Cooking with Chocolate

April 19, 2020

Cooking with Chocolate

We thought that we might share something a little bit different! We’ve done some (delicious) research and have uncovered some great and easy recipes that utilise chocolate as the key ingredient.

Before we share these scrumptious chocolate desserts, let’s get a bit informative for a minute.

Chocolate can be used as an ingredient in most recipes with almost no preparation at all. Sometimes, a recipe may ask for chocolate to be “tempered”. Tempering chocolate is a method of improving the consistency or durability of a substance by heating it and then cooling it, if you’ve seen chocolate with a nice glossy finish, it has been tempered! However, we’ve picked these recipes to be as easy as possible so they don’t require tempering of any kind.

When dealing with cooking chocolate, please be mindful of the heat involved! We want to cook the chocolate, not ourselves!

Chocolate is not only delicious, but it also has health benefits particularly when the concentration of cocoa powder is 70 percent or higher.

To put it simply, the darker the chocolate, the better.

Dark chocolate has a balance of cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, and sugar. Thus it has an attractive, rich colour and distinct flavour when compared to other types of chocolate, and it is also sweet enough to be palatable. It does not contain any milk solids. It can be eaten as is or used in cooking or baking.

Cooking with chocolate is used primarily as an ingredient in recipes such as brownies, cakes, and frostings. While an unmixed form of cooking or baking the chocolate has no added sugar, the major chocolate brands represented in the baking of most supermarkets or groceries often have those several sweetened variations you choose from.

Chocolate consumption has been associated with long with conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. They believed chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants. Some studies proved that chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.

So, let’s get into the recipes!

Fluffy Chocolate Cake

Is there anybody who doesn’t like chocolate cake!?

Let’s make a nice fluffy one!

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Total Time: 55 min

Ingredients

- 3 eggs

- 2 ½ tablespoons of honey

- ⅔ cup flour

- 6 tbsp sugar

- 30 grams of 70% dark chocolate

- 15 grams of rum (optional)

- 3 ½ tablespoons of melted butter

- 3 ½ tablespoons of ground almonds

- 85 grams of whipping cream

- ⅔ cup flour

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Steps

  1. Mix the eggs, honey, and sugar in a bowl
  2. Add the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder to the egg mixture.     
  3. Add the melted butter and the whipping cream.
  4. Mix in some rum (if you wish) and melted 70% dark chocolate
  5. Place the mixture into a greased pan and bake for 45 minutes at 160°C
  6. Enjoy!

Chocolate Coconuts

Ingredients

6 milk chocolate eggs (smooth)

165g icing (confectioners) sugar

150g desiccated coconut

12 g sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Chilling time: 10 minutes

These can be made up a week in advance. They may need to be re-brushed before serving.

Steps

  1. Cut the chocolate eggs in half with a hot knife.
  2. Warm a tray in the oven at 50°C. After which, remove the tray from the oven and place it on a tea towel on the bench or a heat resistant surface.
  3. Pick up two egg halves and place them cut side down on the warm tray to melt the edge slightly to create more of a coconut shape. Set aside at room temperature.
  4. In a bowl, mix the sieved icing sugar and desiccated coconut adding condensed milk and lemon juice and mix well until combined. If you notice the mixture is too sticky, add some more desiccated coconut; if you notice that it is too dry, add more condensed milk.
  5. Place a spoonful of the mixture into each egg half and spread it all with the back of a teaspoon to create a coconut layer. Once all the chocolate shells are a filled, place them in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  6. With a firm-bristled toothbrush or a wire brush, gently brush the outside of the chocolate shell until it resembles the husk of a coconut.

The team at Lollylicious hopes that you enjoy these recipes and would love to see some of your own creations.




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