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kkak97 Nov 17, 2007 07:54 AM

My darling husband requested an additional dessert for Thanksgiving. When I asked him to be more specific he said, "something chocolate." I've got pumpkin pie, pecan pie, banana cream pie...and now a chocolate dilemma. Any suggestions?

  1. JoanN Nov 17, 2007 08:03 AM

    This is about as chocolate as you can get. And it keeps for a couple of weeks in the fridge so you can do it way ahead of time.

    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

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      kkak97 Nov 17, 2007 09:11 AM

      I was thinking along theses lines. Initially I intended on making a chocolate hazelnut torte, but thought I'd see if some CH had something unusual to offer. I usually get great ideas from my fellow hounders.

    2. chowser Nov 17, 2007 10:40 AM

      I have a recipe for a chocolate mousse cake that I really like, and is simple to make--it has a hazelnut crust. I've been making it for years even back when it was hard to get hazelnut, believe it or not. I fool around w/ it, use almonds and almond extract, add nutella, etc. It's chocolately but not super intensely chocolate, like a flourless cake would be. It's not made w/ layers of mousse. If you're interested, I can post it.

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        kkak97 Nov 17, 2007 11:06 AM

        Yes, that sounds great. Please do post it. Thank you.

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          chowser Nov 18, 2007 05:27 AM

          I had to try the new "Post a Recipe" feature so here it is:

          http://www.chow.com/recipes/11244

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            chocchipcookie Nov 18, 2007 05:34 AM

            How 'd you do that? I'm a little slow on this new thing. It is the same as publish a recipe button at the top here? I'm a visual learner.....

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              chowser Nov 18, 2007 04:26 PM

              Yes, just click on "Add Your Own" and it's pretty self-explanatory. I love this--you can just print the recipe once and reference it.

      2. othervoice Nov 17, 2007 03:10 PM

        I'd make a big pan of brownies, which can also be done ahead and frozen.

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          ziggylu Nov 17, 2007 03:24 PM

          Can you hand him a chocolate bar after dinner? :-)

          How bout some chocolate cookies of some sort that you can make ahead(and even freeze if you make them now)?

          I don't like all chocolate desserts myself but for guests my two go-to's are either chocolate creme brulee or flourless cake.

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            piccola Nov 17, 2007 05:07 PM

            Make cookies. I just made chocolate-ginger cookies - improvised recipe, but pretty darn good. They disappeared in a flash at the office.

            1. Emme Nov 18, 2007 01:11 AM

              my vote goes for chocolate bread pudding.

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                dutchdot Nov 18, 2007 03:38 AM

                Flourless chocolate cake. It takes about ten minutes to make, freezes or keeps beautifully in the fridge and you do not get any more chocolate.

              2. chocchipcookie Nov 18, 2007 03:36 AM

                I would do something easy since you are already making some wonderful desserts. How about a Chocolate Pecan Derby Pie. I will post b/c it is just that easy and oh so good:

                2 eggs slightly beaten
                1 cups sugar
                6 oz pkg semisweet chips melted
                1/2 cup sifted flour
                1 stick butter melted
                1 teaspoon vanilla or spash of Bourbon
                2 cups chopped pecans
                1 deep dish pie shell

                Preheat oven to 350
                Combine egg, sugar and melted chocolate in bowl. Add flour & mix well, stir in remaining ingredients and pour into shell. Bake for 30 minutes.
                Of course I would make a pie that is a variation of a cc cookie!
                A friend of mine rattled this off and I have been making it ever since. It sets up nice in the fridge but then take it out to come to room temp before serving.

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                  lucyis Nov 18, 2007 05:58 AM

                  Fudge made from condensed milk is always a success even though it is so easy it feels like you're cheating. Another easy, and happily chocolate, dessert is chocolate dipped anything. Melt good chocolate in the microwave and add a drop of oil. Dip dried apricots, nuts, marshmallows, pretzels, your finger :). Let dry on a rack and serve along with your wonderful pies. Another thought, since you have such great pies why not make a batch of chocolate whipped cream for him?

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                    Dizzied Nov 18, 2007 07:20 AM

                    Yeah, that was my suggestion too -- choclify (if that's a word) the pecan pie. Mmmmm.

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                      bebevonbernstein Nov 19, 2007 03:19 AM

                      I'm also going to go with chocolate bread pudding -- here's the recipe:

                      http://www.wchstv.com/gmarecipes/choc...

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                    Foodie in Friedberg Nov 19, 2007 05:15 AM

                    I don't know how many people will be at your Thanksgiving dinner, but adding another pie to your list could be overdo (and you might be killing yourself for little return). So I second the brownie idea, and would also suggest making the pecan pie a chocolate pecan pie (I apologize if this makes any Southerners cringe!).

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