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Flourless Brownies

In Chocolate, Desserts on April 12, 2009 at 5:19 am

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Since it`s passover, and I was asked to bring a flourless dessert to some Seder, I thought that brownies would be the perfect dessert. I was trying to find a recipe that did not include matzo meal or other flour substitute.  I found this recipe, by the lovely Nigella Lawson, that included ground nuts – just what I was looking for.

This recipe is an perfect replacement for the ordinary brownies, and also have a great nutty flavor. Also, it is a one bowl recipe, a thing that makes it just perfect. With these few ingredients, you get a very, very rich result.

To make the brownies look perfect after cutting them, I suggest, as I do with all brownies recipes, to put them in the fridge for at least two hours, and only when chilled, cut then into squares. Though it is not suggested in the recipe, I stored the brownies in the fridge, and served them just out from the fridge.

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Daring Bakers- Chocolate Valentino (Flourless Chocolate Cake)

In Cakes, Chocolate, daring bakers, Desserts on February 28, 2009 at 1:13 am

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The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE’s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.
We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.chocolate cake

 When I first saw this recipe, I was really looking forward to make it. This turned out to be a bit ironic – The recipe’s name is “Chocolate Valentino” and it is supposed to be a great recipe for valentines day, but I decided to make it in one of the most depressing days, the elections day.  Now, without getting into politics, let me just say that that day was not only rainy and gray, the result were also very much depressing. Certainly not a day to make a nice cake like this one. That day could also explain the poor photos this time, it was so gray outside, that I just couldn`t get any nice pictures, sorry!

Making the cake was quite easy. I halved the recipe, and baked it in a buttered muffins tin. The texture of the cake was a bit sandy, but the flavor was very nice. Since we are not patient people, we ate the cake while it was still a bit warm, and it later turned out that this cake is best when completely chilled.

Because I don’t own an ice cream machine, I decided to make vanilla semifreddo instead. I choose a recipe by Jamie Oliver, and it turned to be delicious, and it had quite a nice texture.

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Chocolate Stout Cake

In Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts on February 12, 2009 at 12:02 am

chocolate stout cake

This cake is the perfect chocolate cake. It has anything you would want to find in one: moist, with a great chocolatey flavor, not oily, and has a delicious ganache topping. I loved this cake so much that I`ve made it twice in the same weekend (and the fact the one bottle of Guinnes was enough to make exactly 1.5 batches was also very helpful).

I strongly suggest that you make the cake with the ganache, without it the cake is delicious, but the addition af the ganache makes it extra extra delicious. Besides of that, this cake is simple to make (though the baking time may be longer, as it was in my oven), and there is not one good reason why you would not go and buy a bottle of Guinnes right now, and run to make this cake.

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Jacques Torres’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

In Chocolate, cookies, Desserts on January 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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I wanted to make these recipe from the moment I saw it. I must say that this situation happens to me quite a lot; I see some recipe, and suddenly I must make it as soon as possible, no matter what.  As I said, this recipe was on my to do list for quite some time, and finally, I made it a few days ago.

I wont lie and say that this is the best mind blowing chocolate chip cookie recipe ever (though I was hoping to say that…), but this is a nice recipe, that makes nice cookies: crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside. My problem with the recipe was the slightly eggy taste that it had, though not something very noticeable, but still (and on that matter, are there any differences between the Martha’s recipe and the NY times recipe?).

I halved the recipe, since the  amount of cookies that come out of this recipe could feed a small village. Also, I used grams instead of ounces and pounds, the measurement are written brackets in case you should need it.

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M&M`s Chocolate cookies

In Chocolate, cookies, Desserts on December 21, 2008 at 10:45 am

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I promise you that you will fall in love with this recipe, not only because it will put a foolish smile on your face, but because of its taste.  Sure, these cookies are very sweet, nothing sophisticated here, just a great taste of fudgy cookies with an add of delicious M&M (Yes, I said delicious. Sometimes a bag of M&M is better than the any fancy  bittersweet chocolate.). Another reason to make these is the simplicity of the making, it takes about 5 minutes (if you are really slow…), and all the time goes on the baking.

