Desserts/Sweets

Dark Chocolates

Dark Chocolates

After researching and reading a lot about the unrefined and raw ingredients benefits of dark chocolates, I ordered all the ingredients through amazon. While waiting for the package, I went through different recipes and made a list of once I need to do. None of the recipes take more than 5 minutes to prepare, having a chocolate mold is even more convenient. It so simple to make and delicious. These could be elegant gifts to dear and near ones too!

Preparation: 1

Dark Chocolates

Ingredients:

Organic cacao powder-1/2 cup

Honey-2 Tbsp

Pure vanilla extract-1/2 tsp

Melted coconut oil – 1/4 cup

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well mixed and smooth.

Dark chocolate

You can pour the chocolate into candy molds to make chocolate candy or use a pan which is lined with a wax paper or parchment paper and pour into the pan.

dark chocolate

Dark chocolate

Freeze until hardened about half an hour and store in the refrigerator.

Preparation : 2

Dark chocolates

Ingredients:

Cacao powder-3.5 Tbsp

Cocoa butter- 3.5 Tbsp

Honey- 1 tbsp

Pure vanilla extract-1/2 tsp

Chopped hazelnuts or any other nuts-2 Tbsp

Method: Melt the cacao butter on a double boiler or boil water in a vessel and keep an empty container on top of it and melt the cacao butter.

Cacao butter

Once melted, add honey, vanilla extract and cacao powder and mix well until smooth.

dark chocolates

You can pour the chocolate into candy molds to make chocolate candy or use a pan which is lined with a wax paper or parchment paper and pour into the pan. Add chopped hazelnut on top. Freeze until hardened about half an hour and store in the refrigerator.

dark chocolates

Preparation : 3

Dark chocolates

Ingredients:

Cacao powder- 4 Tbsp

Coconut oil-6 Tbsp

Unrefined sugar-6 Tbsp

Chopped almonds-2 Tbsp

Cranberries-2 Tbsp

Method:

Powder the sugar finely.  Melt the coconut oil on a double boiler or boil water in a vessel and keep an empty container on top of it and melt the coconut oil.

coconut oil

Once melted, add sugar and cacao powder and mix well until smooth.You can pour the chocolate into candy molds to make chocolate candy or use a pan which is lined with a wax paper or parchment paper and pour into the pan. Add chopped almonds and cranberries on top. Freeze until hardened about half an hour and store in the refrigerator.

Dark chocolates

Dark chocolates

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Coconut cupcakes

Coconut cupcakeCoconut cupcake

Back again after a short break. My brother-in-law is an entrepreneur and launched his product in March. You can click on the below link for more information. http://www.automatic.com/. We were all excited about the launch and I wanted to treat him with something special. So came up with this coconut cupcake idea and baked it. This was just a starter for him 🙂 We had a wonderful dinner afterwards.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup  – all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp -baking powder

1/4 tsp- salt

1 tsp- lemon zest

1/2 cup –unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 cup- granulated white sugar

2- large eggs

1 1/2 tsp – pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

Cream cheese frosting:

2 1/2 cup – confectionary sugar

4 tbsp- unsalted butter (room temperature)

4 ounce- cream cheese (room temperature)

1/2 tsp- pure vanilla extract

Garnish:

2 cups- roasted unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

Preparation:

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line up 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

Beat the butter in your electric mixer or stand mixer for two minutes. Add the sugar and beat for 4-5 minutes until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Mix in vanilla extract until soft and fluffy. Add flour and milk alternatively (starting and ending with flour) and mix everything until well incorporated.

Coconut cupcake

Evenly fill all the liners.

Coconut cupcake

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not over the cupcakes.

Coconut cupcake

Allow it to cool on a wire rack. Smear the frosting on the cupcake using a spatula and garnish with roasted shredded coconut flakes on top. (Dip the frosted side of the cake in a bowl containing coconut flakes).

Frosting:

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth (2-3 minutes). Add vanilla extract and beat for a minute. Mix sugar in small portions at a time and  beat well until it forms stiff peaks. Add a tablespoon of milk if too thick or add little sugar if the mixture is thin.

Coconut cupcake

Coconut cupcake

Coconut cupcake

 

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Dark chocolate chip cookies

Dark chocolate chip cookies

Seeing my history of using dark chocolate, I don’t really have to explain how obsessed I am with dark chocolates. I always feel so good about making a fresh batch of cookies. Well these cookies are very similar to the one printed on the bag of Nestle’s Chocolate Chips. I prefer the cookies to be a bit chewy with caramelized edges and hence make use of both brown and white sugar.

Ingredients:

Unsalted butter– 1 cup

Granulated white sugar- 3/4 cup

Light brown sugar- 3/4 cup packed

Pure vanilla extract– 1 1/2 tsp

Large eggs- 2

Salt-1/4 tsp

Baking soda– 1tsp

All purpose flour– 2 1/4 cup

dark chocolate chips– 1 1/2 cup

Preparation:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degree F and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl,  using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add white and brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time making sure you beat well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.

In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the mixture slowly to the liquid mixture and mix well until no lumps are visible. Add in the chocolate chips and give it a nice stir. If the dough is very soft, refrigerate for an hour.

cookie dough

Using two spoons drop about two tbsp of dough onto the baking sheet. Make sure there is enough spacing between the dough to rise and flatten. Bake for 12- 14 minutes and cool it completely on a wire rack before tasting!

