Category Archives: Death by Chocolate

Chocolate Ganache & Maple Cream Bacon Cupcakes

Chocolate Ganache & Maple Cream Bacon Cupcakes

This is a wonderful cupcake filled with such good things it makes your heart smile!  The cakes themselves can be made from scratch as indicated or you can get that yummy “Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix” which makes a delish version too.*  I make them both so as your time permits, go for them, you and your guests will be in chocolate sweet and salty cupcake heaven!

Ingredients

Cupcakes:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces
12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Maple Cream Cheese Filling:
1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Bacon Topping:
 6-10 pieces of bacon fried crisp, chopped

Chocolate Ganache
12 ounces of dark chocolate (chopped or chips)
4 ounces of semisweet Chocolate (chopped or chips)
2 cups heavy cream  2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

2.  Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until chocolate melts.

3.  Attach bowl to mixer, add sugar, and whisk on medium-high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture.

4.  Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.  Bake about 18 minutes. Let cool in tins and pan on wire racks.

5.  Assemble Pastry Bag with medium round tip and fill with Maple Cream Cheese filling. Punch hole in center of cupcake and pipe filling in until filled. Smooth off excess.

6.  Frost cupcakes with chocolate ganache. Garnish tops with chopped bacon.

Directions:  Maple Cream Cheese Filling
– Melt cream cheese in microwave until soft.
– Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Stir until smooth.
– Add 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar. Stir until smooth.
– Set in fridge until assembly

Directions:  Chocolate Ganache
– Place chocolate in a large bowl.
– Heat 2 cups heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar in small saucepan over medium high heat.  When not, stir to dissolve the sugar.  Bring to a boil.  Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate.
– Set aside for 5 minutes before stirring with a wire whisk until smooth.

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* Tips:
If you use the Ghiradelli version, add two eggs to the package mix.
If you like strong Maple taste, add a few drops of Maple Extract.
Add a dash of cinnamon for extra spice.
Versions:  Add mini chocolate chips or pecan chips to cupcake mixture.
Plating:  Drizzle Maple Syrup or Chocolate Syrup on plate;  a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate covered strawberries or glazed pecans make it irresistible!

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iPhone, Apps & Chocolate Cake

Chef Jacy is in the kitchen! Preparations for an amazing Chocolate Cake forthcoming, a combo of Death by Chocolate (Marcel Desaulniers) and bits & pieces from his other recipes I love. Making a Chef Jacy version that will make you stand on your tiptoes and yell OH MY YUM, this is totally beyond yum and chocolate! Makes you hungry for a bite, yes? Watch for it and an upcoming post on my new adventure into the world of donut making.

This image was created using my iPhone and that neat little Smug Mug Camera app: Camera Awesome (be sure to get it, its free and great — Apple Store).

Oh YUM Double Chocolate Soufflés

In my whirlwind weekend, I found a few minutes to create those amazing Cannoli’s (Jay’s fave; forthcoming post) and today I am creating this recipe “just because” it is chocolate (my fave)!  I love chocolate soufflés and mousse.  Watch for my upcoming Frozen Chocolate Mousse post too.  Give this try if you love gooey, oozing with yum chocolate! =}
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Double Chocolate Soufflés with Warm Fudge Sauce

Ingredients

Souffle:
Cooking spray
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
6 large egg whites

Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Preparation

Position oven rack to the lowest setting, and remove middle rack. Preheat oven to 425°.

To prepare the soufflés, lightly coat 6 (8-ounce) soufflé dishes with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.

Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add 1 1/4 cups milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk; remove from heat. Add 3 ounces chocolate; stir until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla and egg yolk.

Place egg whites in a large mixing bowl; beat at high speed with a mixer until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat). Gently fold one-fourth of egg whites into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Gently spoon mixture into prepared dishes. Sharply tap dishes 2 or 3 times on counter to level. Place dishes on a baking sheet; place baking sheet on the bottom rack of 425° oven. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove soufflés from oven). Bake 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the side of soufflé comes out clean.

To prepare sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, and 1 tablespoon flour; stir well with a whisk. Gradually add 1/2 cup milk, stirring well with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; add 1/2 ounce chocolate, stirring until smooth. Serve warm with soufflés.

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Source:  Southern Living – My Recipes

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