Chocolate

“Mexican” Triple Chocolate Cookies

As one of my colleagues is Mexican, we celebrated Grito de Dolores or Mexico’s Independence Day earlier this month. September 16 is a date commemorated annually as the start of the Mexican ...

(Almost) Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Got milk? Well, there are those who believe that cow’s milk isn’t quite the stuff of healthy children and strong bones. In fact, there seem to be plenty of reasons ...

Basics #13: Tiered Cakes

Stacking cake tiers is less baking and more cake architecture. I don’t claim to be an expert at tiered cakes, but a little bit of know-how can go a long way. ...

Basics #16: Melting Chocolate

If you’ve ever needed to melt chocolate, chances are you’ve screwed it up at least once. Seized chocolate due to overheating is one of the more revolting things on Earth (I ...

Basics #21: Ganache

Ganache is a magical mixture of just two basic ingredients: cream and chocolate. And it’s a wonderful recipe and skill to have under your belt. Technique The basic ganache technique is to heat ...

Bird Poop Cookies

Here’s another easy recipe for Halloween. I know there are other things far more revolting, but it’s pretty disgusting if a bird shat on a cookie you were about to ...

Black Forest Cake

I make a lot of chocolate cake. So sometimes I like to mix it up a little. Case in point, my pared-down Black Forest Cake, which essentially is just chocolate cake with a ...

Boiled Christmas Fruit Cake

As unappetising as it sounds, a boiled fruit cake is the easiest way to get the taste of a Christmas cake with minimal effort. Just like mincemeat, it’s wonderfully fruity, boozy, and chock ...

Brownies Bites with Peanut Butter Centres

Think of a fudgy version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yup, ‘nough said, I’m sad to report, however, that you will need a pan for individual-sized brownies. I’ve got a silicone ...

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)

When I was a kid, a log cake was the definitive confection of Christmas. Often decorated within an inch of their life, those cakes were almost too pretty to eat, ...

Cactus Cake (Mexican Chocolate Cake)

Last weekend, some friends and I decided to throw a little Mexican fiesta. We had the works – fajitas, guacamole, ceviche, tortilla chips, salsa, etc. We even had a piñata! As a ...

Candy Cane (Peppermint) Brownies

So here’s a great food gift idea for this year’s holidays. It’s simply taking my Best Brownies Ever recipe and shoving some candy canes in them. What you end up with are ...

Chocolate Cake for Dad’s 60th Birthday

My dad hit the big six-zero late lat month. He worries about this sugar levels so naturally I gravitated towards chocolate cake (yup, another one) because chocolate, or cocoa specifically, ...

Chocolate Cake Incidents

Chocolate cakes are a staple for celebrations, at least when I’m making the cake. There are few people I know who have a serious aversion to chocolate, so a good ...

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing

Simple cakes can be dazzling. The trick is to stick to tried-and-true flavours. Case in point, this one-bowl, moist and light chocolate cake with a rich, creamy peanut butter icing. How can ...

Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of those things in life that’s so good, it has to be bad for you. I mean, you might even resort to petty theft. (Ever see that episode of Friends?) Add ...

Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

I think the best chocolate recipes are those that make use of both cocoa powder and solid chocolate. All-cocoa can be a tad too intense and all-chocolate sometimes doesn’t taste ...

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These chocolate cookies are just ridiculous. Ridiculously messy to make. But also ridiculously pretty. And ridiculously soft and fudgy. (Mmm.) Now if you think they’re worth the mess and effort, read on! (Or ...

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Chocolate and hazelnut are just made for each other. It’s a flavour pairing that I’ve celebrated once before in my Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart. In these biscotti, I unabashedly bring the ...

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake with Chocolate Earl Grey Buttercream Icing

We celebrated my dad’s birthday a couple weeks ago. When I asked him what sort of birthday cake he wanted, his answer was – chocolate. The thing is, I was bored with ...


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