Chocolate Recipes

Almond Chocolate Cookie Cake Pie Recipe Recipe

Almond Chocolate Cookie Cake Pie Recipe

04.11.14 by Jackie

Have you ever cooked a turducken? In case you don't know what a turducken is, it's a deboned turkey stuffed with a deboned duck stuffed with a deboned chicken. Turduckens are usually stuffed with breadcrumb dressing. Well, the idea for this elaborate dessert is smilar in concept,  but a sweet version. I wanted to layer one dessert into another and create a special, sweet treat: a cookie cake pie.

Somehow I managed to wrestle the whole thing together and came up with a dessert that I think made sense. It consisted of an almond passion fruit cheesecake inside an almondine tart, which is stuffed into a vanilla chocolate slivered almond cookie pie and finally layered on puff pastry dough.

I rarely make exactly the same dish twice. Once you've worked on your fundamentals, you can start to use the basic recipe and create dozens of different variations. This unique dessert is a true reflection of my cuisine. I love experimenting with new dishes and seeing my loved ones enjoying the fruit of my labor. Now all I need is to come up with a clever name for this unique dessert!


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie Recipe Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie Recipe

03.24.14 by Jackie

Baking can never go wrong as long as you follow a few simple rules: use the best quality ingredients, carefully measure accurate quantities and bake at the correct temperature and cooking time. Sunny, my 18-year-old sister-in-law, has made her signature cookie pie so many times, I bet she could prepare this with her eyes closed. She keeps everything very simple using quality butter, organic brown eggs, unbleached flour, pure vanilla extract, Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate and unsulfured, blackstrap molasses (the dark, viscous kind has the highest possible extraction of sugar from raw sugar cane).

Speaking completely objectively on the subject , this is the best cookie pie ever made. We were lucky Sunny prepared 4 batches for our family brunch this weekend. The freshly baked goods were so scrumptious: sinfully rich and soft with gooey pockets of melt-y chocolate. True perfection!


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Chocolate Macarons Recipe

Chocolate Macarons

03.21.14 by Jackie

In my opinion, macarons are the epitome of a classic, elegant French dessert. If you've been following my culinary adventures, you've probably noticed how very keen I am on serving individual, miniature portions and that's exactly what I adore about macarons. They're made of a sweet meringue (egg whites, sugar and almond flour) sandwiched around a flavored filling of some sort. For this version, I used chocolate ganache (heated heavy cream poured over finely chopped exquisite, high-quality chocolate).

Cooking (and by extension baking) is an expression of love. I think the person who receives your baked goods will appreciate your effort and feel special. And that's my favorite part; I take pleasure in seeing the ones I love happy. 


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Almond Chocolate Cake with Nougatine Recipe

Almond Chocolate Cake with Nougatine

02.28.14 by Jackie

I served this indulgent chocolate dessert for tea time this week. What I like most about it was that it's gluten free, made with almond meal and the texture was so moist. I topped the individual cakes with toffee salted caramel chocolate frosting and a garnish of crushed almond brittle.

This week has gone by ridiculously fast! I'm planning on baking a lot this weekend for our weekly family brunch and will share the recipes this upcoming week. Relax and spend as much time as you can with your loved ones. Life is short. Hug them, tell them you love them and give extra attention to the ones who love you most!


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Cardamom Chocolate Mousse topped with Meringue Cookies Recipe

Cardamom Chocolate Mousse topped with Meringue Cookies

02.21.14 by Jackie

This elegant chocolate dessert might seem complicated but it really wasn't. First I prepared a cardamom-flavored chocolate mousse. The mousse required very few ingredients: milk, whipping cream, butter, sugar and of course cardamom and chocolate (the stars of this sweet treat!). You'll notice no eggs were used in this step. 

The second step is the meringue cookie topping. You can prepare the meringues way in advance and assemble the dessert at the last minute. The meringues provided a nice contrast of texture against the velvety chocolate mousse, as well a striking contrast of color. 


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