Where were you the day you found out that dark chocolate is healthy for you? I am sure I was the first in line in some store with my chocolate purchase! The cookbook Intensely Chocolate: 100 Scrumptious Recipes for True Chocolate Lovers, by Carole Bloom contains dessert recipes for cakes, brownies, muffins, tarts, cookies, custard, candies and frozen desserts. Now chocolate lovers have 100 ways to get their fix with high-cacao, high-quality chocolate in Carole Bloom’s Intensely Chocolate.
About the Book – Intensely Chocolate: 100 Scrumptious Recipes for True Chocolate Lovers (Wiley Hardcover; $29.95; October 18,2010. ISBN – 978-0-470-55101-1 224 pages. From classic favorites like Bittersweet Chocolate-Hazelnut Souffle Cake and Bittersweet Chocolate-Coconut Biscotti to new creations like Mocha-Walnut Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting, Cocoa and Bittersweet Chocolate Frangipane Tart, and Luscious Gianduia Squares, Intensely Chocolate offers a wealth of fantastic ideas.
Packed with sumptuous photography, helpful guidance on ingredients and techniques, and simple step-by-step instructions, Intensely Chocolate speaks to home confectioners of any skill level. Carole Bloom shows how to properly handle and store chocolate, the subtle differences between chocolate varieties and how to incorporate other ingredients like fruits, nuts, and spices.
About the Author – Carole Bloom is a European-trained pastry chef and confectioner, as well as the author of eight cookbooks on desserts, including Bite-Size Desserts, The Essential Baker, All About Chocolate and The Chocolate Lover’s Cook for Dummies, all from Wiley Press. She has worked as a pastry chef at renowned hotels from Switzerland to California and writes frequently for such websites and publications as Epicurious.com, Culinate.com, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, Eating Well, Cooking Light and Chocolatier, among others.
The Review- The pictures in Intensely Chocolate are truly gorgeous – my mouth was watering as I flipped through the pages and gawked at Milk Chocolate Cheesecake Tarts, Bittersweet Chocolate Coins and frozen treats like Cocoa and Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet, to name a few. The Gianduia Mousse Cake also caught my eye. This is a flourless cake described as having a light quality yet deeply flavored with the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts known as gianduia.
I decided to save the Gianduia Mousse Cake for another time and I made the Bittersweet Chocolate Caramel Swirl Brownies – a recipe that I could make with a few readily-available ingredients. Here they are!
For someone like myself, who likes to keep things quick and easy, this recipe was quite involved. The caramel sauce is prepared in two steps and the brownie batter required a few separate steps, melting the chocolate and butter, and sifting the flour before combining with the whipped eggs and sugar. So the directions were involved, but simple enough that even I was able to make these out-of-the ordinary brownies and receive rave reviews for my efforts. View my slide show below that shows the major steps to make these brownies.
Nearly my entire family sampled the brownies – Grant and the kids and my parents. Here are some comments – “mmmm…they are REALLY good.” and “I think it’s yummy, another brownie please!”
After we all had our samples, that small plate of brownies actually made it to my niece’s birthday party – and they were a hit over there also. The brownies had a fudge-like consistency with just right amount of caramel flavor.
There is no doubt that true home chocolatiers will love Intensely Chocolate. Even the not so daring cooks like myself will find they can easily get adventurous and make extraordinary recipes like a confectioner (well sort of :)! )
Buy It – Intensely Chocolate is available on Amazon.com for $20.12.
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