Quick Dark Chocolate Dessert Idea
One of my child's teachers has been teasing/hinting very strongly about wanting the kids' dark chocolate from their trick-or-treat bags. We know he's just pulling the kids' legs, but I thought it would be nice if I could knock out some type of dark chocolate treat for him.
If I had time I wouldn't mind tempering chocolate and doing a nice candy but right now my primary requirements include not being too time-intensive and not requiring me to buy many expensive ingredients. I have a well-stock pantry, especially when it comes to baking ingredients, so tossing something exotic my way isn't a problem. Also, my definition of not-too-complicated is very broad.
I was thinking of something that might go Mexican-style, maybe include chili or smoked paprika, something along those lines. Dark chocolate is key, though. I don't especially care if it's Halloween-themed, either. And, of course, it needs to be transportable to school.
Can anyone throw some fast ideas at me?
No, I most certainly do not want to use trick or treat candy. What I have in the house is bulk Callebaut in varying degrees of bitterness. That was what I expected to use. I just want to make something nice and tasty in a relatively short amount of time. I certainly wouldn't be talking about tempering if I meant to use candy bars,
You can make ganache truffles w/ smoked paprika and roll in cocoa powder. Don't dip in chocolate so you don't have to temper.
These Chow brownies are good, intense dark chocolate--instead of a tsp of espresso, I use a tsp of espresso powder.
To make it more chocolatey, you could cover w/ good ganache.
I've used chili in chocolate but not specifically smoked paprika. I can't imagine it being substantially different from chipotle or other peppers that it wouldn't work. I had a chili dark chocolate ice cream that was so good. Sweet, spicy and cold with a dark richness from the chocolate.
I've made very dense brownies before, cooked them in a bigger pan that called for so they are thin, and then topped w/ a thin later of ganache. Cut into very small peices. It looks so much more elegant that a hulking brownie, almost like a candy (especially if you top each peice w/ a garnache...choc covered espresso bean, citrus curl, etc.) Super easy and fast though.
Good idea with the chocolate covered espresso beans. I'll try that next time. I've done bite sized pieces--and the best hint about cutting them from Dan and Steve (remember the old Food Network Star winners?) was to freeze them and then cut to bite sized pieces. Easy. Although, I've done them in mini-muffin tins and it's pretty w/ nice holders.
Peanut butter cups.
You can spike with peanut butter with some chili or paprika if you'd like.
Champurrado Chocolate Brownie
Start with this recipe for Champurrado:
1/4 cup Masa Harina para Tamales (masa flour)
1-1/2 cup Water
1-1/2 cup Cream or HalfnHalf
3 oz Unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup Brown sugar
Cinnamon and powdered Chiles to taste
When it gets all nice and dissolved, just keep adding more and more masa and stirring until you get a VERY stiff dough. Taste as you go and add a little brown sugar or additional spice if necessary. When the dough is really stiff, turn it out into a pan or mold, smooth it out and refrigerate to let it set up. Plate with a dollop of real whipped cream.
A lot of great ideas. I ended up making this recipe from Epi
as cupcakes, using the reader suggestions concerning the cayenne, cinnamon, and vanilla. I also used the pecans to sprinkle on top of the glaze rather than mix into the glaze. I got a yield of 17 (?). They look and taste great. Could have used a touch more cayenne or maybe a little bit of ancho powder.
However... the piggy flu hit our house this weekend and I have no idea if said teacher will be able to get his treats before they go stale. Oh well. More goodies for us. That is, if anyone feels like eating any time soon.