Bittersweet Black Cocoa Brownies


Chocolate anyone!? Bittersweet chocolate with a touch of black cocoa, make these one bowl brownies simply to die for!~Amy

Bittersweet Black Cocoa Brownies

1 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces divided in half

3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
3 tsp black Cocoa
1/8 tsp coarse salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 8×8 square pan or 9×13 with parchment

In a medium bowl, melt butter and 1/2 cup chocolate in the microwave. Stir together until smooth. Add sugar, stirring well. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until smooth. Stir in flour, cocoa, and salt, add in remaining bittersweet chocolate and spread evenly in prepared pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes for 8×8, or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

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Thick Dark Chocolate Chestnut Praline Hot Cocoa


Thick Dark Chocolate Chestnut Praline Hot Cocoa

4 cups milk, whole or 2%
3 tbsp Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla

1-2 tbsp Torani Chestnut Praline Syrup

*Vanilla Whipped Cream

In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together 1 cup if the milk and the cornstarch until it dissolves. Set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan, whisk together remaining milk, sugar, and cocoa. Over medium high heat bring to a simmer, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Using a thin stream, slowly whisk in milk cornstarch mixture. Bring to a low simmer and cook while stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in Praline syrup and vanilla. Stir to cool slightly. Pour into cups and serve with a spoonful of cream.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*Recipe can be found on http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Black and White Chocolate Drizzled Pastry Twigs


This tasty little treat will have you have you reaching for another, and another, and maybe one more! Tiny twists, caramelized Nutella, with a white chocolate drizzle? Simply satisfying! ~Amy

 
Black and White Chocolate Drizzled Pastry Twigs

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
Nutella
1 egg +1 tbsp water, beaten

Crystal sugar
1/3 cup white chocolate pieces

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.

On lightly floured board, roll sheet into a 14×10-inch rectangle. Spread a thin layer of Nutella over pastry. Fold in half and gently with a rolling pin to seal.

Cut the pastry crosswise into 1/8 inch strips. The thinner, the better, it is a little messy, but worth it!
Twist the strips and place on prepared baking sheet, pressing down the ends. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans while hot, to cool on cooling racks.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Creme Brûlée!


I love this dessert!!! Chocolate, caramel, and custard? An utterly divine combination! ~Amy

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Creme Brûlée!

Custard:

4 egg yolks
1 egg
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt
2 cups heavy cream
6 oz bittersweet chocolate pieces

Heat oven to 325 degrees

Place 6 small ramekins into a baking pan. Set aside.

Over medium heat, warm cream until it just begins to simmer around the edges. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together egg and egg yolks. Add sugar, vanilla and salt, and whisk until very smooth. Add a small amount of chocolate mixture into egg mixture and mix until smooth. Repeat until chocolate mixture is thoroughly incorporated.

Divide evenly between ramekins. Place pan in to the oven and pour hot water into the baking pan, reaching to about half way up the ramekins.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until just set.
Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Sea Salt Caramel:
Sugar
Sea Salt Flakes

To finish custards, sprinkle tops evenly with 2-3 tsp granulated sugar. Torch evenly back and forth across the top at a 90 degree angle until caramelized. Or broil custards on top rack until caramelized. Cool 1-2 minutes then lightly sprinkle with salt flakes.

Makes 6 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Old Fashionted Black Bottom Toasted Oatmeal Slab Pie!


This old fashioned pie dates back to the Civil War. With pecans a rarity they substituted oats. I add a little chocolate to make it a black bottom pie. It tastes like a warm, gooey, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookie. So good! Give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed! ~Amy

Old Fashioned Black Bottom Toasted Oatmeal Slab Pie

1 recipe single pie crust,

1/2 cup semi or bitter sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, toasted
3 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup corn syrup
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp coarse salt

Line 9inch pie plate or tart pan with pie crust.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread oats evenly into baking sheet. Toast for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees.

Sprinkle chocolate evenly over the bottom crust. Place in refrigerator.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together, eggs, brown sugar, maple and corn syrups, melted butter, vinegar, vanilla and salt.

