Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Chocolate Treats
1. La Bete Noire. "The Black Beast" - as in the best chocolate cake ever invented in the universe. Period. Plus "ganache." I believe I could eat a cake made with actual dirt if it had a layer of good ganache. With never-ending gratitude to Nova for having brought La Bete to my attention in the first place, way back in 2007. This is simply delicious.
2. Chocolate pudding. Jell-O. The kind my mom used to make... well, I used to "make" it, and I hated "making" it, but sure did love the result. "Making," in this case meaning "stirring." Mom would put it into individual bowls and put it in the fridge. It would get a lovely, rich chocolate skin that was so yummy. To fancy it up, sometimes the top would be sprinkled with coconut flakes. Ahhh.
3. Chocolate chips. Straight out of the bag. This has been a favorite ever since I was a kid. There was a period of time, when we lived on Crestview Drive, when Karen and I would go down and raid the kitchen in the middle of the night. We were about 8 and 10, respectively. There was never anything "good," but occasionally we'd find chocolate chips -- they were as good as it gets, as it were. Heh.
4. Chocolate chip cookies. My favorite recipe is called Practically Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies and it's from Consumer Reports. I know. A recipe from Consumer Reports! They did a big test of all the different types of chocolate chips cookies that you could buy -- back when "soft" first became available at the store -- and they tested a few stand-by recipes, too!
5. Straight-up chocolate. I stop at the coffee shop almost every morning and, almost every morning, I purchase a small bar of Omanhene dark chocolate to have at lunch.
6. Hot fudge sundae - with a cherry on top!
7. Chocolate-covered chocoloate-filled chocolate donut. Tastee Bakery is gone now, but theirs are still the standard by which others are measured.
8. Chocolate-covered cherries. Or anything. Cherries remind me of grandpa.
9. Chocolate truffles. I used to make them at Christmas, and may resurrect that tradition. They're so easy and it's fun to experiment.
10. Just about anything in the world with chocolate in it or on it. Period.
Happy Valentine's Day!