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Chocolate Soy Pudding with Pistachio Brittle

Soy pudding can be good. But it will be only as good as your soy milk is. And this is also possible, you just have to sample and find the favorite one. The flavor of the soy milk differs significantly,… Continue reading →

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake with Nib Brittle and Balsamic Strawberries

I don’t know what to say to people who tell me that this cake is better than sex. I guess, it’s entirely depends on a personal experience. But I do know for sure the cheesecake is quite good. I prefer… Continue reading →

Chocolate Basil Crinkles

Basil pairs nicely with chocolate, well, at least in my opinion. The crinkles are not the only chocolate things I flavor with this herb. I like to flavor French chocolate ganache tart and pots de crème with basil, it is… Continue reading →

Checkerboard Cookies

This is an old classic, not really original – just simple chocolate and vanilla dough put together. Yet it always surprises me how people react when I offer them the cookies (or maybe they are just easily impressed here :)… Continue reading →

Hot Chocolate

… is comforting and delicious, especially on a rainy, or not-so-rainy, but chilly day. To be honest, I love it without any connection with weather conditions or time of the day. It can be topped with whipped cream but I… Continue reading →

Italian Chocolate Nut Torte (Torta Cioccolata)

I adapted this cake recipe from Alice Medrich’s “Pure Dessert” who, in her turn, borrowed the idea from Claudia Roden. I substituted a half of almonds for the hazelnuts, I think they make the flavor more interesting. The cake was… Continue reading →

Chocolate Phyllo Triangles with Cream Cheese and Nut Stuffed Dry Fruits

There were some phyllo dough leftovers occupying my fridge. I needed to get rid of it and that’s how these pastries were born. They are good and easy to make, and even worthy of buying a new package of phyllo…. Continue reading →

Chocolate Juniper Financiers with Blackberries

I had this idea in my head for a while. I wanted to combine the chocolate and blackberries with a spice beneficial mostly for pork and poultry – juniper berries. For me, it seemed like a nice match, especially with… Continue reading →

Chocolate Marzipan Stuffed Figs in Chocolate Phyllo Purses

As soon as fresh figs appear at the farm markets I start buying them greedily. It seems I can’t get enough. With their season so short I rush to cook and bake what I’ve visualized in my head before. As… Continue reading →

Chocolate Zabaione Torta with Grappa-Soaked Cherries

This torta is an adaptation of Lidia Bastianich’s recipe. Although, the only thing almost unchanged was the filling. It seemed like a shame to use canned cherries when the fresh ones are in season. I soaked the fresh cherries in… Continue reading →

Chocolate Rice Crispies, Refined and Rounded…

…by François Payard. I love French chefs’ approach to traditional American desserts. They usually transform them into something quite stylish. I made these rice crispy balls to take to my son’s kindergarten year-end picnic. I wanted something relatively weather-resistant and… Continue reading →

Chocolate and Curd Cheese Cherry Almond Danish Braid

Long title? It is, indeed. The hardest part of the new challenge was to choose just one or two fillings for the Sherry Yard’s Danish dough. As soon as the new challenge was announced, my mind got overwhelmed with the… Continue reading →

Chocolate Plastic Roses

I’m posting the recipe and step-by-step instructions for making the chocolate plastic roses. Maybe someone will find this information useful. I really do like the chocolate plastic as the cake decor. It is easy to work with, looks great, holds… Continue reading →

Brownie Lollipops with Milk Chocolate and Caramel Sauces

This is a neat solution for kids parties. Wooden sticks as handles eliminate sticky fingers and minimize the mess. But watch for the double dippers! The brownie recipe is from Nick Malgieri’s “Chocolate”. The brownies are good, very fudgy, of… Continue reading →

Chocolate Blackout Cake

This is a truly American classic. It got its name from the blackout drills performed by the Civilian Defense Corps during World War II. When the navy sent its ships to sea from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the streets of… Continue reading →

Chocolate and Grand Marnier Banana Cake

That’s what I’ve come up with after several attempts to produce a banana bread completely opposite in texture and flavor to the “traditional” banana bread – wet and sticking to your teeth, which is available, unfortunately, in almost every coffee… Continue reading →

Honey-Drizzled Chocolate Ricotta Fritters

These are wonderful and irresistible. I’m not promoting fried food here, but it won’t hurt to treat yourself once (or several times) in a while. The recipe is from “Chocolate Holidays”.

Chocolate Banana Muffins

This is not a suggesting for getting rid of scary, dark-spotted, overripen bananas. You might consider buying bananas exclusively for baking these muffins, they are sure worth it. I’m quite happy with the result of my experiments in achieving the… Continue reading →

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