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All you wanted to know about chocolate

Well, not all, but at least how they put centers in chocolates. I recently stumbled across this National Film Board short (4:50 min) movie presenting the process through which chocolates are mass manufactured. I still think my raw almond cocoa truffles are better, but the short movie is worth watching.

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Best iced chocolate – Calgary coffee shops

Say you don’t drink coffee. Say you had enough tea for the day. Say you like hot chocolate but it’s just one of those hot summer days. What’s left?

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Waves coffee shop.

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Almond Cocoa Truffles

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Cocoa and almond, no sugar and 5 minutes prep time. Can you resist it? These ‘truffles’ are delicious and it’s easy to have the ingredients in your household at all times. This is what you need (I got everything in the organic section at Superstore):

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Almond chocolate raw cupcakes

My friend inspired me to try this recipe. It will take you around 20 minutes or less to produce a batch of the most delicious cupcakes you’ve ever tasted. 100% chocolate, no cooking, no eggs or flour, minimum mess. If you are not into raw/ vegan food, then you’ll need to get some relatively expensive items from the health food stores/ sections: cocoa powder (and it is crucial that you get a really good one, not the no-name stuff from your regular food store), coconut butter and almond butter (budget around $10-14 for each of these items, but you’ll use them for other desserts too).

Ingredients: 4 Tbsp cocoa powder, 3 Tbsp coconut butter (leave it out for a couple of hours before using it; you want it to be in a liquid form), 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp almond butter, a pinch of salt. Optional: a bit of rum, any type of nuts, raisins or dried fruits.

Instructions:

  1. In a big bowl, mix cocoa powder with coconut butter and a pinch of salt. Add the honey and the almond butter. If using any of the optional ingredients, add them now too.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin paper cups.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and gently press the contents to homogenize.
  4. Put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (keep refrigerated when not eating them!).
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Pineapple Raw Muffins

Pineapple raw muffin.

No flour, no eggs, no sugar, no cooking (just blending!). Yet, you’ll still be able to make some delicious muffins. How? It’s actually quite simple! All you need to do is blend all the ingredients below, then scoop and press the dough into a muffin tray, refrigerate for a few hours and voila, you’re enjoying your raw muffin!
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Dark chocolate and ginger biscotti

If you like dark chocolate and biscotti, than this is a recipe for you. You’ll need: 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup oil, dark chocolate (bulk), crystallized ginger (bulk) and walnuts.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix the egg and the egg yolk. Add sugar, oil and vanilla.
  3. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. The batter will become very dense and you’ll probably have to use a wooden spoon to mix it.
  4. Melt dark chocolate and pour over the batter. Mix well.
  5. Add walnuts and chopped crystallized ginger. Mix well.
  6. Using your hands, divide the batter in two and shape it into a log. Place the two logs on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes (note: leave some space between the logs, because they will flatten).
  7. Take out of the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then slice the logs and bake for an extra 5 minutes (do not bake them for longer or they will crumble).
  8. Enjoy them with green tea!

Recipe from wholeliving

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Quick Snack: Chocolate Strawberries

Chocolate Strawberries

Nothing new here, just get some dark chocolate from the bulk foods section, melt it on the stove and dip strawberries in it. Put them in the fridge for 10 minutes and voila, you have a quick and healthy snack.
Where/ when I grew up, strawberries were small and extremely sweet. When ripe, they were red inside (not white, like the ones you buy these days). They had an unmistakable smell and when left for a day or two in a big bowl, they would leave a red and sweet juice behind. If you can’t get those anymore, dipping them in chocolate brings back some of that sweetness.
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Chocolate covered pretzels

You’ve probably done this already, but it only hit me yesterday that I could make my own chocolate covered pretzels. The best ones I had in Calgary so far were the made-in-alberta Pretzel Twists (Country Market Gourmet Foods). You can find them at the Bay for $3/ 100gr. But with $3 I can make half a kilo of my own chocolate covered pretzels! And what a nice Christmas present they would make!

Get pretzels (28 cents/100 gr) and cooking chocolate (try the Callebaut) from Superstore (bulk section). Then follow these really quick instructions:

  1. In a pan, melt over medium heat some 300 gr of dark chocolate. If you wanna be fancy, melt in a separate pan some white chocolate.
  2. When chocolate is melted, add a bit of vanilla essence and 1-2tsp cinnamon. Mix well then pour in a small bowl or cup.
  3. Quickly dip each pretzel into the chocolate mixture, then put on a cookie sheet. If using white chocolate, drizzle a bit  over the pretzels to create an uneven pattern.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  5. Make sure you don’t eat them all at once…

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels on Foodista

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Favorite Brownies with Orange Jam

This is the recipe for my favorite brownies. I got it from Calgary Herald a long time ago, and only recently discovered how well it goes with a bit of orange jam…

Ingredients: 3/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup cocoa, pinch of salt, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 eggs, 3 tbsp water, vanilla, raisins, chopped nuts and 1-2 tsp orange jam.

Instructions:

  1. Stir together flour, cocoa, salt and sugar.
  2. Add melted butter, eggs (incorporate one by one), water and vanilla. Beat thoroughly.
  3. Add raisins, nuts and orange jam. The best orange jam is the one made with big chunks of orange peels.
  4. Pour everything into a pan and put in oven (350F) for some 25 minutes.
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Craving chocolate? Try this one…

I was craving some chocolate this morning, and realized I only have two eggs left in the fridge.

As I was checking the recipe blogs, I found the Chocolate Drop Cookies from A Recipe a Day. And I thought I’d give them a try… here they are, soft and fluffy, sweet but not too sweet, in a word: delicious. The best part? It took me only 20 minutes to make them!!! I’m not gonna re-write the recipe here, just click on the link above.

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