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Texas Pecan and Chocolate Pie

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Because it’s Friday and as an homage to my home state, you get the pecan pie of Texas and luscious chocolate which make excellent partners in this rich dessert.

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Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust
1 cup all purpose flour
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (or more) ice water

Filling
4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces, lightly toasted

Preparation

For crust:

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in processor. Using on/off turns, process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 tablespoons ice water over mixture. Process just until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if mixture is dry. Gather dough into ball. Flatten into disk. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Roll out dough on floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Trim overhang to 1 inch; fold under and crimp decoratively. Set aside.

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For filling:

1. Stir chocolate and butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until melted. Cool slightly.

2. Whisk brown sugar, eggs and salt in large bowl to blend. Whisk in corn syrup and chocolate mixture. Sprinkle pecans over unbaked crust. Pour filling over pecans. Bake until crust is golden and filling is puffed, about 55 minutes.

3. Cool pie completely on rack.

Mile-High Chocolate Pie

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OK, I love the Dallas Cowboys, but I am also a fan of Peyton Manning and he just happens to play for the Denver Broncos in “The Mile-High City.” So, I thought this recipe would be apropos for my chocolate and football fans.

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Yield: Makes 10 servings

To get a super-light mousse, you’ll need to properly fold together the whipped cream, egg whites, and melted chocolate.

Ingredients

1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought
4 large egg whites
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
10 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 71% cacao), chopped, plus more shaved with a vegetable peeler for garnish
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup coarsely crushed chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers), divided
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Special equipment: A 9″ pie dish

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line pie dish with crust; crimp edges decoratively. Fully bake pie crust according to recipe or box instructions. Let cool completely.

2. Whisk egg whites and sugar in a medium heatproof bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water until sugar dissolves and egg whites are warm but not hot, 3–4 minutes. Remove from heat. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed until cool, tripled in volume, and stiff peaks form (the tips of the peaks won’t fall over when beaters are lifted from bowl and turned upright), about 6 minutes.

3. Stir chopped chocolate and butter in a large bowl set over same saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth, 4–5 minutes; set aside.

4. Beat 2 cups cream in another medium bowl until medium peaks form (cream should be soft and pillowy), 5–6 minutes.

5. Gently fold egg whites into warm chocolate mixture until fully incorporated (work quickly to prevent chocolate from turning gritty). Gently fold in whipped cream just until no white streaks remain; do not overmix or mixture will deflate. Spoon 1/2 cup chocolate mousse into bottom of prepared pie crust; spread evenly over bottom of crust. Sprinkle 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons crushed chocolate wafers over mousse. Top with remaining mousse, mounding in the center to create a dome. (The point is to add height, not to spread out evenly to edges.) Chill pie.

6. Beat remaining 2 cups cream, crème fraîche, and salt until medium-stiff peaks form (when the beaters are lifted from the cream, the peaks will hold their shape but the tips will fall over). Top chocolate mousse with whipped-cream mixture, following the same rounded dome shape. Chill pie for at least 4 hours or, covered, for up to 3 days. (It will slice best if chilled overnight, allowing mousse to set properly.)

7. Garnish pie with 2 tablespoons chocolate wafers and chocolate shavings. Slice pie using a clean, dry knife; wipe between slices to ensure clean, elegant pieces.

Dark Chocolate Pie With Cocoa Nib Praline

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Another chocolate on steroids recipe that you will LOVE! Cocoa nibs (bits of roasted shelled cocoa beans) are available at specialty foods stores or chefshop.com.

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Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

Cocoa nib praline
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon (packed) golden brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup cocoa nibs
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Chocolate filling
2 1/4 cups whole milk, divided
6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (such as Scharffen Berger or Valrhona)
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preparation

For crust:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish.

2.Mix melted butter, sugar, and salt in medium bowl. Add flour and mix until well blended. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of prepared dish; crimp edges decoratively. Bake crust until golden brown and cooked through, about 18 minutes. Cool crust completely on rack. Maintain oven temperature.

For cocoa nib praline:
1. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk first 5 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Stir in cocoa nibs and chopped pecans. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheet, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake until mixture spreads and is deep golden brown, about 18 minutes (mixture will flow together into 1 piece on baking sheet). Remove from oven; cool completely on sheet.

