chocolate

Chocolatey Brownies, Gluten Free

You won't miss the flour in these gooey treats.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

My cousin and her daughter suffer from Celiac Disease, so whenever I spent the weekend with them I try to bring gluten-free treats that they can enjoy as well. These cookies have proved very popular, but I'm always looking for new recipes. Problem is, when I look around online, most gluten-free recipes call for a complicated mix of flours, from brown rice flour to sorghum flour and tapioca starch, that are expensive, not readily available in Israel, and not practical for someone who only bakes gluten free every few months.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Brownies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
18 ounces (or 500g) semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (225g) sugar
4 eggs plus one egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup cornstarch
Heaping 1/3 cup cocoa powder (about 45g)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Frosting:
6 tablespoons (85g) butter or margarine
Heaping 1/3 cup cocoa powder (about 45g)
2 2/3 cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-4 tablespoons milk or soy milk

A Cornucopia Of Hamantaschen

Try your tri-cornered treats with lemon, peanut butter, apple or coconut.

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These days, the biggest trend in the classic Purim treats is wild and wacky flavors - in both the dough and the filling - like these red velvet variety from What Jew Wanna Eat, or rum-raisin from Trini Gourmet or this pear and goat cheese offering from Joy of Kosher.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sub Recipes
Sub Recipe: 
Raspberry Filling:
 
8 ounces raspberries (I used frozen)
¼ cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup raspberry jam
 

Blend together the raspberries, water, sugar and lemon juice. Mix in the jam.

Layers Of Goodness

Tuck one of these peanut butter-topped brownies into your Purim packages this year.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That saying probably wasn't meant to apply to the heavenly combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but it works just the same. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were invented in 1928, and the combo has simply stuck around.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
150g semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs plus one egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
175g semisweet or milk chocolate, finely chopped OR 1 cup chocolate chips

Reimagining The Cherry Cordial

Spiff up the candy box classic with these little brownie bites.

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Have you ever had a cherry cordial? Chances are, if you've ever gotten a box of chocolates as a gift (say, for Valentine's Day?), you have. It's a chocolate shell filled with a candied cherry and syrup. They're not my favorites in the box - more of the one I'll take a bite of and put back - mostly because they have a very artificial cherry flavor. Whatever may once have been a cherry is obscured by the sugary-sweet syrup.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
11 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsps dark unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped

When Life Hands You Browned Bananas ...

Turn overripe bananas into a delicious breakfast or snack.

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I love convincing people they actually do like food they profess to hate. Can't stand brussels sprouts? Try my roasted garlic version. Hate cooked fruit? Here's a slice of my apple pie. Can't stand coconut? Try these cookies.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
2 whole very ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
4 ounces (115g) semisweet chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk or soy milk
1 1/4 cups flour

Classic Cookie, Secret Ingredient

A 'magic' addition to chocolate chip cookies brings them to a whole new level.

Online Jewish Week Columnist

Practically everybody has a recipe for chocolate cookies. Depending on your preferences, chewy or crispy, thin or thick, big chunks of chocolate or little slivers dispersed throughout, there's a tried and tested favorite for everyone. But I'm betting most people haven't tried this version, with a secret ingredients transforms things completely.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 cup (2 sticks/225g) butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips or chunks (or finely chopped chocolate)

Celebrating Citrus, Winter's Seasonal Fruit

Dip lime and coconut cookies in white chocolate and find bright flavor in a dark season.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

In these cold winter months, its still possible to get bright pops of flavor in your food in the form of citrus! Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes all have sharp, delicious flavors that are perfect in a variety of baked goods (see lemon curd linzer torte, orange chocolate tart or coconut grapefruit cupcakes).

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups sugar
zest of one large lime
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips

Orange, Meet Chocolate

Wow your guests with a luxurious chocolate orange tart.

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As summer turns to fall and winter approaches, bright, colorful berries are replaced with flavorful citrus on supermarket shelves. And I love baking with citrus - particularly the peel, since it is just so jam-packed with taste. Lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit all pack a powerful punch in just a little zest.

This recipe, which I first learned in pastry school, is a wonderful vehicle for citrus's bright flavors, paired with rich chocolate. It's a bit technically advanced, but if you've been cooking and baking along with me all this time, I think you can do it.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Dough:
330g (2 2/3 cup) flour
28g (1/4 cup) cocoa, sifted
225g (1 cup/2 sticks)butter
115g (1/2 cup) sugar
2g (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla
57g (one extra large) egg
Filling:
180g (3/4 cup) heavy cream
60g (1/4 cup) sugar
zest of one orange
170g (about 8-9) yolks
100g semisweet chocolate
30g (3 tbsp) brandy
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