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Love Potions – Spiced Chocolate & Orange Winter Pudding

Love Potions - Spiced Chocolate

Lindt Spiced Chocolate & Orange Pudding

At the recent Taste of Beverly Hills, I stopped by the Lindt chocolate booth and sampled some of their finest chocolates. I’m pleased to share one of their decadent recipes with you, the Spiced Chocolate & Orange Winter Pudding to warm you and your sweetheart up this season.

Ingredients
100g Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa
50g Lindt Ecuador 85% Cocoa, roughly chopped
Lindor Balls for decoration
185g self raising flour
60g plain flour
3 oranges, segmented
200g unsalted butter, soft
120g sugar
125ml orange juice
1tsp Chinese five spice
4 cardamon pods, crushed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
15ml Grand Marnier

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 160 ?C (130 ?C fan assisted)

2. Sift together both flours several times in a large mixing bowl to ensure a light pudding. Toss orange segments in flour.

3. In a medium saucepan combine butter, 100g of chocolate, sugar, reserved orange juice and spices. Gently heat until sugar has dissolved and chocolate is molten. Set aside to cool slightly.

4. Make a well in the centre of the flour and strain chocolate orange mixture in, mixing until well combined. Break eggs and stir through before adding chopped chocolate. Note: It?s important to stir the batter only until it?s just combined, otherwise the pudding may end up rather tough.

5. Spoon mixture into prepared moulds and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

6. Remove from oven and drizzle with some Grand Marnier while still hot. Turn out and serve warm with some chocolate sauce and orange segments.

Serves: 6-8

Cooking time: prep 20mins, baking 30mins

This love potion recipe is courtesy of Lindt Chocolate.? For more chocolate recipes, visit Lindt.com

Love Potions – Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies
For our Love Potions, romantic recipes, we’ve selected this Candy Corn Sugar Cookie recipe from our friends at Bake Space.
To celebrate Halloween, try this simple and easy recipe that is not only delightful to look at, but you’ll have fun nibbling on them with your next online date or at a Halloween costume party.
Ingredients
  • Cooking Time: 9-11″
  • Preparation Time: 10″
  • 18 oz tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 2 t lemon zest
  • 2 t orange zest
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • yellow food coloring
  • orange food coloring
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips
  • organ and yellow sanding sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Beat flour into cookie dough, then divide into three parts.
  • Beat lemon zest and yellow food coloring into 1 part; set aside.
  • Beat orange zest and orange food coloring into another part; set aside.
  • Beat vanilla into remaining plain part.
  • Roll each section into a long rope.
  • Lay side-by-side on a lightly-floured surface, with the orange in the middle.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll (lengthwise), forming one sheet of dough with three stripes – plain, orange, yellow.
  • Use a knife or pastry cutter to cut into triangles.
  • Bake 9-11″ and let cool for 1″ before transferring to rack to cool completely.
  • Microwave chips for about 1″ to melt, then dunk some of the tips or backs into the chocolate and sprinkle with colored sugar.

Love Potions courtesy of Bake Space and Tyler’s Aunt


Love Potions – The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

At the recent Taste of Beverly Hills sponsored by Food and Wine magazine, attendees were treated to the famous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie served in stylish silver purses. Not only did we receive this yummy delight, but along with the tote, they shared their secret recipe for us to try at home.

Ingredients

1/2 cup [1 stick] butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds). Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips. Using a 1-ounce scoop or 2-tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2-inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Hint: Sneak one in his briefcase or leave one on his pillow at nighttime.

Love Potions – Chocolate Espresso Pots du Creme

Love Potions - Chocolate Espresso Pots du Creme

Photo Credit: Anna Williams

It’s true. Chocolate is known to be an aphrodisiac. Perhaps that’s why the chocolate recipes are the most popular selections in our Love Potions. According to Diana Phillips of Diana Phillips Artisan Chocolates, aphrodisiac is a word derived from the Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite. ?Aphrodisiacs are agents that are said to cause the arousal of sexual desire.?They have been around since before recorded history, but the meaning and purpose behind them has not changed. People employ these magical substances reputed for romance in hope of stimulating instant amour and erotic interest.

Diana shared with her her recipe for Chocolate Espresso Pots du Creme, adapted from Gourmet Magazine. They are both sinful and elegant and come complete with an added instruction: Meant for spooning into each other’s mouth. Clothing definitely optional.

CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO POTS DU CREME

You can use ramekins or fancy espresso cups – anything that?s oven safe.

Ingredients

* 6 oz fine-quality 55-64% dark chocolate, finely chopped

* 1 1/3 cups heavy cream

* 2/3 cup whole milk

* 2 teaspoons instant-espresso powder*

* 6 large egg yolks

* 2 tablespoons sugar

Preparation

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 300?F.

Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring cream, milk, espresso powder (to taste), and a pinch of salt just to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until espresso powder is dissolved, then pour over chocolate, whisking until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

Whisk together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in another bowl, then add warm chocolate mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a 1-quart glass measure and cool completely, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Line bottom of a baking pan (large enough to hold ramekins) with a folded kitchen towel and arrange ramekins on towel. Poke several holes in a large sheet of foil with a skewer. Divide custard among ramekins, then bake custards in a hot water bath, pan covered tightly with foil, until custards are set around edges but still slightly wobbly in centers, 30 to 35 minutes.

Transfer ramekins to a rack to cool completely, uncovered, about 1 hour. (Custards will set as they cool.) Chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.

Garnish with shipped cream or shave some more of the dark chocolate over the top.

yield: Makes 8 servings

active time: 30 min

total time: 5 1/2 hr (includes chilling)

Visit Diana Phillips Artisan Chocolates for more information on chocolate and recipes.

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Love Potions – Superfood Chocolate Candy

Love Potions

SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE CANDY

My friend Rose Cole shared with me her most popular recipe from the?Wellness With Rose Cookbook.

Enjoy the health benefits of chocolate while still indulging here and there.

Ingredients

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup organic raw almond butter
4 Tbsp agave nectar
1/4 cup organic unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup hemp seed protein
1/2 tsp liquid Stevia or 3 tsp powdered Stevia (6 packets)
1 Tbsp organic vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup raw chocolate cacao powder (may substitute Chatfield’s roasted carob powder)
1/3 cup goji berries (optional)

Directions

1. Spray on ice cube tray with nonstick spray and set aside or use mini cupcake tins and papers.
2. Melt coconut oil under hot water or spoon into saucepan and melt over low flame. When coconut oil turns to a liquid, pour oil into a medium bowl.
3. Slowly whisk in almond butter, cinnamon, Stevia, and agave nectar one at a time.
4. Next, whisk in vanilla.
5. Then slowly stir in cacao (or carob), almond meal, coconut, and hemp seed protein one at at time, sprinkling evenly as you go.
6. Batter should run off of spoon. Spoon into ice cube tray, or cup cake papers and chill in freezer for 15
minutes.
6. Sprinkle goji berries on the top.

Fun Optional Add-ins

1-3 drops of your favorite edible essential oil: peppermint, lavender, lemon, rose, tangerine. You can find the best essential oils at www.RoseCole.com/RoseRecommends
1/2 tsp Course Celtic sea salt
1/4 cup Chopped Golden berries, also known as Incan Berries.

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