Cacao nibs move these Exquisite Dark Chocolate Shortbread cookies so far to the dark side that there’s no hope of redemption. One of the most perfect recipes I’ve ever followed.
I made a Black Forest Buche de Noël, and it wasn’t all that hard! Granted, the only decorations were merengue mushrooms. But a chocolate-frosted, cocoa cake filled with cherries and cream doesn’t need a lot of dressing up.
Here’s a cute bit of everyday cooking: instant cookies! By simply keeping your dough in the fridge, you can bake up fresh, homemade (chocolate chip, for instance) cookies in any quantity, on a whim. Just ask Jacques Torres. (Cookie dough freezes well, too.)
Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Crystalized Ginger, Caramel Drizzle, and Crème Fraîche
Who doesn’t love a Christmas Lasagna! Pop it into a multi-course lineup that includes a savory cheesecake, Opah, salad, butterflake rolls, and chocolate stout cake and you’ve got an epic celebration.
Martha Stewart’s recipe for Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake uses Dutch process cocoa powder as well as semisweet chocolate, so it’s black as night, but packed with true chocolate flavor. Nothing beats homemade caramel, and the caramel-chocolate pairing is intense. This cake is not for the timid.
This molten chocolate cake is the final post in our three-part chocolate cake binge. It’s intensely chocolaty: melted chocolate compounded with a ton of cocoa. It’s best freshly baked, but you can easily re-moltenize the lava, as it reheats well in the microwave.
Chocolate Birthday Baileys Surprise Cake, is a Dutch-process, hot water chocolate, four-layer cake with an espresso-laced Baileys filling and a triple cream (sour, cheese, whipping) frosting. Buttermilk makes it rich, oil (rather than butter) makes it moist, and dark, dark cocoa gives it its profound flavor.