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Chocolate Gelato


A mouthwatering creamy chocolate gelato photo from Cooking On The Weekends on Flickr.

I have no particular fondness for intensely chocolaty chocolate ice cream. But this recipe is totally a winner! I have been experimenting with ice cream at home and I guess I might just love this chocolate gelato more than any other ice cream I have done at home.

Recipe

4-1/2 cups whole milk

5 cups very finely grated or chopped, semisweet chocolate (1 pound, 4 ounces)

5 egg yolks (from large eggs)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1-1/2 cups very finely grated or chopped bittersweet chocolate (6 ounces)

Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream


A fancy ice cream photo from stickygooeychef on Flickr.

A plain chocolate ice cream is actually one of my least favorite ice cream flavor. But this recipe, despite its fancy name, definitely changed my taste for chocolate. It is unbelievably worth craving for! You make the ganache by simply melting semisweet chocolate with some heavy ice cream. That gets stirred into a custard which only takes a few minutes. Just chill it overnight, then pour it into your ice cream maker and there you go! You can add colorful sprinkles to have an enticing look and make it even richer.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Bouquet


Here is a great video showing how to make a lovely chocolate dipped strawberry bouquet. You can use many different types of chocolate – bittersweet, white, or another favorite.

She uses a microwave to melt the chocolate, and super fresh strawberries.

This would make a lovely gift for Valentine’s day or a friend’s birthday!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes


More photos and the full recipe can be found at Sugarcrafter.net.

These cupcakes look complicated, but reading through the recipe, it actually doesn’t look so hard to make. She uses Hershey’s Deep Dark Chocolate cake mix and the Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough recipe from Hershey’s as well.

You basically fill your lined cupcake pans 2/3rd full with chocolate cake mix, then add a Tablespoon or so of the cookie mix to the middle of each cupcake and bake for 30 minutes.

I’ve got to try these!

Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

Photo and recipe from TheBrokenOne on Flickr.

These amazing “brownie cakes” are very simple to make.

Step One: Prepare you brownie batter (using a boxed brownie mix is fine)

Step Two: Spread peanut butter over two Oreo Cookies (1 TB on each cookie)

Step Three: Put Oreo Cookies in a muffin pan (with liners) and drip brownie mix on top of them (2 TB should be fine). Let the mix drip down over the cookies and then bake them for 18-20 minutes.

Chocolate Cake with Pistachios and Raspberries

An absolutely wonderful photo and recipe from latartinegourmande.com.

To start, bake you best chocolate cake and cut it into squares. Then, for the topping, you will use:

  • 7 oz raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons blond cane sugar or confectioner’s sugar
  • 7 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, seeded

You will mix the mascarpone with the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until smooth and spreadable. Then take this mixture and spread it over chocolate squares, and top with raspberries.

Yum!

 

Chocolate Covered Pretzels


This lovely photo comes from the Dolcetto Confections Blog.

Chocolate covered pretzels are always a great snack, but here they are taken to the next level!

The cute heart sprinkles would make this a lovely Valentine’s Day gift for a pretzel lover. Unique and delicious!