I know that many people dislike very sweet cookies, but if you are planning on making these ones, don`t omit any amount of sugar, trust me on this one. This recipe is perfect as it is. Also, to make sure that you will get a perfectly baked cookie, make sure not to over bake the cookies, and take them out from the oven even before they look ready (they should be a bit firm on the sides, and very soft in the middle).

So if you are in a gloomy mood, or  just want to make someone happy, make these ones, they will do the job.

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Rugelach

In Bread, Chocolate on December 14, 2008 at 9:32 am

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Note: This recipe is for yeast based rugelach that are more common in Israel. These rugelach are very different from the cheese cream dough based ones, and are just like little yeast cakes.

I think that freshly bakes yeast rugelach is the perfect way to check people`s will power. First, they`ll say that they are on a diet. Then, they will ask you to bring them a half just to make sure that the rugelach are fine. After that, they will start eating these without any conscience, They`ll tell you that they just can`t stop.

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There is nothing like the smell of a freshly bakes yeast cake filling the house, and I do mean nothing. I think that most people love rugelach, there is just something so comforting about them, the chocolaty flavor with the soft yeas dough, that makes this just delicious.

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I`ve given this specific yeast dough in the past, but I`m putting it here again simply because it is really good, and because it is very variable-  make it as a yeast cake, or as rugelach, fry it up to make doughnut or make cinnamon rolls, basically, anything goes with this one.

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(How could you possibly say no to one of these?)

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Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

In Chocolate, Desserts on November 20, 2008 at 8:00 pm

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I really don`t know what breakfast cookies mean, but I do know that they are tasty. I won`t say that these cookies are one of a kind, very delicious or amazing, but they are a nice add to my long list of chocolate chip cookie recipes.

I do have one request, though. I am always looking for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, one that makes chewy but crisp cookies, not too thin, yet not too thick. I`ve tried so many, that I can`t even count, and still have not managed to make THE perfect cookie. If you think that you have an idea of where I could find the perfect recipe, please let me know.

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Fudge Drops

In Chocolate, Desserts on November 3, 2008 at 8:19 pm

This is the best chocolate cookie recipe that I have ever tried. seriously. I can’t even try to describe the great flavor, let alone the great texture. Try to imagine- you take a bite and suddenly there`s a strong chocolate flavor with a slight hint of coffee, then, the texture- the cookie melts in your mouth, like a chocolate mousse. Have you succeed? if not, I urge you to try this recipe!

One thing tough, that did not turned out right is the look. This cookie is supposed to have a shiny coating with cracks, but mine don`t have any, so, maybe you`ll do better than I did.

Yes, I know I have sparkly blue nail polish. I am a teenager, and shocking nail polishes are a part of growing up (Right?), what can I say, it happens to the best of us. (but hey, at least it matches the backgrounds color).

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White Chocolate Mocha Cookies

In Chocolate, Desserts on October 26, 2008 at 1:10 am

This is my most useful cookie recipe, to be exact this is the one recipe that I make the most. ever.

Well, the obvious question is why? I`ll tell you- this recipe is easy to make, and takes no time. Every time I make it everybody (and I do mean everybody) loves it , and the most important- this recipe always turn out great.

If you plan to try this one, please pay attention to one thing- the oven temperature. Please don`t be tempted to bake it a higher temperature. It would simply mess the final result.

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Mini Brioches Filled With Chocolate Truffle

In Bread, Chocolate, Desserts on October 24, 2008 at 1:23 am

Brioche is a very rich eggy bread, in the fine line between bread and sweet yeast cake. This is not very sweet, but the texture us so rich, and full of rich butter flavot (but not greasy!), that you will find yourself ignoring all the calories, and eating one after the other.

You may think that the brioche dough may be time consuming and hard to make, but, in fact, the mixer does all of your hard work, and after one night in the fridge, the dough is very easy to work with.

The thing that may be time consuming is making the chocolate truffles, but you can easily replace them with easier fillings like jam or Nutella spread.

Note: The recipe does not call for any liquids except the yolks. When I made the dough it did not form into a ball, but remained crumbly. I added about 1\4 cup of water, until the dough was a little sticky. I suggest that you make the recipe as it is, and if you see that you need to add liquids, add them, but do it slowly, just until you get a dough at the right texture.

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