Stir in oats and pour evenly into crust.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm with vanilla whipped or ice cream.

Makes 9 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Skewered! A Summer Sandwich Party!


Saddle up, and round up your family and friends for the best darn party of summer!~Amy

Skewered!
A Summer Sandwich Party!

Party Menu:

THE BLUE ROOSTER

Ciabatta rolls, mini or cut into quarters
Roasted chicken, deli style, sliced
Sliced apples, red or green
Blue cheese, sliced or cubed
Butter Lettuce leaves
Long skewers

Dipping sauce:
BLACK PEPPER HONEY MUSTARD

Mustard recipe:
1/2 cup honey mustard, purchased
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp honey
1/8 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender or small food processor, and blend on high for 30 seconds or until well blended.

THE COWBOY

Kaiser Rolls
Roast Beef, deli style, sliced
Wisconsin cheddar cheese
Hickory smoked Bacon
Avocado, sliced
Leaf lettuce

Dipping sauce:
HICKORY BBQ RANCH

1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, Sweet Baby Rays Hickory Brown Sugar, or other purchased brand
1/2 cup Lemon Ranch sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together BBQ sauce and lemon ranch sauce until smooth. Thin with additional lemon juice or warm water if a thinner consistency is desired.

THE CABALLERO CLUB

Sourdough, toasted and buttered
Smoked Turkey, sliced
Honey glazed ham, sliced
Hickory smoked bacon, cooked
Pepper jack cheese, sliced
Avocado, sliced
Beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
Iceberg or leaf lettuce

Dipping sauce:
LEMON RANCH

3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream and mayonnaise. Add mix and blend well. Add buttermilk and lemon juice and whisk until completely blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.

EASY BLACK PEPPER PARMESAN KETTLE CHIPS

Black pepper kettle chips
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

Open bag of chips, sprinkle chips with parmesan cheese. Close bag and gently shake to coat.

WATERMELON RASPBERRY FRUIT JARS

6 small jars
6 small skewers
4-6 cups watermelon cubes
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 lime, cut into six wedges
Fresh mint leaves

Place watermelon and raspberries into jars. Top with a lime wedge, mint and serve with a skewer.

HOMEMADE CHERRY LEMONADE

1 3/4-2 cups sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4-1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
Crushed ice

In a large beverage jar, dissolve sugar in to water by stirring vigorously. Add lemon juice, add crushed ice and pour juice over the top for a layered look, or stir to mix.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SANDWICH SKEWERS with HOMEMADE HOT FUDGE SAUCE

Short skewers
Purchased chocolate chocolate ice cream sandwiches, Fat Boys
Chocolate Fudge Sauce, recipe follows*

Cut fat boys into quarters, skewer each section through the middle, making a tower. Serve immediately with homemade fudge sauce.

Hot Fudge Sauce:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup semi sweet, bittersweet, milk chocolate pieces, or a combination
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter.
Add chocolates, evaporated milk, and sugar.
Cook over medium heat, stirring until smooth.
Bring to a simmer, remove from heat, and add vanilla.
Mixture will thicken as it cools,

Makes about 2 cups

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Silver Spoon Chocolate Mousse


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My favorite silver spoons make this simple and elegant dessert something special. Add fresh pansy blossoms and you have a beautiful and unique ending to any dining event. ~Amy

Silver Spoon Chocolate Mousse

6 oz dark or semisweet pieces
2 tbs butter
3 tbs water
1 cup heavy cream

Silver spoons
Fresh violets, pansies for garnish

Place chocolate, butter, and water in a small saucepan pan, and heat over medium heat until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Whip cream to stiff peaks. Take a small amount of cream and gently stir into chocolate to lighten. Carefully fold remaining cream into chocolate until no streaks remain. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours to set.

To serve:
Scoop chocolate mousse with silver spoons. Place onto serving platter, marble or slate tile, sprinkle with fresh flowers and serve immediately or cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe by Amy Richardson