Archive for the ‘Chocolate’ Category

Nutella Chocolate Cobbler (Eggless)

Looks good, but not done yet!

Now, its done!

 

Calling all nutella and chocolate lovers!!!! You won’t want to miss this!

I can’t take credit for the idea… I saw this recipe over at savory sweet life and just had to make it! It totally fulfilled, or maybe surpassed, my expectations. Its very chocolatey and I love that it creates its own hot chocolate sauce! Have it with ice cream, or, with sliced bananas. Yes, it sounds weird but that was delicious! You can also have it as is, of course!

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 6 TBS cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk- I used chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1+1/2 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350

In an 8×8 baking dish (I did this right in the dish I was going to bake in, one less thing to wash!) mix together flour, baking powder, salt 3 TBS cocoa powder and 1/2c sugar. In a 2 or 4 cup glass measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave. Then add the milk to it, and heat it for 30 seconds or so. Mix together the melted butter and milk, then stir in the nutella and vanilla. This method makes it easier to blend the nutella with the dry ingredients. Pour it into the dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Spread it evenly. In a separate bowl mix 1/2c sugar, 1/2c brown sugar, 3 Tbs cocoa powder and spread it over the batter in the baking dish. Then pour the hot water over everything and DO NOT stir! Carefully move it to the oven, and bake for 40-45 minutes.

*Note: it will puff up and look cake like, and seem to be done, but it isn’t yet. Only once it sort of falls and starts to form more of a crust on the top, and when you shake the dish it jiggles only slightly… then its ready.

Might be ugly, but it sure tastes gooood!

Linking with Torvie’s Food palette series: Brown and Aipi and Priya’s Bookmarked Recipes

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Happy Bday JF~ Choco Cake w/ Cranberry Cream Filling

I’ve been a little mia lately, but I’m still here! And I’m back with cake!

For this I used the King Arthur moist chocolate cake recipe. Its very light and tender with a deep chocolate flavor. The icing has no pink food coloring, its all natural.

  • 2c K.A. cake flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4c sugar
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1/3c oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c milk or buttermilk (I used half kefir and half milk)
  • 1/2c cooled coffee or water
  • 4 eggs

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and sugar. Add the butter and oil and mix in until it looks like sand.

Combine the milk, vanilla, and coffee (or water) together and add it to the flour mixture. Mix for a minute, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Add eggs, one at a time beating well. Pour the batter into pans lined with parchment paper and buttered.

Bake in a preheated oven ( 350 degrees or 325 for convection ovens)  in one 9x 13 pan (34 minutes) or two round 9 inch(28 minutes)… for a thin cake like I did, use a 12x 17 sheet pan, even it out as much as you can and bake for around 10-12 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

For the filling:

  • 4 TBs cream cheese softened
  • 4 Tbs butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2c or more of powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs cranberry jam (I used homemade one, but you can use any flavor such as raspberry, strawberry, etc) warmed up

Beat together the butter and cream cheese. Add in the vanilla and then the powdered sugar until it becomes thick but spreadable. Stir in the warmed jam. We really loved the filling the best!

Cut rounds of the cooled cake out  (I used 3 inch biscuit cutters). Top half of them with the cranberry filling. Top with another round, placing bottom side up. Place on a wire rack over a baking pan. Then pour over the chocolate ganache. Keep in fridge or freezer for a few minutes until it sets.

Chocolate Ganache topping:

  • 1/2c heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2c 60% chocolate (I used ghirardelli)

Heat the cream just until hot, not boiling. Take off the heat and add in the chocolate. Stir it well until it melts and thickens.

I then put some icing into a ziploc bag and snipped off the tip so I can squeeze out little decorations. Add sparkling pomegranate gems.

Sending this to  Priya’s Now Serving -Best Western Desserts

Cranberry Walnut Blondies

I needed some type of sweets to take to a party. Thinking back, I remembered one of the best cookie bars I ever made. It was these coconut blondies from Brown Eyed Baker. I wanted to use the ingredients I had on hand, and also make it a little festive. So, I threw in some dried cranberries and white chocolate chips in addition to the chocolate and walnuts. They were a hit (people definitely prefer the middles, I found out). Feel free to halve the recipe and bake in an 8×8 dish instead.

Recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter
2 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips (try to find ones made with real cocoa butter and not shortening oils- I recommend trader joes)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 325

Butter a 9×13 baking dish

In a small pot melt the butter. Add the brown sugar to it and cook a minute, stirring, until the brown sugar melts completely into the butter. This is what gives blondies the awesome butterscotch flavor! Let it cool before mixing with the other ingredients.

Stir or sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.

Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the butter/brown sugar to it. Add vanilla. Beat them together well. Add the dry ingredients and mix until almost incorporated, but not completely. Then stir in the cranberries, walnuts and both chips. Do not overmix.

Pour into baking dish and even out with a spatula.

Bake 40 minutes or until the sides are pulled away from the pan and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not overbake or they may be dry.

Want a vegan version? Check this out!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe

OK, the strawberries aren’t exactly chocolate “covered”  but that’s the taste this reminded me of. If you feel like having something chocolatey but not too rich or high in calories, not to mention quick, this is great for satisfying those cravings. (If you don’t mind the calories, go for this one or this :D)

You can see that I spilled it, trying to get a better picture angle. Sigh.

