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Old 08-20-2013, 09:12 AM   #1
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What is Your Chocolate Pleasure

What is your favorite Chocolate Treat? it can be a certain truffle from a box of chocolates, a particular brand of pure chocolate, a desert, a cake, a pie, a candy bar, a chocolate beverage, anything chocolate, including nibs.

Maybe I'll put it like this:
Favorite Chocolate beverage:
Favorite Chocolate bar:
Favorite Chocolate desert:
Favorite Chocolate Confection:
What is the best Chocolate item you've made/created:

I'll give my answers a bit later.

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Old 08-20-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
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Sourdough Chocolate Cake

INGREDIENTS
Cake
1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup milk, whole
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup natural cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1 shot espresso
2 large eggs
Icing
6 cups confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 shots espresso
1 tablespoon hot water
Drizzle
2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, 1/3 cup
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 shot espresso

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Combine the "fed" starter, milk, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours. It won't necessarily bubble, but it may have expanded a bit.
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, vanilla, salt, baking soda, cocoa. and espresso. The mixture will be grainy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Gently combine the chocolate mixture with the starter-flour-milk mixture, stirring till smooth. This will be a gloppy process at first, but the batter will smooth out as you continue to beat gently.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
7. Bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes, until it springs back when lightly pressed in the center, and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Remove the cake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool while you make the icing.
9. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a large mixing bowl, and set it aside.
10. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter and add the cream. Add esspresso to the hot water, add to the pan, and bring the mixture just to a boil.
11. Immediately pour the simmering liquid over the confectioners' sugar in the bowl, and beat till smooth.
12. Pour the warm frosting over the cake. If you wait too long and the frosting stiffens up, making it difficult to spread it over the cake.
13. Combine the chocolate chips, milk, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe cup. Microwave till the chips soften, then stir till smooth.
14. Drizzle/drip the chocolate over the icing. You can do this while the icing is still warm, or wait till it's cooled.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:19 AM   #3
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Favorite Chocolate beverage: Godiva Liqueur Martini
Favorite Chocolate bar: Snicker's
Favorite Chocolate dessert: Chocolate lava cake with ganache
Favorite Chocolate Confection: dark chocolate truffles
What is the best Chocolate item you've made/created: Mexican Chocolate Cookies
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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I usually only eat chocolate during the eating season from late October through April so some of my answers are seasonal and for the most part pretty basic.

For a beverage it would be hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint schnapps and some whipped cream with a candy cane stirrer.

Candy bar would be a Reese's cup or a Kit Kat

Chocolate dessert is either Andy M's chocolate snack cake or Hershey's Chocolate Bar Pie.

A confection would be a box of Chocolate Truffles or a box of good quality miniatures for Christmas.

The best thing I make is The Hershey Bar Pie or one of it's many variations everyone seems to like it.

Hershey Bar Pie

12 ounces Hershey chocolate bars, plain or with almonds.
16 large marshmallows
1/3 cup milk
1cup heavy whipping cream

2 T confectioners’ sugar
1 t real vanilla extract
1 9 inch pie crust of your choice. Plain pastry blind baked, chocolate crumb, graham cracker crumb, etc…


Breakup chocolate bars and place in the top of a double boiler along with the milk and the marshmallows. Stir over simmering hot water until everything is melted, do not boil. Let the chocolate mixture cool. Whip cream to form stiff peaks, add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Combine half of the whipped cream mixture with the cooled chocolate mixture and mound into the pie shell. Chill for at least two hours. When serving use the remaining whipped cream to decorate each slice.

Notes
You can add instant espresso powder to the marshmallow mixture while it is melting start with a teaspoon and go up to a tablespoon.

I usually make it in the morning and let it chill 6 to 8 hours.

I usually whip half the cream and make the pie, then whip the remaining cream just before serving.




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Old 08-20-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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Favorite Chocolate beverage: Hot cocoa made from scratch
Favorite Chocolate bar: Hershey's Dark Chocolate
Favorite Chocolate desert: Scratch warm chocolate pudding
Favorite Chocolate Confection: See above - Pudding
What is the best Chocolate item you've made/created: Hershey's Back of the cocoa can cake filled with whipped cream and covered with Hershey's frosting.

