Favorite chocolate & raspberry recipes?
Have a friend who loves the combination and would like to make her something special for her bday.
you can go simple--in a double boiler, melt some chopped dark chocolate and a tablespoon of butter or shortening until smooth. and let cool until it isn't runny, but falls from the spoon in a slow steady stream. dollop/pour a teaspoon full onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and add a fresh raspberry (stem/hole side down) atop this little mound. let dry. repeat with as many as you need. these bonbons are really good.
alternatively, you can use these as a garnish for a chocolate raspberry torte. bake two chocolate cakes (9 inches)and trim and brush with raspberry glaze (you may want to strain the glaze through a sieve to get rid of seeds and add some chambord). add a layer of stiffly beaten whipped cream mixed with pureed raspberries (swirl them for visual effect or mix completely for a pink hue)and a single layer of fresh raspberries. sprinkle on some grated dark chocolate. add the second layer of cake. you can go with a ganache for a sexy sheen and top decoratively with more raspberries. or you can repeat the previous step for a more rustic looking cake.
also...dark chocolate mousse with raspberry puree (don't forget the chambord) and fresh raspberries is also quite good...and a little less complicated :)
well, this isn't "special" but it is certainly one of my faves. and i like to keep them in the fridge and eat them chilled. to make it even easier than it already is, i do it all in the food processor. it is originally from "cooking light" mag but since you have to subscribe to access their archive, i found it elsewhere. it's the 2nd recipe down...enjoy!
The best ever chocolate-raspberry dessert I've ever made is the Chocolate Damnation from Michel Desaulnier's Trellis cookbook. I don't have the book handy but this is what it isin a nutshell: first layer is a chocolate cheesecake in chocolate cookie crust. Frost lightly with raspberry coulis. Next layer is a single chocoate layer, split horizontally, frosted lightly with raspberry coulis and filled with chocolate mousse. Frost top half with raspberry coulis. Refrigerate to firm up mousse and coulis. Frost entire cake with chocolate ganache. Garnish with raspberries. Absolutely decadent, and a very special birthday treat.
Make your best chocolate layer cake, using coffee and a dash of cinnamon.
Slather the layers with a mixture of your best rasberry preserves thinned with Cointreau and rum. Make this a few hours in advance to let the booze really sink in.
I like a plain cream cheese frosting, but I like the other hound's rasberry cream idea better.