Monthly Archives: December 2015

Chocolate Clementine Cake with Hot Chocolate Sauce


This cake can be made a day in advance. The Hot Chocolate Sauce can be stored, covered, in refrigerator up to 1 week; reheat over low heat until warmed through. Make both the cake and sauce with the best quality bittersweet chocolate you can find. Substitute semisweet chocolate if you wish.


Makes 12 to 16 servings


12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup butter, cut into pieces
7 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar, divided
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons grated clementine zest (about 2 clementines)*
2 medium clementines, peeled and coarsely chopped*
3 tablespoons orange liqueur**
1/4 teaspoon salt
Hot Chocolate Sauce
Garnish: sweetened whipped cream


Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 50 Minutes
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch springform pan; line bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour parchment, tapping out excess flour; set aside.

2. Stir together chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.

3. Beat egg yolks and 3/4 cup sugar in a large bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until pale and thick. Add melted chocolate mixture, beating until blended. Add flour, beating until blended, stopping to scrape down sides. Stir in zest, chopped clementines, and orange liqueur.

4. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add salt and remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third egg white mixture into chocolate mixture; repeat twice. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

5. Bake at 350° for 50 to 55 minutes or until slightly firm to touch. (Cracks will form on top of cake.) Remove cake to a wire rack; run sharp knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool slightly.

6. Remove sides of springform pan. Invert cake onto serving plate, and remove springform bottom and parchment paper. Serve warm with Hot Chocolate Sauce; garnish, if desired.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee


With just six ingredients, these sweet treats will be your go-to recipe for all holiday parties. Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee ready for all your Christmas parties, neighbors, coworkers, friends, and self. This, crunchy and frozen, with a glass of cold milk or hot chocolate? It’s magical stuff.



1 cup brown sugar
1 cup salted butter
1 sleeve Saltine crackers
¾ cup peanut butter
1½ -2 cups chocolate chips

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1. Cover a 9×13 baking dish with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or grease with oil. Arrange the saltines in one layer in the pan, leaving a little bit of room between each cracker, and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small nonstick saucepan. Bring to a boil and let boil without stirring for three minutes. Pour the hot mixture over the crackers and bake for 5 minutes.

3. Drop the peanut butter onto the hot cracker and toffee mixture; bake for another 1 minute to melt. Spread the peanut butter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips; bake for another 1 minute to melt. Spread the chocolate evenly and top with sprinkles.

4. Freeze or chill for 1 hour or until set. Break into small pieces for serving.

Sunday Reflections


I truly wish joy and peace to you during this Christmas Season. Blessings to you and yours! – Love, TenaciousM


TenaciousM’s Favorite Chocolate Cheese Cake


I guess I have to say it. This cake is for major chocolate lovers and for good reason. Those chocolate cake layers PLUS the chocolate cheesecake layer PLUS the chocolate frosting PLUS the shavings on top. Dig out the vanilla ice cream to accompany slices of this! #chocolatefriendsofTenaciousM enjoy!!



5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, divided
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons light (white or golden) corn syrup


1. Prepare the cheesecake layer: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place a large roasting pan on the lower third rack of the oven. Place a kettle of water on the stove to boil. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Wrap a double layer of foil around the bottom and up the sides of the pan (you want to seal it so the water from the water bath doesn’t seep into the pan). Place chocolate in a medium glass bowl. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring after each burst. Set the chocolate aside and let it cool off until it is lukewarm but still pourable. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the cream cheese- blend until it is nice and smooth and creamy. Mix in sugar and cocoa powder and blend until incorporated, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition. Mix in the lukewarm chocolate. Mix until smooth. The batter will be very thick- scrape it into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Set the pan into the roasting pan in the pre-heated oven. Carefully pour the hot water from your kettle into the roasting pan (it will fill the pan surrounding the cheesecake). Pour enough water so that there is about an inch of water coming up the foil along the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake the cheesecake for 45 minutes. It should be set to the touch and not jiggly. Remove the cheesecake from the roasting pan and let it cool on a wire rack for at least an hour. When it has cooled, place the pan into the freezer and let the cheesecake freeze completely. This can be done in several hours- or overnight.

2. Prepare the cake layers: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round metal baking pans (or spray with nonstick baking spray with flour). In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add espresso powder, eggs, 1/4 cup of the buttermilk, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat for 1 minute, until blended. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the remaining buttermilk and beat on low speed for 15 to 30 seconds, until just blended. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pans, dividing equally. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pans, then invert cakes onto a rack to cool completely.

3. Prepare the frosting: In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and butter. Microwave 1 to 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir, until melted and smooth. Whisk the sour cream and corn syrup into the chocolate mixture until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until firm enough to spread.

