Mocha Truffles

Ingredients 2 1/4 lbs. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 4 oz. milk chocolate, finely chopped 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream 1 1/2 tbsps. instant espresso powder 2 tbsps. Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur 3 to 4 tbsps. cocoa powder 60 candy coffee beans or mocha beans, for decoration Method Place 12 oz. of the bittersweet…

Bourbon Whiskey Truffles

Ingredients 4 oz. whipping cream 7 oz. Valrhona Le Noir 61% or Le Noir 68% or Caraibe 66%, finely chopped 1/2 oz. butter 1 oz. bourbon whiskey 1/2 cup Valrhona cocoa Method Bring whipping cream just to boil. Pour slowly over the chocolate and mix rapidly to create an elastic and shiny mixture. Add butter and mix…

Homemade Rocky Road

MARSHMALLOWS Ingredients 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin, powdered 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup cold water 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup light corn syrup 4 large egg whites Pinch of salt 2 tsps. vanilla extract 1½ cups cornstarch, plus more for dusting 1½ cups powdered sugar ROCKY ROAD Ingredients: 1 1/4 lbs. pounds 70% Scharffen Berger Cacao…

The Magical Tree

The cocoa tree is a  native to the American tropical rain-forest, which has evolved to utilize the shade of the heavy canopy. It originated in clumps along riverbanks in the Amazon basin on the eastern equatorial slopes of the Andes The Cacao Tree is a shade tolerant, moisture loving, understory rainforest tree. It naturally favors riparian…

Chocolate Cake

INGREDIENTS For Cake 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 cup cold water, ¼ cup canola oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract For Chocolate glaze 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, ½ cup cocoa,…

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Fudge

INGREDIENTS Nonstick cooking spray, for the pan, 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, 110.5-ounce bag miniature marshmallows, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, 1/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts DIRECTIONS Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and…

Delicious Walnut brownie

Ingredients 3.38 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup), 1 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks, divided, 1/3 cup fat-free milk, 6 tablespoons butter, melted, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, lightly beaten, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided Cooking spray Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. Weigh or lightly spoon…