Bacon & Maldon Salt Truffles

Makes about 30 truffles Ingredients ½ cup heavy cream ¼ cup bacon, chopped super fine 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped Black Volcanic Salt for dusting Directions In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream and bacon to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of […]

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Chocolate & Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Makes 12 ramekins Ingredients 1 can (15 ounces) coconut milk 1/2 cup almond milk 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon, freshly grated 2 teaspoons nutemg, freshly grated 1 teaspoon cardamom powder 1 teaspoon salt 8 cups day old bread, cubed about 11/2 inch thick 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped […]

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Chocolate Cake

Makes one cake INGREDIENTS 2 cups flour 1 cup cocoa 1½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 3 eggs 1½ teaspoons vanilla 1½ cups buttermilk Basic Buttercream, for frosting DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick […]

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Chocolate Dried Cherry Nut Clusters

Makes about 15 clusters Ingredients ½ cup raw almonds ½ cup raw peanuts ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup dried cherries 8 ounces dark chocolate melted Himalayan pink salt Directions In a medium bowl mix together almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cherries. On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper place a teaspoon or […]

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Chocolate Ganache

INGREDIENTS 1 pound semisweet chocolate 4 cups heavy cream DIRECTIONS Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has […]

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Chocolate Mint Pudding

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 1½ cups sugar ¼ cup cornstarch 12 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate 3 cups milk (infused with fresh mint, recipe follows) 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla Salt Directions In a heavy bottom saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Add chocolate, and melt down, whisking well. In another bowl, beat eggs with milk, […]

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Coriander-Chocolate Halva Liquor

Makes 1 liter The toffe, praline, vanilla and dried fruit tones in the initial rush of tasting bourbon elixir and charred oak barrels give the Bourbon and spicy firmness that blends in well with this Middle Eastern inspired elixir! Ingredients 1 tablespoon, coriander seeds, cracked fine 1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked fine 1½ cups bourbon, […]

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Makes 1 cake INGREDIENTS For cake 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup cocoa powder 1½ tablespoons baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1 cup sugar 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract 3 eggs 1½ cups buttermilk For frosting 2 cups heavy cream ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 1⁄8 teaspoon salt […]

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Cardamom Truffles

Makes about 30 truffles INGREDIENTS ½ cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon cardamom seeds (removed from cardamom pod), crushed ¼ cup dried cherries, chopped fine 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped Cocoa powder, for dusting DIRECTIONS In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, cardamom seeds, and dried cherries […]

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 12 peanut butter cups INGREDIENTS 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup peanut butter 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt Maldon Salt DIRECTIONS Cut some cupcake liners so that they are about half their normal size, and place into muffin tins. Heat chocolate in double boiler (sauce pan with water and a metal bowl […]

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Earl Grey Tea Madeleines with Orange Chocolate Glaze

Ingredients 5 tablespoons unsalted butter plus additional for molds, at room temperature 2 tablespoons loose tea or tea from 2 tea bags (preferably Earl Grey) ¾ cup all purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 2 large eggs 1⁄3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon […]

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Fresh Strawberry Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Makes ½ gallon of ice cream Ingredients 2 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 10 egg yolks 1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar 1/4 cup water 8 cups strawberries (chopped, with tops removed) 1 cup chopped mint Strawberries and mint for garnish Chocolate, melted Fresh strawberries, stems in tact Directions Make simple syrup […]

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Gianduja Buttercream

Makes about 1 cup buttercream Ingredients 125 grams (4½ ounces or 1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened 70 grams (2½ ounces or 5 tablespoons) granulted sugar 3 egg yolks at room temperature 2 ounces gianduja Directions Melt the gianduja along with 2 tablespoons water in a double boiler. Set aside to cook to […]

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Gianduja Macarons

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients 215 grams (7½ ounces) confectioners’ sugar 100 grams (3½ ounces) egg whites (about 3 large) at room temperature 130 grams (4½ ounces) peeled, lightly toasted hazelnuts 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa 25 grams (2 tablespoons) castor or superfine granulated sugar Pinch salt Gianduja Buttercream (recipe follows) Directions Line cookie sheets […]

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Ginger & Orange Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Makes 2 dozen doughnuts *Recipe adapted from Donna Hay Ingredients 1 package active dry yeast ¼ cup warm water 1 cup warm milk 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon orange zest 3 tablespoons butter, melted 4 ¼ cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 eggs, beaten Vegetable oil for frying For the glaze 2 cups powdered sugar […]