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Super moist chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate cupcake

Well the word chocolate itself is mouth-watering to me! And I bet there are many chocoholics out there. I have tried many versions of chocolate cupcakes and I am very sure I will stick with recipe from now on. These cupcakes are so moist that you feel like having more of it. I had taken these cupcakes for a potluck party at my workplace and it was no doubt a great hit 🙂 All thanks to joy of baking which had this wonderful cupcake recipe which I fell in love with. Just changed the original recipe a bit for my taste buds and here I present the recipe to you all…

Ingredients:

1/2 cup – Dutch processed dark cocoa powder

1 cup – boiling water

1 1/3 cup –  Sifted all-purpose flour

2 tsp Baking powder

1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup – Granulated white sugar

2 – Large eggs

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Frosting:

4 ounces – Unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

2/3 cup Unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/3 cups – Sifted powdered sugar or icing sugar

1 1/2 tsp  Pure vanilla extract

Preparation:

Pre-heat the oven to 375°F Line 16 cupcake liners and keep it ready. Whisk all the dry ingredients like salt, baking powder and all-purpose flour, keep aside. In another bowl mix the hot water and cocoa powder until smooth and bring the mixture to room temperature.

Chocolate cupcake

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, use a hand mixer or an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time and beat in vanilla extract.

Chocolate cupcake

Slowly add the flour mixture until everything is incorporated. Finally add the cocoa mixture and mix everything well.

Chocolate cupcake

Add the mixture to the cupcake liners until they are 2/3rd full.

chocolate cupcake

Bake for 17-19 minutes until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Do not over bake the cupcakes as they will lose the moistness. Remove from oven and cool them on a wire rack.

chocolate cupcake

chocolate cupcake

Once the cupcakes cools,you can smear the frosting on the cupcake using a spatula or if you have a piping, use a large 1M thick open star tip to make the swirls on the cupcake.

Frosting:

Melt the chocolate pieces in the microwave or place the  heat proof bowl with chocolate  on a saucepan of simmering water. Mix it until it melts and forms a smooth texture.

chocolate cupcake

In another bowl beat the butter well, add the powdered sugar and beat again. Mix it until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and the melted chocolate, beat until smooth and glossy for about 3-4 minutes.

chocolate cupcake

Smear or add into the piping and decorate the cupcakes as you like!

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Mexican wedding cake

Mexican wedding cakes

Mexican wedding cakes also known as Russian tea cakes or butter cookies are very delicious and just melts in the mouth. As butter is the main ingredient, it is very important to use a high quality butter to get a rich taste. Use of any kind of nuts gives a very nice nutty flavor and taste.

Ingredients:

Butter- 1 cup (room temperature)

All purpose flour– 2 cups

confectionary sugar 1/2 cup + 1 cup

Walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts 2/3 cup toasted and powdered

Vanilla extract– 1/2 tsp

Salt -1/4 tsp

Preparation:

Toast the nuts at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes until light brown, cool down before grinding to get a powdered mixture or else you will end up getting a lump. Use a hand mixer or food processor to mix the butter and 1/2 cup of confectionary sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in vanilla extract and mix again. In a separate bowl mix salt and all-purpose flour. Add the flour slowly and mix it completely until incorporated. Finally add the nut mixture and bring the mixture into a dough. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for an hour.

Mexican wedding cake

Preheat the oven to 350°C. Spray the cookie sheet with baking spray or use a  parchment paper. Scoop 1 tbsp or 100 oz of mixture, make it in to a round shape and line up the dough 2 inches apart.

Mexican wedding cake

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges and the bottom just turn light golden brown.

Mexican Wedding Cake

Spread 1 cup of confectionary sugar on a flat bottom. As soon as the cookies are out of the oven, take a spatula and slowly grab the cookie and toss and turn the cookie in the sugar. The cookie should be completely coated with sugar. If you not a sugar person as I am, you can just sprinkle some sugar on top as well. Make sure you cool it completely before tasting it!

Mexican wedding cake

Mexican wedding cake

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Chocolate dipped coconut macaroon

I was looking for a coconut biscuit or cookie recipe on the net and got hooked to these delicious coconut macaroon recipe. I have had this couple of times at my friends place but never clicked to make it at home or I guess was just lazy to bake it. I was on a marathon of baking bread, cakes and cookies last few days. This was on the list too. These cookies are so delicious that I never could eat just one. They are crispy from the outside, soft and chewy from the inside. Dipping these in chocolate syrup gives an incredibly awesome taste. (I could not wait until the chocolate hardened, started munching on it when it was half done). 🙂

Ingredients:

Sweetened shredded coconut- 11/2 cup

All purpose flour– 1/4 cup

Sugar– 1/2 cup

Egg whites– 2

Vanilla essence– 1/2 Tsp

Salt- 1/8 tsp

For chocolate dipping:

Heavy cream- 1/2 cup

Dark chocolate/ semi- dark chocolate -14 oz

Preparation:

In a heatproof bowl, placed over a pan of warm water, whisk both egg white and sugar. Remove from heat when the mixture is warm to touch and creamy.

Add in salt, vanilla essence, sifted all purpose flour and sweetened shredded coconut and mix well. Cover this mixture and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.  

On a baking sheet, add a parchment paper or aluminium foil and place a scoop of mixture leaving spaces in between. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350°F or until it turns golden brown.

Allow the cookies to completely cool down. (We can have these by themselves or coat them with chocolate). In a small bowl, add heavy cream and heat until it comes to a boil. Now add chocolate pieces or chips and allow it to settle for 2-3 minutes. Mix them evenly, dip the bottom of the cookies and on top, decorate the cookies as per your wish. Allow it to completely dry before you put them into a air tight container.

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