True old fashioned fudge (not the kind with marshmallow crème) deserves to be elevated to the same lofty status as really good truffles and other high-quality, handmade, small-batch candies.
While this recipe involves some time and dedication, it isn’t difficult. It was inspired by a recipe in Sunset magazine, which I’ve adapted. For instance, the original recipe called for two tablespoons of hazelnut liquor, such as Frangelico. The local liquor store didn’t have any “shooter” bottles and I didn’t want to invest in a large bottle, so I added some extra vanilla extract.
This recipe is actually a classic recipe that I got off of the Baker’s unsweetened chocolate box. I use 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and I under-bake the recipe so that the brownies have a crusty topping but are moist and fudge-like inside.
Fresh off the press, Jennie Schacht’s latest book, I Scream Sandwich is out in time for summer. Here’s what she says about the following recipe:
The It’s-It company began selling scoops of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, all cloaked in chocolate, at San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach in 1928. By the time I moved to the area in 1978, the It’s-It was a well-established local phenomenon. I’ve filled my version of the novelty with a not-overly-sweet vanilla frozen custard.
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 speaks! If you are new at candy making, truffles are one of the easiest candies to make. Follow the directions and you’re in and everyone will consider you brilliant. The trick is using the best ingredients. These Dark Chocolate Truffles are made from our Nacional chocolate from Ecuador. They’re subtly sweet, with a rich, full flavor, and they’re perfect for dessert, as a small plates finish, or on a rainy or snowy day by a fireplace with Sherry or Port. Or, maybe a lunch box dessert, a consolation prize, or even just because.
I found this recipe in the food section of our local newspaper and couldn’t resist sharing it. It sounds so completely, deliciously, sinful !!
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.