I am not a sweet eater. Too much sugar turns me off right away.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #6
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Favourite Chocolate beverage: Hot Chocolate (I use Green & Black's Cocoa and I make it in the microwave - is that bad?) (It tastes great and has a lovely creamy froth on top so it works for me!)
Favourite Chocolate bar: Green & Black's dark chocolate with almonds
Favourite Chocolate desert: Fresh Cream Profiteroles with chocolate sauce
Favourite Chocolate Confection: Chocolate coated Brazil nuts or Ferraro Roche (I think chocolate and nuts are a divine combination)
What is the best Chocolate item you've made/created: I am very poor at cooking with chocolate. I did make some quite palatable chocolate and hazlenut biscuits a few months ago though.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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Favorite chocolate beverage: good ol' chocolate milk
Favorite chocolate bar: Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds
Favorite chocolate dessert: double layer chocolate cake w choc frosting
Favorite chocolate confection: Norman Love's chocolate covered toffee
What is the best chocolate item you have made: a chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and frosting for my Reese's-flavors-loving DDIL.

Norman Love is a local chocolatier who makes the most gorgeous chocolates. Check out his website.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:31 PM   #8
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Thank you so much for sharing this Bea

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Hershey Bar Pie

12 ounces Hershey chocolate bars, plain or with almonds.
16 large marshmallows
1/3 cup milk
1cup heavy whipping cream

2 T confectioners’ sugar
1 t real vanilla extract
1 9 inch pie crust of your choice. Plain pastry blind baked, chocolate crumb, graham cracker crumb, etc…


Breakup chocolate bars and place in the top of a double boiler along with the milk and the marshmallows. Stir over simmering hot water until everything is melted, do not boil. Let the chocolate mixture cool. Whip cream to form stiff peaks, add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Combine half of the whipped cream mixture with the cooled chocolate mixture and mound into the pie shell. Chill for at least two hours. When serving use the remaining whipped cream to decorate each slice.

Notes
You can add instant espresso powder to the marshmallow mixture while it is melting start with a teaspoon and go up to a tablespoon.

I usually make it in the morning and let it chill 6 to 8 hours.

I usually whip half the cream and make the pie, then whip the remaining cream just before serving.




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Old 08-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #9
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I love the sound of this one, cheers 40

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Sourdough Chocolate Cake

INGREDIENTS
Cake
1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup milk, whole
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup natural cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1 shot espresso
2 large eggs
Icing
6 cups confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 shots espresso
1 tablespoon hot water
Drizzle
2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, 1/3 cup
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 shot espresso

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Combine the "fed" starter, milk, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours. It won't necessarily bubble, but it may have expanded a bit.
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, vanilla, salt, baking soda, cocoa. and espresso. The mixture will be grainy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Gently combine the chocolate mixture with the starter-flour-milk mixture, stirring till smooth. This will be a gloppy process at first, but the batter will smooth out as you continue to beat gently.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
7. Bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes, until it springs back when lightly pressed in the center, and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Remove the cake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool while you make the icing.
9. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a large mixing bowl, and set it aside.
10. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter and add the cream. Add esspresso to the hot water, add to the pan, and bring the mixture just to a boil.
11. Immediately pour the simmering liquid over the confectioners' sugar in the bowl, and beat till smooth.
12. Pour the warm frosting over the cake. If you wait too long and the frosting stiffens up, making it difficult to spread it over the cake.
13. Combine the chocolate chips, milk, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe cup. Microwave till the chips soften, then stir till smooth.
14. Drizzle/drip the chocolate over the icing. You can do this while the icing is still warm, or wait till it's cooled.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:21 PM   #10
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Favorite Chocolate beverage: Kahlua Mudslide with Chocolate Swirls
Favorite Chocolate bar: 3 Musketeers
Favorite Chocolate desert: Chocolate Lava Cake
Favorite Chocolate Confection: Fudge
What is the best Chocolate item you've made/created: Malted Mocha Frosted Brownies
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