Chocolate Stout Cake

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Chocolate stout cake.  What might be conjured up in your mind (or taste buds) of  what a rich chocolate cake that you add 2 cups of stout Guinness would be like?     If you said “mouth-water” I think you got it right.  This recipe is from TheBittenWord.com  with the photo from them as well. […]

Carob Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Cranberries

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Here is a terrific and healthy recipe for Carob Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Cranberries.  What better way to get the best of both worlds!  The recipe is from CliqueClack.com and the photo credit is Debbie McDuffee Carob Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Cranberries   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 10 mins Total […]

Chocolate Truffle Torte

Chocolate Truffle Torte   Print Prep time 35 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 1 hour 5 mins   Recipe type: Chocolate Patisserie Serves: 18 Ingredients ¾ cup butter, cubed 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 6 eggs ¾ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup ground pecans ¼ cup all-purpose flour GANACHE: 4 […]

Cocoa Facts

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Cacao Theobroma Cacao is in the genus Theobroma and species Cacao. Other common names include Chocolate, Cacao, cacaoyer. The cacao bean is the seed of the fruit often thought of as a culinary nut. Cacao beans that are certified organic and raw, dryed at low temperature can be difficult to find. Raw organic cacao is […]

The Mexican Chocolate Tradition

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It may have been Spanish nuns in Mexico who first had the idea of shaping chocolate into bars and slabs. Convent kitchens weere regarded as a kind of laboratory where improved and more exquisite chocolate recipes were created. It was here that the technique of roasting and grinding cocoa beans was perfected. The Traditional Mexican […]

Hot Chocolate – History & Benefits

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Hot chocolate (also known as hot cocoa, drinking chocolate, or just cocoa) is a heated beverage that typically consists of shaved chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar. While it is generally thought of as a drink consumed for pleasure, recent studies have suggested that it possesses health benefits due to antioxidants […]

Chocolate Truffles by Lindt

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Here is a scrumptuous truffle recipe from Lindt.   They are delicious and so smooth. Chocolate Truffles by Lindt   Print Prep time 25 mins Total time 25 mins   Author: Lindt Serves: 20 Ingredients Ganache ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream 5oz (150grams) Lindt milk, white or dark chocolate, chopped 1 tablespoon (15 grams) butter, […]

How to Chop Chocolate

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Before you melt your chocolate, you will want it in small, uniform pieces. Some brands of chocolate can be purchased in wafer sizes or bite-sized bars that don’t require chopping. However, if you buy large bars of chocolate or bulk chocolate, you will need to chop it before melting, so that it will melt evenly […]

How to Savor Chocolate – Enjoying the Experience of Tasting

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Tasting chocolate for pleasure results in wonderful discoveries.  It truly is an excellent way to explore and expand your preferences.   For certain, no two people taste flavors or grasp textures in the same way. An excellent way to experience chocolate is to taste one type of chocolate at a time, for example, bittersweet chocolate, […]

Recipe – Valrhona Sorbet Fraise

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500 g strawberry pulp (10% sugar added) 150 g caster sugar 60 g glucose powder 290 g mineral water 3 g stabilizer SL64 Heat the water.When the temperature reaches 40°C, add the sugars and the stabilizer. Bring to the boil. Cool rapidly to 10°C. Leave to mature in a refrigerator overnight. Add the defrosted strawberry […]