Chocolate


What is it about Dorie Greenspan that makes one keep coming back to her recipes? Oh, yeah!  THEY ARE WONDERFUL!  Whether it’s baking or cooking or just put together, one can never go wrong with Dorie.  I guess that’s why my mantra used to be “Trust Dorie! Trust Dorie!”  And that’s why my mantra will be again – Trust Dorie!

Two of my friends have convinced me that I really need to make Cookies with Dorie’s Cookies for Tuesdays with Dorie and since I am easily persuaded to do good things – I succumbed.  Thanks to Kayte and Pam – I’m back with Tuesdays with Dorie.  Sure missed y’all!

World Peace Cookies was a good cookie to come back to.  Especially considering what is going on in the world today.

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Actually, TWD had made these before.  February 3, 2009.  (Hopefully THIS picture is better than that one!) with the original TWD using Dorie’s  Baking From My Home To Yours. They are just as good today as they were then.  Maybe better.  And definitely a perfect addition to Dorie’s Cookie Book.

Chocolate-y.  Crunchy.  A little salty {This time I had the fleur de sel.} Perfect!

We don’t print the recipes like we did with BFMHTY.  You really need to buy the book and enjoy all the lovely recipes up close and personal.  And the beautiful photography of all the lovely cookies.  Well worthy every penny – trust me.

You can find more World Peace Cookies -> Dorie’s Cookies.

I haven’t been here in a while.  Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Bronchitis and Sinusitus it has not been an easy month.  But I couldn’t let the 2016 end without at least doing the December Potluck for I Heart Cooking Clubs

How about Torte?  Chocolate Torte?  With no Flour?  And Pecans?

Yep!  That’s the one.

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Flourless Chocolate and Pecan Torte

Torte:

    3/4 cup/175 g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
    plain (all-purpose) flour, for dusting
    1 cup/175 g caster (superfine) sugar
    6 eggs, separated
    6 oz/175 g plain dark (semisweet) chocolate, melted
    generous 1 cup/l75 g pecans, finely chopped or coarsely processed
    ½ tsp ground cinnamon {I always use a little more}

For the cream:

    2 tbsp rum
    2-3 tbsp muscovado (brown) sugar
    generous ½ cup/100 ml Crème Fraîche
    1¼ cups/275 ml double (heavy) cream

Preheat oven to 350°F/1S0°C. Grease and flour a 6 inch/16 cm cake tin (pan).

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, then mix in the melted chocolate, pecans, and cinnamon.
Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until they form stiff peaks. Stir one-third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen the texture, then, using a large metal spoon, fold in the remaining egg whites. Transfer the mixture to the prepared cake tin.
Level the top with the back of a spoon and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool for at least 20 minutes, or until just slightly warm.

Meanwhile, warm the rum and sugar in a small saucepan and stir until dissolved.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool before mixing in the creme fraiche. Semi-whip the double (heavy) cream so it is still quite slack in a large bowl and fold through the Crème Fraîche mixture until fully blended.Cut the torte into 8 equal-sized pieces and serve warm with the cream.

Yes, it WAS quite good.  Especially with the Rum Cream Mixture on top.  Even tho’ I couldn’t coax it out of the pan as well as I might have liked …as long as it tastes good…

I made 1/2 of the recipe in three mini cake pans. They only needed about 20 minutes or so to bake.   Just right for the two of us. If you need an easy and quick chocolate fix for dessert.  This is the one!

The recipe is from Curtis’ Cooking with Curtis. {pg 155)

There is more POTLUCK  -> I Heart Cooking Clubs.

We haven’t had CHOCOLATE as a theme all year for Eating with Ellie so I figured it was time.  My theme pick this week.

But after so. many. sweet. treats. this past month I thought maybe I should have waited a week or so before we used this theme.  Alas, not to be…

So I chose something simple to fulfill the Chocolate Theme –

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Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding.

This pudding had only 1/3 cup of sugar for four servings.  Unsweetened cocoa powder and a mere 1 ounce of dark chocolate gave a nice rich chocolate flavor.  We didn’t feel guilty about eating these at all. Super simple to put together I know I will make this often for our dessert.  Silky smooth and definitely sweet enough.  No guilt and lots of flavor.

The recipe is on page 274 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.

NEED more chocolate? – Visit  Gotta have Chocolate!.

How many times have I said that Cheesecake is my fave dessert?  Probably more times than you want to hear.  When the theme of Divine Desserts came up I knew exactly what I was making.

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PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE TART WITH PEANUT PRALINE

Cheesecake.  Peanut Butter.  Praline.  YES!!  Super simple to make.  A nice chocolate cake/cookie bottom piled high with whipped and sour cream a tasty peanut butter filling topped with chocolate ganache, melted PB and peanut praline brittle.  So, no I didn’t make the praline.  And we didn’t care for topping the cake with whipped and sour cream.  But the melted PB brought out the flavor of the cheesecake and the ganache complimented the chocolate crust.  The only reason I didn’t make the praline – no DEMERARA SUGAR .  The brittle worked just fine.  I was mostly interested in just the cheesecake any way.  

We really enjoyed this cake.  I got to use my ‘deep dish’ tart pan my daughter gifted me a couple of years back.  It was perfect for this divine dessert.

The recipe can be found on Donna’s website.

For more sweets visit Wednesdays with Donna Hay – Divine Desserts.

And if you want to join in the themes are listed through the end of August.  Just find a recipe to fit the theme.  Blog and send us your link under Comments.  Love to have you.

This week’s theme for Wednesdays with Donna Hay was Sweets.  Not a hard theme to play with.  Who doesn’t like sweet treats?  Our only problem now is that we are trying to cut back on sugar.  Not easy with all desserts so I had to find one that was adaptable.

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And this one definitely was.  No chocolate chips – Cocoa powder.  White sugar easily subbed out with Splenda and a smidgen of Stevia. It does have 1/4 cup brown sugar but since I cut 16 brownies it is almost negligible in each treat.

These were great.  Just sweet enough.  Definitely one to be made again.  Maybe by subbing in some Whole Wheat Flour for the AP.

Sorry, Kayte, I know you won’t like these, but maybe the boys……

The recipe is on page 114 of Donna’s flavours.

Find out what sweet treat Kayte made for I’ve got a Sweet Tooth.

Sunday is Father’s Day.  In our house that means BBQ, which means Dad cooks his own meal.  But while he may have to work a little on Father’s Day he does get a special treat.

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Jesse Rosennberg’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

Simple.  Sweet.  Delicious.  Easy.

    2 sticks butter
    1 cup sugar plus extra to coat the pans {I used 1 cup Splenda with a dash of Stevia}
    14 oz dark chocolate, chopped {Or use chips}
    8 large eggs

Preheat oven to 300 F.  Grease a 9″ cake pan.  Sprinkle with sugar.

Melt butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until completely melted and combined.

Beat the eggs until lightly colored.  Add the sugar and beat (whipping works better) until light and fluffy.

Fold the egg mixture into the cooled chocolate mixture until completely mixed.

Poor into the pan and bake for about 1 hour, testing after about 40 minutes, until cake has a nice crust on top and feels solid but soft.  Cook in the pan for 5 minutes and then turn onto a cake plate.  Cool.

After it cooled I sprinkled with a little powdered sugar.  But it would, of course, be wonderful with ice cream!!  Oh, wait.  I made ice cream and it was wonderful!!

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GOOD Cake!!  Even though this was sugar free {I used Splenda and a little stevia} it was still quite sweet. The cake was moist, intensely chocolate, and I will definitely make this one again..

{Okay, we didn’t wait until Father’s Day to eat this.  It is also my Birthday so we are having MY cake on Sunday!}
This recipe is from Jesse Rosenberg of San Carlos, CA.  She grew up in France and learned this recipe from  the lady who hired her for babysitting babysitting.

The recipe is from One Big Table (page 808).

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

I don’t bake nearly as much as I used to.  It used to be once-a-week.  Now, it’s about…well, it’s once in a while.  And when I do I try to use less sugar.  We aren’t getting any younger and it is harder and harder to ‘work off’ the sweet treats.

But every once in a while we really want something sweet.  Last week we really wanted something so I made Keller’s Cheesecake – using Splenda and Stevia.  This week it is chocolate as in…

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BROWNIES!

Keller says brownies remind him of family, comfort, and childhood.  I feel the same way.  Mom used to make brownies.  They were always a treat.  ALWAYS!

I made these using Splenda and Stevia as well.  Instead of 1 3/4 cup sugar I used an equal amount of Splenda and ADDED about 1/4 tsp of bulk Stevia.  INTENSE chocolate flavor (1 cup cocoa), just sweet enough, and very little guilt. Well, as little as you can have with 3 STICKS BUTTER!!.

The recipe is from Keller’s ad hoc at home. {page 303} Also found it on Pretty Simple Sweet.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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