Don't you just love learning how to make chocolate recipes? There are more of these than any other one group using such an ingredient. Chocolate is the most popular flavor around the world. All chocolate made for baking starts out as unsweetened chocolate. The difference in the brands of chocolate is the quality of the chocolate used and the processing of the chocolate. Once additional flavoring is added to the chocolate, you might have bittersweet, semi sweet or sweet chocolate.
As you are learning how to make chocolate recipes you will find that various ones will call for one or more of these
chocolates. The difference between one chocolate and another is related
to the cocoa butter or shortening used to make the chocolate as well as
the amount of sugar added. Try different brands to find which you like
best and discover many chocolate edibles that tease the senses and satisfies your taste buds.
The cacao tree, the origination of chocolate, is cultivated chiefly in Mexico, South American and the West Indies. Cocoa and chocolate both are prepared from the cocoa bean; broken beans are sold as cocoa nibs. I have used cocoa nibs with various spices in great chocolate recipes like crusted fish and crusted chicken breasts.
By means of hydraulic pressure, large amounts of fat (cocoa butter) are extracted from ground cocoa nibs. After pulverizing this solid mass, cocoa powder is produced. Breakfast cocoa contains more fat than a product labeled cocoa. Dutch processed cocoa is very easy to dissolve and has rich dark color. Chocolate is made from the cocoa nibs also but contains a much larger proportion of fat than does the cocoa powder.
If you are learning how to make chocolate recipes, you will find that this ingredient comes in many different forms. For best results use the ingredient recommended in the recipe; this could be German sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, semi sweet chocolate or chocolate chips. Recipes typically instruct you to melt the chocolate, unless using chips. The process to do this is to coarsely chop the chocolate and melt it in a heavy saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler. Do not cover the chocolate that is being melted; the moisture will collect under the lid and drop into the chocolate causes it to stiffen. Overcooking will cause the chocolate to burn giving it a bitter taste.
If you are learning how to make chocolate recipes this is a crowd pleaser. This is a delicious and beautiful crowd size cake recipe which my sister Gloria and I always made. It was a favorite of Mom, Dad and my husband, John. Everyone who tasted it, loved it. Gloria and I both made this recipe for special occasions and special people. Sister Gloria always said mine was better because I beat it with a large stand mixer but honestly, I thought her cake was just as good.
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Grease, line and grease THREE 8 inch cake pans; dust with flour.
Combine chocolate and water in small saucepan; place over medium low heat.
Stir mixture until completely smooth; set off to cool.
In large bowl sift together sifted flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until well blended and fluffy; set aside.
NOTE: It is important to beat well to dissolve all sugar crystals.
Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternating with the buttermilk.
Beat in the egg YOLKS one at a time beating after each addition.
Beat in the vanilla and the cooled chocolate; set aside.
With clean beaters beat the egg WHITES until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold a THIRD of the whites into the batter; fold in remaining gently.
NOTE: Do not overmix; should still see specs of whites slightly.
Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans; bake about 40 minutes until pick is clean.
Remove cakes from oven and cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.
COCONUT FROSTING RECIPE
Combine the milk, sugar, yolks and butter in a large heavy saucepan.
Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until slightly thickened.
NOTE: It is important to stir constantly to keep yolks well blended so they do not clump.
Remove from heat and stir in the coconut and pecans; cool to warm.
Spread frosting between layers, on top and sides of cake; let set until frosting sets up.
It is best to cover cake with plastic wrap and let set several hours before cutting.
Serves 20 to 25.
Learn how to make chocolate recipes by trying this rich chocolate chiffon pie.
Soften gelatin in cold water.
Combine and mix the boiling water and chocolate until dissolved and smooth.
Combine the chocolate with the gelatin mixture; stir to blend.
Add slightly beaten egg yolks, ½ cup of sugar, salt and vanilla; mix well.
Beat egg whites, gradually adding ½ cup sugar; beat until stiff.
When gelatin mixture is cool and begins to thicken fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites.
Fill pie shell and refrigerate; serve with whipped cream.
When you learn how to make chocolate recipes you must try this one called "Death by Chocolate". The name speaks for itself. When you learn how to make chocolate recipes, you will also want to experiment with using liqueurs. They add richness to most chocolate recipes and I highly recommend Godiva dark chocolate liqueur.
Bake brownies according to package directions; cool.
Punch holes in brownies with fork and pour liqueur over brownies.
Whip chocolate mousse according to package directions.
Break up toffee bars in little pieces.
Break up half of the brownies in small pieces and place in bottom of trifle dish.
Cover brownie pieces with half of the mousse; cover with half of toffee pieces and half of Cool Whip.
Make another layer using remaining brownies (break in pieces), remaining mousse, remaining toffee and remaining Cool Whip.
Refrigerate until ready to serve; dip with long handle spoon taking some of all layers.
If you are learning how to make chocolate recipes, you will want to try many of the pudding recipes with rich fudgy taste like this one. It has a crunchy top crust and a rich fudgy pudding under the crust. Delicious served warm with scoop of ice cream.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
Add milk, butter and vanilla to dry ingredients stirring well; stir in nuts.
Pour into lightly greased 7 X 11 X 1 ½ inch baking dish.
Combine brown sugar and ¼ Cup cocoa powder and sprinkle over batter.
Pour boiling water over the top; do NOT stir.
Bake for 35 minutes; serve warm with ice cream.
Learn how to make chocolate recipes like this yummy mocha cake!
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Combine sugar, oil and eggs in large mixing bowl; beat on medium until blended.
Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cocoa powder.
Combine buttermilk and coffee together.
Add flour mixture alternately with milk/coffee mixture to egg and oil mixture. While beating on low speed.
Blend in vanilla; mix together filling.
Pour two thirds of cake batter in a greased and floured 12 cup Bundt pan.
Spoon filling evenly over cake batter; top with remaining cake batter.
Bake for 1 hour; cool for 15 minutes in pan.
Remove cake from pan and cool completely; blend glaze and spoon over cooled cake.
Combine sugar, cream cheese, egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Add chocolate morsels and coconut stirring well to blend.
Combine hot water and butter; add powdered sugar and cocoa and blend until smooth.
Stir in vanilla and spoon over cake.
Learn how to make chocolate recipes like this smooth chocolate mousse. It is an elegant and easy mousse recipe to prepare. So delicious topped with whipped cream.
Melt chocolate, coffee and water together in top of double boiler over hot water (not boiling).
Blend beaten egg yolks into chocolate mixture a little at a time; add brandy.
Beat egg whites until frothy; gradually add sugar and beat until stiff.
Gently fold chocolate mixture into egg whites; spoon into dessert dishes.
Refrigerate for 4 hours or longer; top with whipped cream to serve.