2. Break praline into irregular pieces or shards. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store airtight in single layer at room temperature.)

For chocolate filling and topping:
1. Bring 2 cups milk to simmer in heavy medium saucepan; remove from heat. Whisk egg yolks, brown sugar, vanilla, and remaining 1/4 cup milk to blend in medium bowl; whisk in cocoa powder and cornstarch until smooth. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture. Return mixture to saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils.

2. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and butter; whisk until melted and smooth. Pour filling into cooled pie crust. Refrigerate until filling is cold and set, about 4 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.)

3. Using electric mixer, beat cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.

4. Cut pie into wedges. Serve with whipped cream and praline pieces.

Yummy Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate lovers will adore this dessert. The edges and top develop a delicately crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Prep Time: 20 min

Ingredients

6 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cup(s) semisweet chocolate chips (or 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate)
6 large egg yolks
6 large egg whites
1/2 cup(s) granulated sugar
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees; with rack in center. Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Place butter and chocolate in a large bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until melted; cool slightly. Whisk in yolks.

2. In another bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar; beat until stiff and glossy. Whisk 1/4 of whites into chocolate mixture; gently fold mixture into remaining whites.

3. Pour into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until cake pulls away from sides of pan and is just set in center, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Serve dusted with confectioners’ sugar.

Chocolate Honey Almond Tarts

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Try this easy, chilled chocolate tart for a sweet finish to any meal!

Chocolate Honey Almond Tarts

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: 2

Ingredients

3 whole(s) (6 squares) chocolate graham crackers (see Tips & Techniques)
1 tablespoon(s) slivered almonds
2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing pans
1/2 cup(s) heavy cream
1 tablespoon(s) honey
1 cup(s) (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Almond Crunch Brittle

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of two 4-inch-diameter round or heart-shaped springform pans. Process graham crackers and almonds in a food processor until the mixture forms fine crumbs. Add butter; pulse until incorporated. Press into bottoms of prepared pans. Bake 10 minutes, until crusts are set; let cool on a wire rack.

2. Whisk heavy cream and honey in a 2-cup glass measure until blended; microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes until mixture is simmering. Add chocolate; let stand 1 minute, then stir until mixture is smooth. Pour mixture over prepared crusts; smooth tops. Refrigerate at least 3 hours (preferably overnight).

3.Loosen tarts from sides of pans by running a knife around the edges. Remove sides of pans and transfer tarts to dessert plates. Top with pieces of Almond Crunch Brittle and serve.

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bomb

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I’ve seen a lot of chocolate desserts in my day, but none quite as implosive as this. This magical melting chocolate bombe is an implosion of gooey goodness. Basically, the dessert is a shell of chocolate candy with a delicious treat hidden inside.

Just set the loaded bomb on a plate, pour hot fudge or caramel over the top, and watch the shell melt away into a pile of ooey-gooey goodness. It’s part magic trick, part science experiment, and all parts fabulous holiday dessert idea. Bombs away!

Ingredients

Spheres
400g (14.11 ounces) dark chocolate (you will have left over, use below) Check your chocolates ingredients if it contains cocoa butter it is real chocolate and must be tempered or will not hold its shape at room temperature. NOTE: If you want tempered chocolate then the easiest thing to do at home is to simply keep the chocolate in temper. You only need to temper chocolate if it is real chocolate. Candy melts and some other melts are not real chocolate and so do not require tempering.

Cremeux
135g (4.76 ounces) dark chocolate
110g (3.88 ounces) milk chocolate
225 ml or 1 cup minus 5 teaspoons of cream (any cream that is around 35% fat is good)
100 ml or 1/3 cup plus 3 teaspoons of whole milk
60g (2.12 ounces) egg yolk (approx 4)
30g (1.06 ounces) sugar

1 cup fine sugar or caster sugar
1/4 cup water
100g (3.53 ounces) unsalted roasted peanuts

Easy Caramel Sauce
75g (2.65 ounces) or 5 tablespoons butter
100 ml or 1/3 cup plus 3 teaspoons of cream
100g (3.53 ounces) or 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Directions

Watch how to make this masterpiece in the video below:
Credit: Ann Reardon, “How To Cook That”