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

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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

Irish Cream Dark Chocolate Shamrock Shake


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Looking for a last minute St. Patrick’s Day treat?! Dark Chocolate and Irish cream make this sophisticated Shamrock Shake over the rainbow!~Amy🍀

Irish Cream Dark Chocolate Shamrock Shake

4 cups double dark chocolate gelato or ice cream, softened
3 tablespoons Irish cream barista syrup, like Torani
1 cup vanilla ice cream
Dark chocolate shavings
Pirouline cookies, optional

Blend together chocolate gelato or ice cream with syrup.
Pour into individual glasses, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with additional Irish cream syrup, generously sprinkle with chocolate shavings and garnish with a cookie.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Black Shamrock Cheesecake


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Who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day? I love the flavors of Chocolate and Irish Cream, here is my recipe for decadent chocolate cheesecake. A chocolate lover’s dream, with a hint of Irish Creme.
Wherever you go, and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be ever with you!
~Amy

Black Shamrock Cheesecake:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line sides of a 7 or 8 inch spring form pan with parchment paper, set aside.

Crust:
12 chocolate wafer cookies
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted

In a small food processor, crush cookies, add sugar and mix together.

Pour in melted butter and process until cookie mixture is well blended.
Press into the bottom of the spring form pan.
Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside.

Filling:
7oz Lindt or good quality 70% or 85% dark chocolate, melted
3 8oz packages cream cheese at room temperature
3 tbsp Dutch Processed Cocoa
3/4 cup+1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp Torani Irish Cream Syrup
3 eggs

On a low speed, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in cocoa powder.
Add sugar and blend. Add syrup and repeat.
Add eggs one at a time, continuing to blend on low speed. Add melted chocolate.
When mixed, pour into prepared pan.
If desired, wrap the bottom in foil and place in a baking pan.
Place pan in oven and fill pan with about 1 inch of water.
Bake for about 1 hour, or until set but still wobbly.
Cool completely.
Refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.
Top with Irish Cream Ganache, refrigerate until topping is set.
Serve with Irish Whipped Cream

Irish Cream Ganache:
3 oz 70% or 85% chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp Irish Cream syrup

In a small saucepan heat cream, add chocolate pieces and stir until smooth.
Stir in syrup and mix. Pour over cooled cheesecake and refrigerate until set.
About 1 hour.

Whipped Irish Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp Irish Cream Syrup

In a medium sized bowl beat cream, sugar, and syrup until soft peaks form.

Makes 10-12 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson