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Posts for February 7th 2011
Chocolate and coffee have always been a match made in heaven, and that's the case with this recipe for cupped cakes. Before the invention of muffin tins, cakes were often cooked in small oven-safe coffee cups, hence the name went from being cupped cake to what it's called now, the cupcake.
The original recipe calls for chicory coffee, but after searching high and low, I couldn't find any, so I substituted a strong brewed coffee. This eggless cake is an easy souffle with a lava-like center; it's sure to thrill the chocoholics in your life. While the cake cooks, there's plenty of time to light candles and sit down to a romantic dinner. Get ready to dip your spoon into this gooey cupped cake — just keep reading for the recipe.
Apparently, Top Chef season two winner Ilan Hall has a new dream. The owner of Los Angeles restaurant The Gorbals wants to be on Dancing With the Stars. He hopes to be on the dance competition, which takes C-list and reality stars and turns them into ballroom dancers, so much that he's started a Facebook campaign.
Although ABC has not announced the cast for the 12th season of the show, which is set to debut on Monday, March 21, one can't help but wonder if a celebrity chef will participate.
Previous competitors have included Rocco DiSpirito and Iron Chef America's chairman, Mark Dacascos. While Rachael Ray recently bared all in a Dancing With the Stars costume, I would love to see someone like Eric Ripert or Padma Lakshmi compete in the show. How about you? Which chefs would make good entertainment on Dancing With the Stars?
The best part about Valentine's Day are the luscious desserts that come with it, and that's something that anyone, single or coupled up, can appreciate. So why not take the dessert indulgence to the next level and put it in a glass with booze? That's exactly what I did when I got my hands on Godiva Chocolate Liqueur.
If liquid dessert's your thing, there's no better drink than a White Russian, which has had a resurgence in the last decade, thanks to many cameos in the cult film The Big Lebowski. Adding chocolate essence to the mix makes drinking the whole thing even more sumptuous. Want the recipe? Then read more.
Adapted from the Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide for iPhone
Chocolate White Russian
1 ounce coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka
Milk or cream
- Pour coffee liqueur and vodka into ice-filled old-fashioned glass and fill with milk or cream.
Makes 1 drink.
- Bratwurst and Buffalo wings: what was on the menu at President Obama's Super Bowl party.
- Bratwurst and Buffalo wings: what was on the menu at President Obama's Super Bowl party. — Obama Foodorama
- Nine pink Champagnes that are worth a splurge. — San Francisco Chronicle
- Martha Stewart gets revenge on David Letterman. — Eater
- A meal at El Bulli in photographs. — Flickr
- It's time to reconsider sherry, especially in cocktails. — LA Times Magazine
- Andrew Zimmern meets a dish he can't stomach. — Huffington Post Food
- What did you think of Groupon's Super Bowl ads? — Daily Intel
- Michelle Obama has turned her attention toward restaurant nutrition. — New York Times
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Nutella Sandwich Cookies
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup skinned whole hazelnuts
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
Topping and Assembly
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
4 ounces semisweet chocolate melted
3/4 cup Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread
- Put the flour, nuts, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment and process until the nuts are finely ground. Turn the machine on, add the butter a few pieces at a time through the feed tube, and process until evenly combined.
- Pulse in the almond extract and run the machine until the mixture begins to form large, moist clumps. Form into two very flat disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm enough to roll. The dough may be refrigerated overnight or frozen for up to 1 month; defrost in the refrigerator overnight before proceeding.
- Position racks in the upper and lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325. Line two jelly roll pans with parchment paper and set aside.
- Remove one disk from the refrigerator and roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness between two very lightly floured pieces of parchment paper. Cut out large cookies and place on prepared cookie sheet at least 1 inch apart. Cut out a small cookie from the center of half the cookies. If you like, you can bake these smaller cookies together on a third baking sheet but their baking time will be less.
- Repeat with the remaining dough. You will need to reuse the pans a few times. Take care to make sure you have the same number of solid cookies bottom and cut out cookie tops.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes for small cookies and 20 to 25 minutes for the larger cookies or just until the cookies turn light brown around the edges. Cool completely on the pans set on racks.
- Dust the tops of the cookies with confectioners' sugar or use a parchment cone or plastic ziploc with the tip cut out and make zigzags back and forth over the cookies. Allow the chocolate to firm up.
- Use a small offset spatula to spread a thin layer of nutella on the flat bottoms of large solid cookies. Carefully sandwich the decorative cutout cookie top with the cookie bottoms.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
From Fine Cooking
Chocolate Cupped Cupcakes With Coffee
2 cups plus 2 Tbs. sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3 tsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/4 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup brewed New Orleans-style chicory coffee or strong brewed coffee
- Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray the insides of 6 large oven-safe coffee cups or six 6-oz. ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
- To make the cocoa sprinkle, whisk 1/4 cup of the sugar, the light brown sugar, and 2 Tbs. of the cocoa powder in a small bowl until most of the brown sugar lumps are broken up, and set aside.
- Using a stand mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer), blend the butter and remaining sugar together on medium speed until the sugar looks like wet sand, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the cream and vanilla, mixing until well blended, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Whisk the flour, the remaining cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl and then add it to the butter mixture. Mix on low speed until a stiff dough comes together, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 15 seconds.
- Divide the batter between the coffee cups, filling each one about half full, using the back of a spoon to press the batter into the cup. Top each with 2 Tbs. of the reserved cocoa sprinkle and then pour 3 Tbs. of coffee over the cocoa. Bake until the cakes soufflé up and the top of each cake is crusty and dry on top with no visible wet spots, about 55 minutes to 1 hour. Cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
- Dust with cocoa powder, if desired.
Welcome to chocolate week! That's right, you read that correctly; all this week on YumSugar we are devoting ourselves to chocolate. From tips to recipes, we have a lot of fun things lined up. Let's begin with this roundup of our favorite chocolate dishes. Here are 10 recipes that would be a perfect finish to any meal — be it a special Valentine's Day dinner or simply a Friday night.