Category Archives: Chocolate Recipes

It’s All About the Yummies

I have been on a whirlwind of travel and more so no yummies and recipes posted of late.  But wait connoisseurs of delish things, I have not forsaken my kitchen and making yummy desserts and other good things.  So my friends, this is a preview of recipes to come.  Don’t you just want to jump on them and take a “digital bite”?  Soon you can try these too.

Pictured L-R Jacy’s CrisbeCreme Donuts, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, Peach Cobbler w/Sweet Cream Biscuit Topping, Strawberry&Peach Tiramisu, Apple Butter Cherry Cake (the little pic).

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Chocolate Valentine Puddle of Love

How much do I love creating big, yummy, delicious concoctions and seeing Jay feast on them and my guests go  “WOW! That is amazing” when they bite into these decadent desserts. So without further adieu, here is the 2013 Valentine dessert I created especially for Jay. It is entitled “Chocolate Valentine Puddle of Love” because that is what it looks like. We love dark and white chocolate, orange crème, cheesecake, and with all incorporated into one dessert — Oh my yum, just heavenly!
Chocolate Valentine Puddle of Love

This recipe creates two separate brownies:
“Yummylicious Melt-In-Your-Mouth Fudge Brownies” 
“White Chocolate Orange Blondies” [below]
“Orange Cream Cheese Filling” [below]
“Chocolate Ganache” [below]

Prepare: Yummylicious Melt-In-Your-Mouth Fudge Brownies” 

Prepare:  “White Chocolate Orange Blondies”

White Chocolate Orange Blondies

Ingredients
1/2 pound, plus 1 teaspoon butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 teaspoons of orange zest.
3 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups white chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place 1/2 pound of the butter and the brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until a smooth batter is formed. While the machine is running, add the eggs, vanilla and orange extracts, and orange zest, until incorporated into the batter.

Sift together 3 cups flour and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter and mix on low speed until a dough is formed. Very gently, by turning the mixer on and then off, fold the chips into the dough.

Once the dough is all blended, grease a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with the remaining butter and dust with the 1 tablespoon of flour. Pour the batter into the pan and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until set yet still moist.*

Prepare Orange Cream Cheese Filling:

Orange Cream Cheese Filling
1 8oz package cream cheese
1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar to taste
1 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoons orange extract
2 teaspoons orange zest

Set aside until assembly.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

• 1 1/2 c. Heavy cream
• 2 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
• 18 ounce Dark or Semi-Sweet chocolate, minced into 1/2-oz pieces

Directions

Heat the heavy cream and the butter in a 3-qt saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Place the Semi-Sweet chocolate in a 3-qt stainless steel bowl. Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.  Set aside until assembly.

Chocolate Valentine Puddle of Love

ASSEMBLY:

1.  Cut brownies into servicing-size pieces.
2.  Layer first one Fudge Brownie on plate.
3.  Top with Orange Cream Cheese Filling.
4.  Layer one White Chocolate Orange Blondie on top of Cream Cheese Filing.
5.  Top with Orange Cream Cheese Filing.
6.  Layer second Fudge Brownie on top of Cream Cheese Filling.
7.  Pour Chocolate Ganache over top to puddle on plate.
8.  Garnish with dollop of whipped cream or fresh cut fruit.
9.  Serve with dry Cabernet Sauvignon or coffee.
10.  Jump into the puddle and enjoy!

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Notes:
* White Chocolate Orange Blondies recipe based in part on original recipe by Emeril Lagasse, 2002

Chocolate Valentine Love

Can Valentine’s Day really be this close?? Oh my chocolate lovers, I am astonished by this lovely dessert.  My food photography folders and new recipes have filled my computer and are yet to be posted and what do my eyes behold tonight you ask?  These lovely chocolate delights and wait until you see the inside…oh my yummylicious heart.  I had to stop, pin and download the recipe (which btw is in .pdf form too).  The recipe is in English and Italian.   Click the image to visit Laura Adamache recipe and check out her other wonderful recipes too.  Ahhhh, too many recipes, not enough time!

Mini torturi de ciocolata [Mini Chocolate Cakes]

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