From Desserts in Jars 50 Sweet Treats that Shine by Shaina Olmonson
Courtesy of Rose Levy Beranbaum, Real Baking With Rose
I long resisted the charms of Rose Red Velvet Cake, believing it to be merely a layer cake tinted red with a bottle of food coloring. But when several people on my blog sang its praises, I decided to investigate it more thoroughly. It turns out that there is more to this cake than its shocking color. This beloved southern cake is traditionally prepared with oil, a mere suspicion of cocoa, and a teaspoon of white vinegar, which raises the acidity of the batter and intensifies its color. The liquid component is usually buttermilk, which is thought to raise the acidity as well, although the baking soda normally used neutralizes most of the acidity and makes the crumb more coarse and the color darker. So, when I created my
version of this classic, I used only baking powder to employ the full acidity of the buttermilk, making vinegar unnecessary. I also used half oil and half butter for the flavor-enhancing qualities of butter and the moist, softening quality of the oil. The resulting cake is as flavorful and tender as you can hope for and stays soft enough to eat even straight from the fridge. A heart-shape pan is perfect for Valentine’s Day. And the contrast of the white chocolate cream cheese buttercream against the red cake is alluring.
Chocolate truffles are one of the easiest candies to make, and they’re always a hit as dessert, with tea or coffee.
I found this recipe in the food section of our local newspaper and couldn’t resist sharing it. It sounds so completely, deliciously, sinful !!
Courtesy of Janet Sawyer, Little Pod, UK
This recipe is written for those of you who are in the UK or other countries who measure with grams. It’s truly a delicious recipe that Janet served for the first anniversary party for Little Pod, held at the Chelsea Physic Gardens in London.
Beth Hensperger is an amazing baker and the go-to person for when you need to know anything that has to do with baking.
Adapted from Carolyn Weil’s recipe from The Baker’s Dozen Cookbook
Densely rich and chocolatey, this gluten-free, dairy-free torte will surpass your expectations. It did mine. It’s perfect for vegans as well as those of us who can’t tolerate gluten or dairy. A sensational, show-stopping dessert, it’s especially good with raspberries and raspberry coulis. Even those people who recoil at the idea of tofu, would never guess that this dessert contains tofu.
Courtesy of Susie Norris, author of Chocolate Bliss
Susie says about ganache: Ganache is one of the great creations of the chocolate world. it is a very versatile emulsion of melted chocolate and cream. It can be poured as a glaze, whipped to make icing, piped to decorate cakes, shaped into truffles, thickened with butter, flavored with alcohol and herbal infusions, or blended with fruit. While you can certainly make ganache by hand with warm chocolate, warm cream, and a whisk, the food-processor method, below, is favored by many pastry chefs and chocolatiers. The rapid action of the machine’s blades creates a smooth texture and a very stable emulsion. Immersion blenders work well too. If you envision a cake with thick icing layers and decorations, double this recipe. (The perfect chocolate cake for ganache? Gift of the Gods Cake, also by Susie Norris.)
Courtesy of Susie Norris, author of Chocolate Bliss
Susie says, This is my favorite fudge cake. It is light, but also buttery, chocolaty, soft, and moist. Its texture is strong enough to hold up to butter cream, which can drag a lesser cake down. This cake works well with Sweet Bittersweet Ganache (recipe below.)
Makes 2 (8-inch) cake layers
This is killer, no way around it. And it’s worth every bite! I don’t like corn syrup so I use honey or agave as a substitute. It works just fine. If you do use corn syrup, you may want to add a little more sugar to the recipe as agave is sweeter than sugar.
This is the ideal recipe for extreme milk chocolate truffles or borderline semisweet chocolate. By extreme milk chocolate, I mean chocolate that has a minimum of 30% cocoa butter. Tahitian vanilla works well with milk chocolate because of its fruity, floral flavor.
Chocolate that is smooth and rich in flavor is ideal for using in mousse.
You can use either milk or dark chocolate, but if you use milk, make certain that it is at least 35% cacao.
What’s special about this recipe is that it’s cooked. Most mousses are not cooked, which can be a problem for anyone with a compromised immune system. While cooking adds an extra step, you don’t need to be concerned about using eggs.
Courtesy of Lauren Groveman
Courtesy of Lisa Savage
Courtesy of Flo Braker
Here’s a fun recipe from Flo’s book, Baking for All Occasions. It makes a great hostess
gift as do many of her delectable recipes.
Flo says: Baking the silky, intense chocolate topping on crunchy (firm) shortbread makes for neatly cut brownies that will lend panache to any dessert time.
What I love about these cookies is that they are deeply chocolate, slightly crisp and chewy on the outside and moist inside. Just before serving, pop them into a microwave for a few seconds or a warm (not hot) oven for a few minutes to melt the chocolate a little. Delicious!
Cookie? Cake? Extreme Candy Bar?
It’s hard to know how to define a Nanaimo bar with it’s cookie crust, icing filling and chocolatey topping, but whatever you call it and however you serve it, one thing’s for sure… It’s decadent and delicious!
Courtesy of Carole Bloom
Bourbon vanilla buttercream is the perfect accompaniment to this classic American chocolate cake. Be sure to use natural — not Dutch-processed — cocoa powder, which provides deeper flavor and darker color to the cake.