Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse #ChocolateParty

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I would have shared this post with you a week ago but my first try at making mousse was a failure.  It never set up and was kinda soupy.  The taste was great but it just wasn’t mousse.  To add to my disappointment, the recipe was supposed to be easy.  I set about trying to find a better recipe and one of the comments on a recipe I was considering (can’t remember which one) recommended Wolfgang Puck’s recipe which turned out wonderfully.

You’ll love this recipe.  It’s delicious and addicting.  There isn’t an overwhelming flavor of hazelnuts, so if you’re not a fan of hazelnuts, don’t worry you’ll just wonder why it tastes so good.  I would recommend using individual sized containers to hold the mousse otherwise you might find yourself eating an entire recipe of mousse spoonful after spoonful – just sayin’.

The reason for this recipe combination is the Chocolate Party hosted by Roxana’s Home Baking.  I like hazelnuts and who doesn’t love chocolate?

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse

Yield:  8 servings                 Cook Time:  10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 5 ounces milk chocolate (I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips)
  • 1 tablespoon Frangelico
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • whole hazelnuts for garnish

Directions:

Step 1:  In a large bowl combine egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar; set aside.  Melt chocolate over hot water or in the microwave.  Stir chocolate to ensure it’s of smooth consistency.  My chocolate had little lumps that were difficult to smooth out.

Step 2:  Bring cream to a boil in a small sauce pan.  Mix cream into the melted chocolate until completely combined.  Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.  Mix the Frangelico and hazelnut extract into the chocolate mixture.  Mix the chocolate mixture slowly into the egg yolk mixture so the yolks don’t begin to cook.  Set aside.

Step 3:  Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, mix egg whites and lemon juice.  Beat until soft peaks appear.  Add 1/2 cup sugar and continue beating on high until stiff and shiny.

Step 4:  Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.  Repeat with the remaining egg whites in two equal additions.  Spoon or pour into individual serving bowls and refrigerate six hours to overnight.  Garnish with whole hazelnuts before serving.  Try not to eat the entire recipe.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Wolfgang Puck’s Heavenly Chocolate Mousse.

Tips:  Store in the refrigerator.

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1.)  Blog about your chocolate treat.  Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose.  It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake; the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.
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3.)  Your recipe must be published during the current month.  Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

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Man Food Linky Party #GetHimFed Fridays No. 39

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Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies

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Has everyone been as busy as I have?  I have deadlines looming at work and yard work piling up.  Spring and early summer there’s so much to do.  I’d love to hear any shortcuts and tips you have with yard work.  And, has anyone had the explosion of poison ivy that we’ve had in the northeast this year?!?

I was looking for another quick and easy recipe to share with you.  I found this one that would use up some of my left over Easter candy too.  This recipe came together so quickly and was a cinch to make.  The bars are gooey with tons of chocolate and delicious.

Enjoy!

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Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies

Yield:  16 bars                 Cook Time:  40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate mini eggs

Directions:

Step 1:  In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.  I melted the butter in the microwave but you can melt it over medium heat on the stove.  In the bowl of the stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the melted butter and brown sugar on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes.  The mixture should look lighter and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, as needed.

Step 2:  Mix in vanilla and egg and egg yolk until mixture is creamy.  Mix in the flour in 3 additions until each is combined using a low setting on your mixer.  Prepare an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan by lining with aluminum foil and greasing with cooking spray.  Transfer the dough to the baking and use the back of a silicone spatula to spread batter evenly across the pan.

Step 3:  Bake in a 325 degree preheated oven for 40 minutes.  The top should be golden brown and a toothpick test should come out clean.  When done, remove the pan from the oven and cool on a rack for 30 minutes.  Place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer to cool completely (a few hours or overnight).  Slice into 2 by 2 inch squares.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Bakeaholic Momma.

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Man Food Linky Party #GetHimFed Fridays No. 37

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bars

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Ugh!  I’ve lost another battle to the dandelions.  I was gaining on them this year because the weather was cooler for a while but then a couple of weeks ago we had three days of rain and a warm weekend – it was all over but the crying.  I’m not giving up entirely and will continue on my mission to pull all of them up in the front yard.  Hopefully this will put me in a better position for next year’s dandelion battle.  Wish me luck.

