Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Raspberry (or Strawberry) Chocolate Macarons

Macarons, with their crisp shells and soft fillings, are the current darlings of the pastry scene. Admittedly tricky to make, their finicky nature has resulted in countless, wildly different recipes to produce ‘proper’ macarons, with thin, crisp, un-cracked shells and bubbly ‘feet’ at the base. This recipe uses an Italian meringue as its [...]

Chocolate-Madarin Charlotte

A Charlotte is a classic French dessert composed of a mold of liqueur-soaked ladyfingers and filled with a Bavarian cream or mousse filling. This one combines a decadent dark chocolate mousse, Cointreau-brushed ladyfingers, and the lively tang of fresh satsumas or tangerines. Elegantly tall, crowned with drift of creme chantilly (whipped cream) and bound with a wide ribbon. It makes a glorious finale to a festive holiday meal.

Almond Poires Belle Hélène — Oven-Poached Pears with Almond Filling and Chocolate Sauce

Poires belle Hélène is a classic French dessert of poached pears served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. This recipe adds a decadent twist by oven-poaching the pears and stuffing each with a luscious hunk of almond paste, then further guilds the lily by adding a dollop of Provence lavender honey to the chocolate sauce, its subtle floral notes enhancing the flavor of the pears.

Chocolate-Chestnut Macarons

Macarons are the petite jewels of the dessert set. Dainty, yet decadent. At once crunchy and chewy. Delicately tinted or neon-hued to indicate the flavor combinations, filled with tart jams, decadent buttercreams, tangy citrus curds, rich ganaches… the variations are endless, and delicious. Macarons aren’t difficult to make, given a good recipe, proper equipment, and the right technique, so this recipe gives detailed info on how and why to do things. Allez, let’s make some macarons!

Chocolate Biscuit Cake: Fit for a … Prince!

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, Prince William induced a raised royal eyebrow or two with his request that the royal wedding feast include a groom’s cake based on a favorite childhood tea-time treat, chocolate biscuit cake — groom’s cakes are an American tradition, not an English one. But one bite of this festive, decadent creation and you’ll understand why HRH considered it an essential addition!

As with many simple, good desserts there are many variations on the recipe. This one includes brandy-spiked raisins and crunchy toasted hazelnuts, but you could use any chopped dried fruit and toasted nuts — or none at all. The Biscuit Cake is quite rich, so a small slice usually suffices.

Gingercakes with Chocolate Truffle Filling

Gingersnaps are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, glittering with the sugar they’re rolled in before baking.

Gingercakes are something entirely different: soft, spicy, luxuriously thick. In addition to the classic gingersnap duo of ginger and cinnamon, they include a spicy hit of cloves. Paired with a chocolate truffle filling, they create a perfect little indulgence to accompany a cup of coffee or tea as the finale to a meal or an afternoon treat.

Soft-Centered Chocolate Cakes with Blood Orange Granita

Individual almost-flourless chocolate cakes with delectably oozy centers, paired with magenta-pink blood orange granita and créme chantilly. The tastes and textures combine in wonderful ways: intense dark chocolate, fluffy on the outside and molten on the inside; tangy, crystal-crunchy granita, and rich, lightly sweet cream.

Deconstructed Chocolate-Rum Charlotte
(aka, “Eiffel Trifle”)

A Charlotte is a classic French dessert composed of a mold of liqueur-soaked ladyfingers and filled with a Bavarian cream or mousse filling. Delicious, but fiddly to make, what with trimming all those ladyfingers to fit and getting (and keeping!) them positioned in the mold just so. This recipe solves that problem brilliantly: fuse the components of a decadent chocolate-rum Charlotte with the assembly technique of an English trifle.

Chocolate-Chestnut Pavé with Raspberry Coulis

Chestnut purée (also called crème de marrons) is a delicacy from the chestnut-growing regions of France, Spain and Italy. It is available in two forms: one plain, the other sweetened and flavored with vanilla. Its delicately sweet and nutty flavor pairs beautifully with chocolate and dark rum.
Pavé is a French word for [...]

Chocolate-Caramel Hazelnut Tart

This is a showstopper of a dessert: a crisp nutty tart shell, a soft, rich layer of caramel studded with crunchy hazelnuts, topped with a dark chocolate layer that lies somewhere between a flourless chocolate cake and a ganache, garnished with sparkly caramelized hazelnuts. It’s a sophisticated balancing act between sweet, bitter, and salty flavors.