Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti – 2 go!

September 8, 2008

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So let me start by enlightening my dear readers with the ‘ 2 go ‘ next to the title of this post. Basically I made these Oh my gawd delicious biscotti to take with me in an airtight container to university. Weird – I know, but since I don’t really do store bought cookies I thought this will be a good alternative – till it lasts.

The recipe adapted from www.joyofbaking.com actually called for hazelnuts but my nut of the moment has been pistachio lately so I opted for them instead.

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

  • Ingredients:

1) 4 ounces (125 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

2) 1 cup (215 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar

3) 1 3/4 (250 grams) cups all-purpose flour

4) 1/3 cup (30 grams) unsweetened cocoa, preferably Dutch-processed

5) 1 tablespoon (4 grams) instant espresso powder

6) 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda

7) 1/4 teaspoon salt

8) 3 large eggs

9) 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract

10) 1 cup (150 grams) Pistachios, toasted.

  • Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). To toast Pistachios: spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.Cool. Set aside while you prepare the dough.

2) Reduce temperature of oven to 300 degree F (150 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

3) In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the coarsely chopped chocolate and brown sugar and process until the chocolate is very fine; set aside.

4) Sift or whisk together the flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl; set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer combine the eggs and vanilla extract and beat to blend, about 30 seconds. On low speed mix in the chocolate/sugar and flour mixtures until a stiff dough forms, adding the pistachios about half way through mixing.

5) Divide the dough in half. Transfer to the baking sheet and drop the dough in the shape of a log using spatula , spacing them well apart (width-wise on the pan), and pat to even the shapes. Bake until almost firm to the touch, about 35 – 40 minutes (logs will spread during baking). Remove from the oven, place on wire rack, and let cool for 10 minutes.

6) Using a long spatula transfer the logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife cut the dough into slices 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick on the diagonal. Arrange the slices cut-side down on the baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Turn the slices over and bake until crisp and dry, about 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.

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Mocha Chocolate Cake – For my Lovely Mother’s Birthday

July 1, 2008

Hello everyone, i hadn’t baked anything in a couple of days as i was waiting to bake for my mom’s birthday. Originally i had planned to bake an opera cake but it turned out that the opera cake would be too ginormous for the family so i ended up making a mocha chocolate cake. The recipe for the cake is from Dorie Greenspan book, but i got the recipe from a blog as i don’t have the book yet – unfortunate i know! The original recipe has different icing but i opted to make a chocolate mocha fudge icing (adapted from different sources), Which turned out nothing short of heavenly! The cakes texture was so soft and airy as it had oil and buttermilk, so the cake ain’t that heavy on your sides either! I made the cake yesterday morning at the crack of dawn (literally – since i wake up early to do pilates anyway!) and hid it in me aunts room so that my mom doesn’t spot it but I’m guessing she figured it out since the house was smelling gloriously of chocolate and coffee. But she pretended not to know anything about it! So this morning I’ve been up early (for pilates) and to put the icing on my lovely. I also made pancakes and banana smoothie for my moms breakfast “buffet”. I didn’t have much time for the pancakes so i just went with Bisquick – but i come across a recipe for whole grain pancakes which i intend to try out later and if it turns out to be a success I’ll definitely post it!

The naked cake (ie before frosting):

Anyway enough blabbing .. the recipe:

Mocha Chocolate Cake

 Ingredients:

1)1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2)2 cups sugar

3)3/4 cup good cocoa powder

4)2 tsp baking soda

5)1 tsp baking powder

6)1 tsp kosher salt

7)1 cup buttermilk, shaken

8)1/2 cup vegetable oil

9)2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

10)1 tsp pure vanilla extract

11)1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Directions:

1)Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans, line them with parchment paper, then butter and flour them.

2)Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With the mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

3)Set the pans on a cooling rack and cool in the pans for 30 minutes. Loosen the edges by running a knife around the inside, if needed, turn the cake onto a plate, peel the parchment paper off the bottom, then turn the cake onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

4)When the layers are completely cooled, place one layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Mocha Chocolate Icing: ( i cut the recipe in half)
12 oz Semi Sweet chocolate chips.
8 oz sour cream
1/2 cup butter
4 1/2 cups sifted icing sugar
2 teaspoon coffee

Melt the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes stir in sour cream and sifted powdered sugar. Enjoy!