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http://www.projectfoodie.com/cookbook-recipes/recipe/cream-cheese-shortbread-with-toasted-walnuts.html

 

Makes about 36 cookies

 

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Tip: If you can find dulce de leche at your market and you’re in a sassy mood, go ahead and sandwich two of these cookies together with some of the caramel spread.

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Let the nuts cool (leave the oven on). When the walnuts are cool enough to handle, put them in a food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times, until all of the large pieces have been chopped.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the chopped walnuts, and stir to combine.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium speed until the mixture is light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the vanilla and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture, and mix for 20 seconds. Take the mixing bowl off the mixer and finish mixing the dough with a rubber spatula.

5. Scoop out a small round of dough, about 1 ½ tablespoons in size. Roll the scoop into a ball, place it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and gently press the ball. Repeat, leaving 1 inch between cookies.

6. Bake the cookies for 14 to 16 minutes, until they are light brown around the edges. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let them cool.

http://bunsinmyoven.com/2012/01/11/brown-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb chocolate chips/chunks
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Begin by melting the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly. The butter will foam and then once the foam subsides you will notice small dark flecks in the butter. Continue stirring until the butter has reached a dark brown color without burning. (I take it just to the edge of burning, but you can stop sooner.) Pour the butter in a small bowl and refrigerate until hardened again.
  2. Once the butter has hardened back up, cream it together with the sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Add the eggs one a time, mixing until fully incorporated.
  4. Beat in the vanilla and mix until light and fully.
  5. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  6. With your mixer on low, slowly add the flour to the butter mixture.
  7. Continue mixing until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  8. Dump in the chocolate and mix for another couple of seconds to combine.
  9. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Ingredients
Makes about 24 mini eclairs

1 finished batch, cooled to room temperature, Pâte à Choux
**Instead of piping them into small circles you will pipe them into oval shapes about the length and width of your thumb.  Egg wash and bake as directed.

Pastry Cream
2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
3 1/2 T. cornstarch
1/4 t. salt
2 t. vanilla extract

Chocolate Sauce
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions
Pastry Cream
1) Heat the milk and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a sauce pan over medium high heat.

2) Whisk together the egg yolks and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until the egg yolks become pale in color (see picture above).  Slowly add in cornstarch 1 T. at a time while whisking.

3) Temper the egg yolk mixture to keep your eggs from scrambling.  This is done by slowly pouring 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks while whisking.  This brings up the temperature of the yolks so they can be added to the milk mixture.  Continue whisking and add an additional 1/4 cup of the hot milk.

4) Pour the egg yolk mixture into the sauce pan with the remaining milk and whisk continuously over medium heat until the mixture thickens and starts to bubble.  It should become the texture of pudding.  Add in the vanilla and salt, stir, and remove from heat.

5) Pass through a fine mesh strainer or sieve into a glass or plastic bowl and cover with plastic wrap  (the plastic wrap should lay directly on the top of the pastry cream to avoid forming a skin – you can spray the plastic wrap with cooking spray to avoid sticking) and refrigerate at least 2 hours but up to 7 days.

Chocolate Sauce
6) To make the chocolate sauce heat the cream and chocolate chips over barely simmering water stirring as necessary.  Alternatively you can melt them together in the microwave at a medium setting stirring after each 30 second increment until fully melted

Assembly
7) To assemble the salambo carefully slice the each pastry length wise and remove the top.  Fill the center with pastry cream and dip the top into the chocolate sauce before placing back on top of the pastry.

Black Forest Cupcakes
from: annie’s eats

http://annies-eats.com/2011/06/10/black-forest-cupcakes/

Yield: about 22 cupcakes
Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:
½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
½ cup hot water
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1½ cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2½ tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature

For the cherry filling:
16 oz. frozen cherries, thawed*
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. kirsch (optional)

For the frosting:
1½ cups heavy cream, chilled
6 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For garnish:
Fresh (or maraschino) cherries, with stems
Chocolate shavings

*Note: You can use either tart or sweet cherries for this filling depending on your personal tastes and what is available to you.  Feel free to adjust the sugar as needed to achieve your desired level of sweetness or tartness in the filling.  I used tart cherries and the amount of sugar indicated.