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Hand Rolled Vegan Truffles

Makes 12 truffles Ingredients ½ pound pitted & chopped dates 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon of your favorite Liquor ½ cup cocoa powder ¼ cup cacao nibs ¼ cup finely shredded coconut Directions In a food processor add dates, water, liquor, and salt. Mix on high till it forms a ruff […]

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Hazelnut Sponge Cake

Makes one cake INGREDIENTS 12 eggs, separated 8 ounces light brown sugar 14 ounces hazelnut flour 4 ounces all-purpose flour Pinch of salt 4 ounces granulated sugar Basic Buttercream, for frosting Chocolate block, for decorating Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating DIRECTIONS Preheat to 350°F. Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment. In a metal […]

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Healthy Junk Bark

Serves about 6-8 This simple low calorie snack is perfect for kids and adults. Creativity is the key in this recipe, mixing and matching flavors to create an amazing chocolate experience! Ingredients 16 ounces semi sweet of bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped or chips Dried fruit of choice: cranberries, cherries, apricots, blueberries, chopped Nuts of choice: […]

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Homemade Kit Kat Bars

Ingredients 75 club crackers ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar ½ cup milk 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar 2⁄3 cup creamy peanut butter ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips ½ cup butterscotch chips Directions Line 9-by-13-inch rectangular baking pan with one later of Club crackers […]

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Homemade Peanut Butter & S’mores Cups

Yields about 2 dozen mini peanut butter cups and 4-6 large s’mores. Ingredients For the candy shells Chocolate For the peanut butter filling 1 cup peanut butter ½ cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the s’mores filling 1 cup marshmallow fluff 2 graham crackers, broken in pieces Directions Temper the chocolate and pour […]

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Lavender White Chocolate Cocoa

This season’s hot herb trend will definitely warm you up: herbal cocoa and infused milks are making their steamy appearance just in time to fortify you against fall’s brisk, nippy air…

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Lavender White Hot Chocolate

Serves 4-5 INGREDIENTS 1 cup water 1 lemon myrtle tea bag or 1 tablespoon lemon myrtle tea 1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves 1 vanilla bean, split open ½ cup light brown sugar 4 cups milk 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped fine Lavender leaves, for garnish Bee pollen, for garnish (optional) DIRECTIONS In a large sauce […]

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Light Mint Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Drizzle and Chocolate-Mint Leaves

Serves 10 INGREDIENTS 2 cups 2% milk 2 cups half and half 1 cup sugar 2 cups fresh mint, chopped 10 egg yolks 1 dark mint chocolate bar, chopped into pieces 10 fresh mint leaves, for garnish DIRECTIONS For mint ice cream In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar, and […]

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Lo-Cal Milkshake

Serves 6 Ingredients ½ cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped (optional flavor choice) 2 tablespoons chocolate powder (optional flavor choice) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups low fat milk 1 cup ice ¼ cup honey 1 pinch of salt Directions Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

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Minted Iced Cocoa

Makes 4 iced cocoas Ingredients 4 cups skim milk ½ cup fresh mint leaves ¼ cup sugar 4 ounces dark chocolate Directions In a medium sauce pan combine the milk, mint leaves and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Remove mint leaves and add dark […]

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Molten Chocolate Cake

Serves 8 Ingredients ½ cup butter 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (baking squares are best) ¼ cup heavy cream ½ teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs 2 egg yolks ¼ cup sugar Raspberry Sauce, to serve (recipe follows) Directions Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease 8 6-ounce ramekins with a generous amount of […]

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Molten Chocolate Cake with Cardamom Cream

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS ½ cup butter 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (baking squares are best) ¼ cup heavy cream ½ teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs 2 egg yolks ¼ cup sugar DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 8 6-ounce ramekins with a generous amount of butter, and sprinkle with sugar. Over a […]

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Orange Ginger Chocolate Truffles

Makes about 30 truffles INGREDIENTS ½ cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons orange zest 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped Cocoa powder, for dusting DIRECTIONS In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the cream, vanilla, orange zest, and ginger to a simmer, take about 3 minutes, […]

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Pain Au Chocolate

Makes 12 This version gives a shortcut to the traditional sweet Parisian breakfast treat by using already prepared puff pastry. Ingredients 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon water 1 package puff pastry, cut into 12 rectangles 1 package puff pastry, cut into 12 rectangles 18 ounces bitter sweet dark chocolate, thin bards, cut into 1½ ounce […]

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Red Chili Pork Tamales with Mole Negra

Makes 20 tamales Ingredients For the red chili pork 10 small red dried chilies 2 cups water 1 medium tomato, chopped medium 1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted 1 pound pork butt 1 teaspoon salt 1 fresh bay leaf 2 tablespoons […]

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