1/2c strawberries, frozen

1/2c ice

1c milk

3 -4 TBS chocolate syrup

(Here is how to make homemade chocolate syrup!)

Blend it all together! How easy is that?

This is my submission to Virtual Party – Beverages hosted by US Masala and from my home kitchen.

How to make Chocolate Syrup

Better than store-bought. And it only takes about 5 minutes! Super easy.

  • 1/2c cocoa powder (I used frontier)
  • 3/4c sugar (if you like things rather sweet, I would say increase this to 1c)
  • 3/4c water
  • dash of salt
  • 1t vanilla extract

Mix sugar and cocoa in a 1 or 2 qt pot. Gradually add water, stirring out lumps. Turn the heat on low until the sugar is melted, stir occasionally. Turn heat up to medium and bring to a boil.  Stirring constantly now, so it doesn’t burn on the bottom (burnt chocolate is yuck!) Keep boiling until thickened. It should take about 3-5 mins and will turn shiny and dark- beautiful! Keep in mind that it will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. This recipe makes around 1 cup, so feel free to double it!

Brownie Pudding

 

Chocolatey Goodness!

YOU MUST TRY THIS!!!! I don’t say that lightly! If you like chocolate, then you gotta have this. Even JF, who likes chocolate, but maybe wouldn’t DIE without it (like I would), thought this was unbelievable. He kept saying “wow” and “oh my god”. Good enough for me. This may  not look like anything special, but I believe the best part of this is not the decadent gooey insides (though that is really good too!!) it’s the crust. It forms this crisp layer on the top, which combined with the softness… ooohhhhhhh. What more can I say? The recipe? You got it.

I got a cookbook from the library a couple weeks back by Ina Garten “Back to Basics” and immediately knew I wanted to try this. I just didn’t know how much I would love it. I halved the recipe, but next time you can be sure I won’t do that! lol I also cut back on the butter, and was none the worse.

  • 5 TBS butter – melted  (Ina says 1 stick/8TBS)
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1c sugar
  • Slightly less than 1/2c c0c0a powder (I used frontier brand)
  • 1/4c flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

That’s it. So simple right?!

Preheat the oven to 325. Butter a baking dish. I used 8×8, but I feel it came out slightly thin. Next time I would LOVE to try this in individual ramekins. Wouldn’t that be adorable?

The light fluffy eggs

With an electric mixer or a whisk by hand, beat eggs and sugar on medium  high for 5-10 minutes or until*very thick and light yellow*. I think this is a crucial step for the texture of the final product. And I am just crazy enough to have done this by hand with the whisk (still don’t have my hand mixer available). Yes, my arm hurt, but, nothing would stop me. I needed this to come out right! Add in the vanilla.

In another bowl sift the flour, salt and cocoa together. I considered skipping this (Im lazy and I don’t like dirtying more dishes), but then I didn’t want clumps of cocoa here and clumps of flour there. So I did it. Stir this into the egg mixture until lightly combined. Then slowly add the cooled (melted) butter and mix until just combined (dont overmix).

Pour the batter into the baking dish and set the baking dish into a larger pan (I used a 9×13). Put it in the oven and then pour hot water in the large pan halfway up the baking dish with the brownie pudding in it. Do this carefully. It helps to pull the oven rack out before setting it inside. Hope that made sense.

Since mine was thin, it only took about 40-45 minutes, but the double(full) batch needs to bake 1 hr. Its tricky knowing when this is done, since it will still looked underbaked. Ina says “a cake tester inserted 2 inches from the side will come out three-quarters clean.” if that helps.

I recommend to serve warm with ice cream.

Go make this… now!

Link to the full recipe is here and this blogger cut the butter even further, plus her pic looks delicious.

This is my submission for Bookmarked Recipes from US Masala:

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

These were everything you want a brownie to be!  Rich, chocolatey, moist, fudgy…. Indulgent! The pumpkin swirl adds a slight fruity/creaminess on top, but the flavor is very subtle.  There for looks more than anything. But what a looker she is!!! Perfect for my first recipe 😉

Brownies:

  • 1/2c good quality semisweet chocolate or chips
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • scant 1/2c cocoa powder
  • 1 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 pinches of salt (less than 1/4t)

 

Ohhhhh Yeahhhhhh

Pumpkin swirl:

 

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • less than half of a beaten egg (I added the rest of the egg to the brownie batter as the “3rd” egg)
  • 1/4 cup  pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1Tbs flour

Same thing, different view. Which looks better?

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 and butter an 8×8 pan.

Beat all the ingredients for the swirl in a small bowl.

In a double boiler (or microwave) melt the butter. Stir in chocolate chips until melted, while on the heat. As soon as they melt remove from the heat and stir in cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk this until shiny. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and the vanilla. Then the salt. Finally, stir in the flour gently, just until blended. Don’t overmix or the brownies will be more tough and cakey(unless you like that sort of thing).

Pour into the pan. Dollop on the pumpkin mixture in spots. Then run a butter knife through it to create swirly patterns.

 

Swirrrrrly

Bake for 25 mins, until a toothpick inserted has some moist crumbs sticking to it. Don’t overbake!

 

Serve as is or with vanilla ice cream.

 

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