he would like for his birthday, he simply said, “Crispy”.  My first thoughts ran to cookies, but then I remembered the delightful versatility of creme brûlée. Its delicate crust is nothing … Continue reading

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