DARK CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN TRUFFLES WITH SPICED PUMPKIN SEEDS

October 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon ground spiced pumpkin seeds
¼ cup pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nut meg
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet  dark chocolate, chopped
cocoa powder mixed with a little pumpkin pie spice, for dusting

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, spices  and pumpkin puree to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in refrigerator overnight. Roll in cocoa powder/pumkin pie spice mixture..

*Spiced Pumpkin Seeds : mix 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds with ¼ cup melted butter,  ¼ cup turbinado sugar and 1 teaspoon of the following spices: black pepper,, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice.  Bake in a 400° oven for about 15-20 minutes or until browned and crisp.  Allow to cool before grinding.  Grind seeds as needed into a course grind like black pepper.


Bacon & Maldon Salt Truffles

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Coconut Milk Caramel Dark Chocolate Truffle with Toasted Coconut

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons caramel
1 tablespoon honey
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
Toasted Coconut for Dusting

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, coconut milk,caramel and honey to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roll in toasted coconut. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Sweet Mango Curry Truffles with Sweet Curry Powder

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon fresh chili, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup stone fresh mango puree or chopped ripe mango
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
Sweet curry Powder for dusting (*3 teaspoon curry powder mixed with ¼ cup powdered sugar)

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, curry powder, fresh chili, honey and mango, to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle Sweet curry powder. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Stonefruit Jam Truffles with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cardamom seeds (removed from cardamom pod), crushed
¼ cup stone fruit of choice jam
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
Himalayan Sea Salt for dusting

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, cardamom seeds, and stone fruit to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with Maldon salt. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Almond, Black Cherry Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Sandwich

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

12 Almond cookies
1 cup Black Cherry Ice Cream
9 ounces bitter sweet dark Chocolate

Directions

Place a scoop of ice cream on a almond cookie and place another cookie on top, squeeze down to make a sandwich. Place in freezer on a lined baking sheet for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, chop chocolate and place in a double boiler pan with simmering hot water underneath. Let melt, dip the frozen sandwich in the melted chocolate using a spoon to cover or alternatively cover just one side and place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes or until frozen.

Black Cherry Ice Cream
Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream, whipped to thick consistency
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups ripe black cherries halved

Directions

Make sure the heavy cream is whipped to a thick consistency and mix in sugar and lemon juice and fold in cherries. Freeze by using an ice cream maker or by the hand method, beating after a few hours in the freezer and letting freeze again.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

4 bananas
8 wooden skewers
Parchment paper
80% dark organic chocolate bar
Organic White chocolate bar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch cayane pepper
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
Zest of 1 lime
Zest of 1 orange
¼ teaspoon fresh nutmeg
¼ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Directions

Cut bananas in ¼’s or ½ depending on size. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Skewer bananas, ready for dipping. Simmer enough water to cover the bottom of a large sauce pot. Take a metal or glass bowl and place over boiling water, being careful not to let the water touch the bowl. In one bowl, break up dark chocolate and add cayenne & cinnamon, place over water and stir till melted. In the other bowl break up white chocolate, adding in ginger, nutmeg, and citrus zest. mix till melted.

Dip ½ of the skewers in the dark chocolate, and the other ½ in white chocolate. Sprinkle the white chocolate skewers with the chopped walnuts, and the dark with the sea salt. Place on parchment and put in freezer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Minted Iced Cocoa

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 chocolate, whisking continuously until all the chocolate is melted. Take off heat and cool. Serve over ice, garnished with a mint leaf.

Chocolate Dried Cherry Nut Clusters

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 a little more of the melted chocolate down in a circle shape Place a spoonful of the nut mixture on top of the chocolate circle. Drizzle more chocolate about 1 tablespoon over the top of that little nut mound and repeat until all chocolate and nets are used. Place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden. Remove form the parchment paper and serve. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the dulce de leche until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla, salt and almonds. Mix well and then gently fold in the strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup (4 ounces) of dark semisweet chocolate, shaved or chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until all chocolate is melted. Drizzle over ice cream.

Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño, deseeded and chopped super fine
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Caramelized Banana Tartlets with Chocolate Port Sauce

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw hazelnuts
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 bananas, sliced in rounds about ½ inch thick
1 package puff pastry, thawed
4 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ cup tawny port

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine hazelnuts, white sugar and nutmeg. In another small bowl, combine vanilla and melted butter and pour over hazelnut mixture, tossing to coat well. Lay on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Once out of oven, set aside to cool and then chop.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, butter. Sauté bananas and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add chopped hazelnuts, and sauté another few minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside. Cut puff pastry sheets into 8-10 squares (4 X 4 inches) and place on a lined baking sheet. Spoon a few spoonfuls of the banana mixture onto the center of each square and place in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

In the meantime, fill a saucepan ¼ with water and bring to a simmer. Place a metal bowl on top to create a double boiler. In the metal bowl, add chocolate, heavy cream, brown sugar, and stir until all sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat, add port, and stir well. Once tartlets come out of the oven, drizzle chocolate over tarts, and serve!

Chocolate Nutty Pretzels

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels

INGREDIENTS

1 New York style pretzel dough recipe
Coarse sugar
12 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nuts and/or seeds (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds or any combination of)
Maldon Salt

DIRECTIONS

Follow the recipe for the pretzels with one exception, before baking sprinkle with coarse sugar instead of pretzel salt. In a double boiler (sauce pan with water simmering with a metal bowl atop) place chocolate and vanilla and melt until chocolate is creamy. Place the nuts in a medium bowl. Get a few baking sheets and line them with parchment paper. Dip half the pretzel in the chocolate, using a spoon to help coat if you need to. After the entire side (just one half) is covered let drain a bit over the chocolate so that all excess chocolate is dripped off. Dip the chocolate side in the nuts and again use another spoon to help coat with the desired level of nuts. Place on the lined baking sheet, fill in the blank spots with more nuts by hand as needed. Sprinkle with maldon salt. Do not refrigerate, the pretzels taste better when softer, so let chocolate set up slowly and keep in a cool not hot place.

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

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring gently, allowing mint to steep into liquid. Discard mint. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks well. Ladle a big spoon full of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking well, to avoid the eggs from cooking. Add the remainder of the egg mixture into the milk on the stove and heat gently whisking constantly until a thick custard forms or until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon well, about 5-6 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight to get very cold. Place in the freezer 10 minutes before making the ice cream. Process the ice cream in an ice cream maker, following instructions of the machine.

For chocolate mint leaves and chocolate drizzle

In a double boiler, add chocolate and warm until melted. Place mint leaves on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle some chocolate over the leaves and let harden (reserving some for drizzle on ice cream). Serve ice cream with chocolate drizzled over it and garnished with the chocolate mint leaves.

Rosemary Chocolate Soufflés

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter, softened
¾ cup sugar, plus one tablespoon
4 tablespoons flour
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped super fine, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Sea salt
2 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into little pieces
1 cup milk
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped fine
2 egg yolks
5 egg whites
2 teaspoons powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter 4 (8 ounce) ramekins well and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine sugar, flour, rosemary, cocoa powder, and a pinch of sea salt and mix well.
Using a fork or pastry blender, add the butter to the flour until a fine crumbly meal forms. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan bring milk to a boil, and reduce. Slowly add the flour mixture and chocolate to the milk and whisk, making sure the milk mixture does not boil and whisking continuously until the mixture is thick. Once the chocolate mixture is cooled, add egg yolks and combine. Set aside. In a separate metal bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form, adding a little bit of the reserved tablespoon of sugar at a time. The beaten egg whites should be glossy, shiny and stiff. Stir in about ¼ of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture, folding gently until just incorporated. Add the remaining egg white mixture, mixing gently until just combined. Divide mixture between the greased ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the soufflés are puffed up. Mix the remaining rosemary with the powdered sugar and sprinkle on top.

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