Category Archives: Chocolate

Lamingtons

If you have never been to Australia, you have probably never had a lamington. If you are an Australian (or are from New Zealand), you have probably had quite a lot of them. Lamingtons are an Australian snack cake consisting of squares of sponge cake dipped in a chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut. Sometimes they have a layer of jam in the middle ... Read More »

Classic Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Classic Chocolate Cake, slice

Today we had our chocolate class. We started with a taste test of chocolates. 56% is baking percentage and, unless otherwise specified, this is the percentage called for in all chocolate-using recipes. If you want to use a higher percentage, you’ll have to increase the butter (or other fat) and sugar in the recipe to keep the texture. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a more ... Read More »

Alice Medrich’s Cocoa Syrup

What combination could be more classic than vanilla ice cream  with chocolate sauce? Ok, I’m sure there are some, but this is one of the better ones. Having recently acquired some Valrhona cocoa powder, I knew that it would be put to good use when I saw Alice Medrich’s recipe for Cocoa Syrup in her book, Bittersweet. My immediate thoughts upon seeing recipe were of ... Read More »

Mocha Rounds

Mocha Rounds

If my father sees me baking a batch of cookies, he’ll usually ask how long he has to wait before I’ll let him eat one. Then, he’ll ask if he can take some in to work. Usually the answers are “when they’re cool enough to touch” and “No, I’m sending them to someone/giving them to someone/eating them myself”. He just has bad timing when he ... Read More »

Spicy Blackberry BBQ Sauce and Died and Went to Heaven Chocolate Cake

It all started with a sauce. A gorgeous, burgundy colored sauce that does not photograph nearly as well as I would like it to. I found it in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine. It was a spicy blackberry barbeque sauce. The question was what should I serve it on? Steak. Again, the picture didn’t come out as well as I had hoped. I guess I ... Read More »

Mini-Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes nothing can satisfy like a glass of milk and a couple of chocolate chip cookies warm from the oven. Today was one of those days. I have to mention here that I am not a fan of those huge, chewy, buttery bakery style chocolate chip cookies. I personally prefer my cookies to be a bit crisper, with just a touch of chewiness in the ... Read More »

Candied Orange Peel

The holidays seem to give license to candy just about anything you may have around: fruit, nuts, chocolate… not that I’m complaining, mind you. Now I didn’t make these – one of my roommates did. But I was there for the whole process which gives me enough authority to report on it here. Yummy and stunning. You have to start the night before, but they’re ... Read More »

Amazing Chocolate Cake Cookies

When I first came across the recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Cake Cookies, I checked out the reviews that it had receved before deciding to make them. The reviewers raved about them, so I decided to have a go myself. These were amazing, not to mention that they were incredibly easy, and should be a “must” for chocolate-lovers. They are very brownie-like, but without being dense. The ... Read More »

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