- Chocolate and strawberries is a classic combination. Strawberries are typically paired with milk or dark chocolate, but the reality is that strawberries go well with all kinds of chocolate – even white chocolate. The Desserted Girl baked up a batch of Strawberry and White Chocolate Blondies that pair these two delicious ingredients in one delectable treat. The tender bars have white chocolate in the batter, giving the bars a brownie-like texture and a rich dairy flavor. Chopped strawberries are folded in to the batter for a burst of fruitiness – and color – in every bite. These are a lovely treat to welcome in the spring.
- Chocolate and cherries are also a classic flavor combination – particularly when you are talking about chocolate-covered cherries. Baking Beauty baked up a batch of Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes that look just as pretty as a box of actual chocolate covered cherries! The cupcakes have a rich chocolate flavor, thanks to both semisweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder in the batter. They are topped with a bright red cherry frosting and drizzed with a rich chocolate ganache, to make them even more indulgent. They just might be the perfect Valentine for the cherry-lover in your life.
- I am always a fan of Dutch Baby pancakes because they’re such a fun dish to make and to serve for breakfast. The Sugar Hit whipped up a Buckwheat Dutch Baby Pancake with Blueberries that is a great way to start any morning. The nutty pancake is made with a combination of all purpose and buckwheat flours. A hint of lemon zest brings out the ripe, sweet notes of the blueberries that are baked right in to the pancake. This pancake would be good on its own or with just a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, however a lemon blueberry sauce adds even more color and berry flavor to every bite.
- If you want to play with the idea of breakfast for dessert, a Caramelized Peach Chocolate Dutch Baby, like the one that Chocolate and Connie baked up, is just the thing you need. This twist on a classic dutch baby is made with cocoa powder, which gives the pancake a deep cocoa flavor without changing the texture of the pancake. The pancake is topped with peaches that are caramelized in brown sugar and a generous drizzle of melted chocolate. All you need is a scoop of ice cream and you’ll have a fun, unforgettable dessert.
- When you think of chocolate drinks, you probably think about mugs of hot chocolate or even chocolate martinis. Over at Modern Tiki, I put a chocolate twist on a more tropical drink with a Cacao Daiquiri. The cocktail takes advantage of how well citrus fruits – including limes – pair with chocolate. It is made with creme de cacao, a liqueur that captures some of the fruity notes that you’ll pick up on in very dark chocolate. The liqueur lends a surprisingly sophisticated chocolate note to the drink without actually turning into a chocolate-flavored drink. A chocolate rim plays up the chocolate flavor even more.
Connie the chocoholicFebruary 4, 2015
hi baking bites! thanks for sharing my recipe! you described it better I can, please write my blog posts for me!!! 😛
NicoleFebruary 5, 2015
Hi Connie – Haha! Thanks so much – and I hope some people are tempted to give the recipe a try!!