Category: Chocolate

Schwarzwaldtorte

a/k/a Black Forest Birthday Cake I searched out a new chocolate cake recipe to make a heart-shaped lockdown birthday cake for a (German-speaking) friend.  This is a revised version of several similar recipes I found online, combined with Trader Joe’s bottled sour Morello Cherries and topped with a ganache made with TJ’s 72% Belgian chocolate. …

Rye Chocolate Cherry Sourdough!

Rye Chocolate Cherry Sourdough Adapted from Eric Rusch, the master baker from breadtopia.com; this is what he says about this remarkable version of rye sourdough: In this sourdough bread, the deep flavor of whole grain rye has equal footing with the intensely tart Montmorency cherries and melty chocolate chunks. Just shy of a dessert, this…

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve been tinkering with the Freezer Cookie recipe posted before on this blog – the orange-ginger variation is very popular – and today I decided to use some of the gluten-free techniques I have been learning around GF bread and pizza dough.  I added some almond flour, and made a few…

Fabulous Freezer Cookies

Fabulous Freezer Cookies Adapted from Tamal Ray’s recipe in the UK Guardian, 15-Feb-2020.  Tamal’s introduction: When spending more time on my feet in the kitchen isn’t an option, freezer cookies are the perfect solution. A modest amount of preparation is done ahead of time, on a day when you’re bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, then all that’s…

Why Chocolate?

Why Chocolate? I had a wonderful conversation with a local French professor this morning, mainly about the new flow and focus relating to the divine feminine.  Both of us have experienced years of feeling driven, or being judged (internally and externally) for what we do rather than accepted for what we are.  As women, and…

Luscious Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Vegan Chocolate Frosting This excellent vegan recipe was adapted from www.makingthymeforhealth.com.  I like that it stays soft, instead of hardening like the usual ganache.  I doubled the amount, and tinkered with the proportions until I got the perfect texture for the filling and top of my favorite Pumpkin Honey Cake.  And now I am off…

Chocolate Macaroon Tart

Chocolate Macaroon Tart Every two weeks, I attend the Mathematician’s Potluck at George and Bettina’s house.  This has become my testing ground for new recipes, and last night I had a hit with this luscious tart . This gluten-free vegan treat is calorie-dense;  of course, you only need to have a tiny slice, right?  In…

Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse Cake The days are getting cooler here in the Midwest, and the ubiquitous pumpkin spice season is upon us.  Okay, I did choose the pumpkin pancakes when we went to the diner for Saturday breakfast, but all the same, a little pumpkin spice goes a long way. Despite my natural culinary cynicism,…

The Best (vegan) Chocolate Cake EVER

It’s my birthday on 10. June, so I’m making this cake for the mathematicians potluck, as the closest thing to a birthday part (given that I’ll be in Santa Barbara for my actual birthday, getting my braces removed).  Lots to celebrate, for sure! Vegan Chocolate Cake Seriously, this is the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve…

Four For Fudge Cake

Here’s another great WAR (Work Avoidance Ritual) to gladden the hearts of your household… or, in my case, the Mathematician’s Potluck next Wednesday! Four for Fudge Cake That’s right – only four ingredients (plus a pinch of salt). This is NOT vegan:  there are eggs, and possibly a bit of dairy in the chocolate, depending…