When one owns a website titled, “chocolate & paper dot com,” one better have a bunch of chocolate recipes waiting in the wings to try. This is what today’s blog post is all about: that sweet confection called chocolate.
This past weekend, a local library held its annual Fall Book Sale. I don’t really know why, but I’ve always preferred getting my books second hand, especially if they’re no longer in print, or a reference book I can post it note up or highlight to my heart’s content. The annual Fall Book Sale is where I’ve found most of my cookbooks.
In today’s blog post, I’ll showcase two recipes from each book I’d like to attempt baking in the coming months.
CHOCOLATE: COOKING WITH THE WORLD’S BEST INGREDIENT by Christine McFadden & Christine France
Recipe 1: Frosted Chocolate Fudge Cake
Cake makes me nervous. There’s more surface area to bake through, and more can go wrong with assembling.
Ingredients: unsweetened chocolate, unsalted butter, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, plain yogurt, flour, powdered sugar, chocolate curls, dark chocolate, more butter, sugar and yogurt
Yogurt? In a cake? Now this makes me nervous. I’ve heard of cream cheese in cakes and sour cream in cookies, so … maybe?
Recipe 2: French Chocolate Cake
Isn’t funny how I said cakes make me nervous, and yet I want to try a French version?
Ingredients: bittersweet chocolate, unsalted butter, sugar, orange-flavored liqueur, eggs, flour, powdered sugar, sour cream
I think this is the only recipe on this list that feels like it’s a bit out of my wheelhouse of comfort. But hey – it’s 2021. I’m game!
HERSHEY’S FOUR BOOKS IN ONE by The Hershey Company
Recipe 1: Rich Cocoa Crinkle Cookies
Crinkle Cookies. Okay. I’ve made lemon, pumpkin and snicker doodle versions of crinkle cookies before. It looks pretty straightforward to me.
Ingredients: sugar, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, salt, powdered sugar.
I do believe that most “crinkle” cookies are rolled in sugar, be it a cinnamon sugar mix or straight up powdered sugar. The only downside is this batter needs chilled 6 hours before baking. Plan ahead for any crinkle cookies!
Recipe 2: Rich Cocoa Fudge
I find it quite amusing that they felt the need to include “cocoa” in the title (giggles childishly). Fudge is my ultimate favorite festival treat, but I have yet to make it myself.
Ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, salt, milk, butter, vanilla extract
I’m really not sure how all these things come together to become that thick deliciousness that’s fudge, but I suppose I’m about to find out!
BEST LOVED CHOCOLATE RECIPES by Barnes & Noble Books
Recipe 1: Cindy’s Fudgy Brownies
Okay – I tried baking fudgy brownies with a converted recipe from a YouTube video. Yeah. That didn’t end well. I would like to try redeeming myself with a recipe that doesn’t need converting!
Ingredients: Duncan Hines Fudge Brownie Mix, egg, Crisco, semi-sweet chocolate chips, pecans
Now no matter what recipe it is, I always omit the nuts. Largely in part to my dad’s allergies in case I share with family, but I don’t like the crunch. These are surprisingly similar to one of my mom’s recipes. And now I understand the “Favorite Brand Name” tagline on this cookbook.
Recipe 2: Gooey Caramel Chocolate Bars
Hello deceptively simple looking recipe. With only seven ingredients, I know it’s going to be the caramel that will trip me up. Why? Never have I ever made caramel.
Ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, (FOUR STICKS) of butter, light brown sugar, light corn syrup, semisweet chocolate chips
Um…did Paula Deen invent this recipe? Four sticks of butter?! That’s an entire package of Imperial!
LUSCIOUS CHOCOLATE DESSERTS by Lori Longbotham
Recipe 1: Ganache-Filled Brown Sugar Bars
This one caught my attention because my grandma on mom’s side had a similar dessert. Since I don’t know where that recipe is, I thought I’d give this one a shot!
Ingredients: flour, salt, two sticks butter, dark brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, heavy whipping cream, bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
The only part of this recipe that’s the most intimidating is slicing the bars in half and filling them with the ganache. I’ve also never made ganache before, so this one is going to be a journey!
Recipe 2: Black Velvet Chocolate Mousse
A mousse: my nemesis. Actually, ganache is also a nemesis of mine as well. Anything that needs a certain type of texture to work right is my nemesis.
Ingredients: bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, heavy whipping cream, sugar, four eggs, salt
Even though mousse may *seem easy, it’s the easy-looking recipes that are often the most difficult for me to master. I think I finally mastered pumpkin bread. Perhaps it’s time to actually tackle mousse?