4. Assemble the cake: Place one cake layer into the center of a cake plate or platter. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer, take off the sides of the pan, and slide a knife under the parchment to remove the cheesecake from the pan. Peel off the parchment. Measure your cheesecake layer against the cake layers. If the cheesecake layer turns out to be a slightly larger round than your cake, move it to a cutting board and gently shave off some of the exterior of the cheesecake (with a sharp knife) to get it to the same size as your cake layers. Place the cheesecake layer on top of the first cake layer. Place the 2nd cake layer on top of the cheesecake.

5. Frost the cake: Apply a crumb coat layer to the cake- use a long, thin spatula to cover the cake completely with a thin and even layer of frosting. Be sure to wipe off your spatula each time you are about to dip it back into the bowl to get more frosting (this way you won’t be transferring any crumbs into the bowl of frosting). Don’t worry at this point about the crumbs being visible in the frosting on the cake. When your cake has a thin layer of frosting all over it, place it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to “set” the frosting. Once the first layer of frosting is set, apply the 2nd layer. Start by adding a large scoop of frosting onto the top of the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to spread the frosting evenly across the top and then spread it down the sides of the cake too. Because you applied a crumb-coat layer, you shouldn’t have any crumbs floating around in the final frosting layer. Decorate, as desired. I recommend white chocolate shavings (see *Tips below). Keep this cake refrigerated.


*Using a good quality bittersweet chocolate will make a difference in this recipe. Splurge for Scharffen Berger or something similar.
*For making white chocolate shavings: Purchase a hunk of white chocolate and a hunk of dark chocolate. Microwave the chocolate to soften it up slightly (15 to 30 seconds, depending on the size). Use a potato peeler to run down the side of the chocolate to create shards/shaves/curls of chocolate. I like to shave it onto a paper plater and then just use the plate to slide the chocolate onto the top of the cake.
*If you are serving this cake at a party, it’s perfectly okay to leave the cake at room temperature for an hour or so while serving. Otherwise, keep it refrigerated.

Himbeer Schoko Plätzchen

Himbeer Schoko Plätzchen

Chocolate from one of my favorite bloggers!! Enjoy!



Weiße Schokolade und Himbeere. Ich mag diese Kombination einfach. Der Geschmack der Himbeere kommt von dem Himbeerfruchtpulver. Das habe ich so noch nicht in einem Geschäft entdeckt und musste es bisher Online kaufen. Mit dem Pulver schlagt ihr zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe. Zum einen färbt das Pulver den Teig schön rosa und gleichzeitig habt ihr den vollen Himbeergeschmack. Je nach Konsistenz und Intensität könnt ihr noch mit etwas roter Lebensmittelfarbe nachhelfen, sollte euch der Teig nicht rosa genug sein.

Dazu kommen noch die Mandelstifte, die beim Backen noch etwas geröstet werden und so das Ganze noch etwas weihnachtlich abrunden.

Jetzt wünsche ich euch bei meinem dritten – und für heute letzten – Streich, viel Vergnügen.

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Hot Chocolate Fudge Pie


If you love chocolate, then this is for you. It is oh so gooey and delicious… #chocolatefriendsofTenaciousM, enjoy!



1 stick butter, softened
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c all purpose flour


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add cocoa powder, salt and flour and stir until well combined. Grease 8 inch pie pan with butter or cooking spray, pour mixture into pie pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until center is set.

3. Hand mix to make it gooey, because if you use a mixer, it will have more of a brownie or cake texture, rather than “gooey”.

Sunday Reflections


Happy first Sunday in December. I hope you and those you love appreciate the blessing of another day and week. Blessings!


The Montgomery Bus Boycott began 60 years ago today, Dec. 5th, 1955


Source: The Montgomery Bus Boycott began 60 years ago today, Dec. 5th, 1955

Chocolate Oreo Rice Krispie Treats


I make these in a 9×9 pan because I prefer a thicker square but any size pan will work! The better quality chocolate you use, the better these taste!



¼ cup butter
55 large marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups chopped Oreo cookies (plus extra for decorating)
4 oz milk chocolate


1. In a large put melt butter & marshmallows over low heat until smooth & creamy. Remove from heat.

2. Combine marshmallow mixture and cereal and stir until cereal is coated. Fold in Oreos.

3. Place in a greased pan and refrigerate until completely cool.

4. Cut Krispies into squares. Melt chocolate in the microwave on 40% power until just about melted (stirring it will melt any pieces left without overheating). Dip one edge of the squares into the chocolate and place on parchment paper. Top with additional Oreos if desired.

5. Refrigerate to set.