 

Directions:
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line standard cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water until smooth.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and the sugar over medium heat.  Heat, stirring occasionally to combine, until the butter is melted.  Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Beat on medium-low speed, 4-5 minutes, until the mixture is cooled.  Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed and beating well after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla and then the cocoa mixture and beat until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, beating just until combined.

Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling them about ¾ of the way full.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through baking.  Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the filling, drain the thawed berries, reserving the juice in a liquid measuring cup.  Add enough water so that the total liquid equals 1¼ cups.  Add the liquid to a medium saucepan with the sugar and cornstarch.  Heat over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken.  Continue whisking so no lumps form.  Once thickened, remove from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice.  Fold in the drained cherries with a spatula.  Stir in the kirsch, if using.  Cover and chill until ready to use.  (The filling will continue to thicken as it chills.)

To fill the cupcakes, use the cone method to remove a portion from the center of each cupcake.  Fill each with a spoonful of the cherry filling.

To make the whipped cream frosting, add the heavy cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Start beating on medium-low speed, slowly increasing as the cream begins to thicken up to medium-high speed.  While the cream is being whipped, gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar a spoonful at a time.  Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.  (Be careful not to overbeat!)  Fold in the vanilla extract.

Frost the filled cupcakes with the whipped cream.  (I used a pastry bag fitted with an Ateco #809 tip.) Garnish as desired with cherries and chocolate shavings.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

webbie: http://www.raspberricupcakes.com/2011/05/ultimate-milo-chocolate-malt-cake.html

milo_cake-6

125g butter, room temperature
50g (about 1/4 cup) caster sugar
195g (about 1 1/4 cups) plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
150g (about 1 1/4 cups) Milo powder (you could also use Ovaltine or Malted Milk Powder + Cocoa)
3 eggs
120ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk

For the condensed milk icing:
150g butter
350g icing sugar
2/3 cups condensed milk

For the ganache:
300ml pouring cream (min. 35% milk fat pure cream)
400g dark chocolate
1/2 cup Milo

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease and line a 20cm round springform tin. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder and Milo together and then gradually add to the rest of the mixture with the mixer on low speed. With the mixer still on low, add buttermilk until just combined. Pour into cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove and cool in tin for 10 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

To prepare condensed milk icing, remove butter from fridge at least 30 mins before starting. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat on high with an electric mixer until fluffy, add icing sugar and condensed milk and beat until smooth and fluffy. Cut cooled cake into three equal slices, sandwich condensed milk icing in between layers of cake. Prepare the milo ganache; break chocolate up into small pieces and place in a large mixing bowl with the milo. (I found the milo formed small clumps, so it might be better to try adding milo to the cream in the saucepan first) Heat cream gently in a medium saucepan until it just reaches the boil. Pour hot cream into mixing bowl and set aside for 10 minutes to allow chocolate to melt. Using a whisk, stir until mixture is smooth and glossy. Set aside to cool to room temperature, until mixture is thick and only just pourable. (If you are impatient, you can chill in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes)

Pour ganache over the top of the sandwiched cake. If the ganache runs right off the edge of the cake, it is not cool enough, scrape the excess ganache back into the bowl and chill for longer. When it is ready, the ganache will lighten and be slightly less shiny, and then you can use a spatula to cover the top and sides of the cake, swirling the surface using the spatula. Leave ganache to set for about half an hour before serving. Can be stored in the fridge overnight. Serve at room temperature.

 

webbie: http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2011/10/15/banana-bread-cupcakes-with-caramel-cream-cheese-frosting/

Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:
1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup sour cream (I used low-fat, and they turned out great!)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk

For the caramel cream cheese frosting:
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons, or 1/2-stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Instructions
1. For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a cupcake pan with the liners of your choice.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. In a small bowl, using a potato masher or fork, mash the bananas until smooth.
5. Add the sour cream and the vanilla to the mashed bananas, mixing well.
6. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together at medium-high speed, until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
7. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and add the egg and egg yolk, mixing until thoroughly combined.
8. Reduce the mixer speed to low and alternately add the flour and sour cream/banana mixture in two additions, mixing until just combined.
9. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared lined baking cups and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
10. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting.

