Many home cooks believe that cooking with chocolate is a mystery only a select few know. However, the truth is that creating culinary confections from chocolate is easy once you understand certain basics. Home cooks commonly fail to temper chocolate properly, which can result in unattractive clumping or streaking. Following are the basics on how to melt chocolate so that it turns out smooth and glossy. Continue reading Cooking with Chocolate: Melting Temperature
Many Americans are switching to a gluten-free lifestyle after finding they have allergies or sensitivities to this protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Some are doing it for weight loss. So, as we all read over the list of ingredients on our food packaging, we naturally want to know, “Can I still eat chocolate?”
A dessert for adults only: the same treat you loved as a child, but with a spiked twist.
Put the kids to bed and cozy up as a couple to share a slice of this luscious s’mores cake. (Crackling fireplace optional.) When the occasion calls for something to impress, this no-bake creation will stir childhood memories into a sophisticated dessert. Blending rich, nutty Italian liqueurs — Kahlúa, Nocello (walnut), and Frangelico (hazelnut) — with classic s’mores ingredients, and plenty of cream and cocoa, will surely please the palette.