Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

Read of my exploits in the kitchen! Salivate over the descriptions of fabulous desserts and savory meals I've concocted!

No, seriously...go ahead. It'll make my day.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Last one; promise!


Final re-post from the cooking club.

I get a weekly newsletter from the Tribune (many cities), and in this week's I saw the following recipe.

From the Chicago Tribune
Recipe of the week
Chicago Tribune

All Heart, bittersweet style

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Chilling time: 24 hours plus 3 hours
Yield: 12 servings

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 Tbsps. coffee
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs
2 tsps. vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chilled heavy cream
2 tsps. confectioners' sugar
3/4 tsp. vanilla
Small flowers, candied violets or hearts (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place chocolate and coffee in small bowl. Melt in microwave on 10 percent power, about 1 minute, 20 seconds, stirring once midway. Stir until smooth. Cream sugar and butter in bowl of electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. With mixer running, slowly add warm chocolate mixture, vanilla and salt. Mix until smooth. Pour into 5-cup-capacity heart-shaped pan (or 8-inch layer cake pan) lined with heavy-duty foil. Leave about 2-inch foil overhang.

Bake on baking sheet until puffy with a thick cracked crust but still jiggly in center, about 30 minutes. Cool at room temperature. Refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month, covered airtight.

Lightly press down on edges to make surface as even as possible. Invert heart on platter; carefully remove parchment. Whip together heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until stiff. Spread whipped cream over heart. Pipe remaining cream in decorative pattern using pastry bag fitted with a rosette tip. Refrigerate up to 3 hours. To serve, garnish with flowers, violets or candy hearts, if using. Serve chilled, cut into wedges.

Nutritional information per serving:
304 calories; 67percent of calories from fat; 23 grams fat; 14 grams saturated fat; 105 mg. cholesterol; 22 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 48 mg. sodium; 1 gram fiber.

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