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Category: Chocolate

Pears Poached in Barolo Wine

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (500 mL)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (150 mL)
1 1/4 tsp baking soda (6 mL)
1/4 tsp baking powder (1 mL)
3 eggs (3)
1 2/3 cup sugar (400 mL)
1 tsp vanilla (5 mL)
1 cup Hellmann’s Real (250 mL) Mayonnaise
1 1/3 cup water (325 mL)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Grease and flour 2 x 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pans. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl; set aside. In another large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla on high speed for 3 minutes or until creamy. Reduce speed of mixer to low and beat in mayonnaise until smooth. Next add flour mixture in 4 equal parts, alternating with water and ending with flour mixture.
Pour into prepared cake pans; bake for 30-35 minutes or until centre springs back when touched. Cool on rack 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely. Fill and frost as desired.

– News Canada

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Warm Chocolate Silk Soufflés

Ingredients:

4 ounces bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 unsalted sticks of butter
1/2 c + tbsp sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 c + 2 tsp all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
Sweeten whipped cream (optional)
Shaved chocolate or chopped pecans for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Melt chocolates in top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring until smooth. Add butter and sugar and stir until butter melts and sugar dissolves.

Transfer to a large bowl. Add eggs and next 3 ingredients and beat until mixture thickens to a mousse consistency, about 8 mins. Divide mixture into 6 lightly buttered 1 cup soufflé dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze about 3 hours.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove plastic wrap from frozen soufflés and bake for 11 mins or until edges are set but centers are moist and shiny–DO NOT OVER BAKE!!

Remove from Oven and cool 10 mins. Serve topped with sweeten whipped cream and garnish w/ the shavings or pecans–add a cherry for that special touch.

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