11. For the caramel cream cheese frosting:  In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt (without stirring!) 1/2 cup cup of the confectioners’ sugar (this shouldn’t take too long-watch the sugar carefully because once it starts turning into liquid, it goes very quickly!)
12. Continue cooking the sugar until it turns a golden amber color (about 1-2 minutes more), stirring occasionally.
13. Very carefully (it will bubble up vigorously, so please be careful!), add 1/2 cup whipping cream, the vanilla, and the salt, mixing well until smooth.
14. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon whipping cream and mix well.
15. Strain the hot caramel sauce over a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
16. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until thoroughly mixed and smooth, about 2 minutes.
17. Reduce the mixer speed to low (unless you want powdered sugar everywhere, including in your lungs….), and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar into the mixture until smooth.
18. Add the cooled caramel to the frosting and mix well to thoroughly incorporate.

 

webbie: http://www.christinamarsigliese.com/2010/05/ganache-takes-cake.html
Ganache is an oil-in-water emulsion of cream and chocolate. The continuous phase is composed mostly of water from the cream and the oil phase is composed of both milk fat globules from the cream and cocoa butter fat droplets from the chocolate. Cocoa particles are also suspended in the water phase and some of their components can bind water. Ganache can be made from anywhere between a 1:1 ratio of cream to chocolate to a 1:2 ratio. The latter ratio will produce a firmer texture, and the extent of firmness depends on the cocoa content of the chocolate. Couverture chocolate is a high quality chocolate that is ideal for making ganache due to is increased cocoa butter content, which gives it good melting properties.

Here are the steps for making ganache:

1. Very finely chop the chocolate and place it in a heatproof bowl.
2. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat just until it comes to a boil so that small bubbles begin to form around the edges.
3. Pour the hot cream over chopped chocolate.
4. Let mixture stand without stirring for about 10 minutes.
5. Gently stir mixture in a circular motion using a rubber spatula, starting from the center and working your way out to the sides, until it is smooth and glossy.
6. Pour mixture into a shallow glass baking dish and let stand at room temperature until firm.

Although this process seems fairly simple and straightforward, there are some technical points to remember.

Finely chopping the chocolate allows for rapid and even melting.

Letting the mixture stand for 10 minutes allows the hot cream to slowly and gently melt the chocolate. It also allows the mixture to cool down, preferably to about 110 degrees F, before stirring. This helps to form a homogeneous, smooth ganache as it lets the chocolate and cream come to the same temperature, making it easier for the two phases to form an emulsion. A proper emulsion will prevent separation of the oil phase once the mixture is set.

Chocolate is very high-maintenance and requires gradual heating and cooling. Over-mixing can cause a rapid decrease in temperature, which may result in a coarse texture. Gentle stirring is all it takes to reduce the fat to tiny droplets suspended within the water phase, helping the mixture come together and form an emulsion without separation or graininess. Too much agitation can introduce air bubbles into the mixture and break the emulsion.

Remember how I mentioned that cocoa particle components can bind water? Well, this attribute is one of the reasons why a smooth, glossy ganache can set up into a grainy, separated mess. A ganache made with a high ratio of chocolate to cream, especially when using bittersweet chocolate, is more susceptible to developing an unappealing texture. As the mixture rests, cocoa particles bind moisture from the water phase of the emulsion and swell up. This makes less room in the water phase for the milk fat globules and cocoa butter droplets to remain individually suspended, causing them to coalesce or merge together to form a single droplet. These larger fat droplets cannot sustain their suspension and separate from the mixture. Eventually, the water-logged cocoa particles can stick to each other and cause the ganache to coarsen or become grainy.

Pouring the stirred ganache into a shallow dish exposes the mixture to a larger surface area and helps it tomature evenly at room temperature. Maturing ganache refers to the gradual and complete crystallization of cocoa butter, which creates a sinfully smooth, melt-in-your mouth texture. I do not recommend immediate refrigeration of ganache because it can develop an oily or greasy consistency as it warms back to room temperature.