On to more dandilicious happenings…  I was debating whether I should post this recipe because I wanted to tweak it and bring you the revised version with double the cookie dough but time didn’t permit.  While this version is delicious, I am a cookie dough lover and feel that you can never have too much.  These bars a full of buttery goodness and although the cookie dough isn’t as sweet as the chocolate chip cookie dough I’ve had, it’s still quite yummy.  If you’re a fan of shortbread, this bar certainly has what you’re looking for too.  Feel free to leave the recipe as is, if you prefer to have more shortbread than cookie dough.  I will certainly double the cookie dough the next time I make them.  Which version would you prefer?

Have a great Memorial Day!

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bar | Bakewell JunctionSnickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bars

Yield:  16 bars                 Cook Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients:

Shortbread:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt (I used Kosher salt)
  • 2 cups flour

Cookie dough:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping:

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

Directions:

Step 1:  For the shortbread:  Cream together butter, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl on high speed for 3 minutes.  The mixture should look light and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, as needed.  Mix in 1/3 of the flour until combined using a low setting on your mixer.  Repeat for each of the remaining 1/3 additions.

Step 2:  Prepare an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan by lining with aluminum foil and greasing with cooking spray.  Transfer the dough to the baking and press evenly across the pan.  Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.  The top should be golden brown.  When done, remove the pan from the oven and cool on a rack for 30 minutes.  Place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer to cool completely.

Step 3:  For the cookie dough:  In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter and sugar over medium heat.  Stir constantly until the butter is melted and the sugar has mostly dissolved.  This will help the cookie dough to have a less grainy mouth feel from the sugar.  The mixture will take on a custard-like look – this is okay.  Transfer the mixture to a medium mixing bowl, let cook for 15 minutes and then beat at a high speed for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add in the milk and vanilla and mix to combine.  Mix in the flour at a low speed until combined.  Spread cookie dough evenly on the completely cooled shortbread.  Using the back of a silicone spatula, smooth the top of the cookie dough for an even finish.

Step 4:  For the topping:  Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly across the top of the bars.  Place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to set and cool completely.  Slice into 2 by 2 inch squares.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from love to be in the kitchen.

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Man Food Linky Party #GetHimFed Fridays No. 35

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Ultimate Crumb Brownies

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Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day.  My family came over for dinner yesterday and I made these yummy brownies.  I would have had a photo of the entire baked recipe but my brother-in-law grabbed some of the crumbs from one end of brownies.

Since everyone loves cake crumbs (at least I think everyone does), I decided to incorporate them into my favorite brownie mix.  I used half the crumb recipe from my Sour Cream Coffee Ultimate Crumb Cake and it turned out wonderfully.  There is some brownie at the bottom of those crumbs.

What did you do this Mother’s Day?  Did you make or do anything special?

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Ultimate Crumb Brownies

Yield:  12 brownies                 Cook Time:  45 minutes

Ingredients:

Batter:

  • 1 package of your favorite brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli)

Crumbs:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 1 – 2 tablespoons powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

Step 1:  For the batter:  Prepare the brownie mix as described on the package.  Transfer the batter to an 8 by 8 inch pan lined with parchment paper.  Spread evenly in the pan.  Begin baking in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Step 2:  For the crumbs:  while the brownies are baking, mix together all the ingredients for the crumbs with a fork to start.  Finish mixing with fingers.  There should be large crumbs.  After the brownies bake for 20 minutes, remove the brownie pan from the oven and sprinkle the crumbs evenly across the top of the brownies.  The weight of the crumbs will flatten the brownies somewhat.  Return to the oven.

Step 3:  Raise the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake on a higher rack for another 20 – 25 minutes.  The crumbs will brown ever so slightly.  Cool in the pan on a rack for at least 20 minutes.  Use the parchment paper to help remove the brownies from the pan and cool completely on a rack.  Transfer the brownies onto a serving tray and sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar.  Cut into 2 to 2 inch squares and eat.

Enjoy!

Crumb recipe from a co-worker.

Tips:  Store in an airtight container.

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