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Dec 19, 2010 03:49 PM

How to use up excess chocolate? I have a load of good semisweet/bittersweet chocolate.... What would be a good recipe other than chocolate fudge?

I have several pounds in big chunks, and made a batch of fudge last night, but would love to get more creative than fudge & chocolate chunk/chip cookies. Looking forward to the responses!

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  1. send it to me! ;)

    - flourless torte
    - bark
    - truffles
    - ice cream
    - chocolate-dipped pretzels or dried fruit
    - brownies
    - mousse
    - make ganache & freeze it

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Those are lovely ideas! All of them! hmmm.. Torte, mousse, ganache, chocolate dipped fruit .... yummy!

      Any tips for freezing ganache? I've not done it before.

      1. re: dost

        use a clean, freezer-safe plastic container/tub with a tight-fitting lid...and for extra insurance, store it in a heavy-duty freezer bag.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          And it will thaw nicely on the counter or in the refrigerator ? Thanks!

          1. re: dost

            either one...and the other option would be to scoop it into balls first and then freeze, so that you can use as little or as much as you want without having to thaw the entire container.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              very helpful- I wouldn't have thought of scooping it first- great idea!

    2. If you have any occasion to bake a cake for someone (and this recipe makes one pretty large cake!) try Epicurious' Double Chocolate Layer Cake, truly unbelievable and uses something like one pound of chocolate. If you do try it, use three 8" or 9" pans...nobody I know keeps 10" cake pans around.

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      1. re: Val

        Yes! Would love to make this.......Thanks for the hint on the pans. You are correct- no 10" in my cupboard....:)

      2. Chocolate sauce and give it as gifts? Could put me on that gift list.

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        1. re: Bethcooks

          Sounds like a great idea- Any recipes you like? I have the Cook's Illustrated recipe I've not yet tried.....

          1. re: dost

            I like this easy one from Tyler Florence:
            I also like Ina Garten's recipe but can't find it. Maybe they removed it. Will look and see if I have it saved somewhere.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Thank you! I am moving it to personal recipe box.

        2. Search for "Petits Pains au Chocolat" on epicurious. Easy peasy and so so yummy.

          1. I use it in short rib braises or chili as a little funky extra goodness personally. Hadn't seen anyone suggest savory yet, figured I'd put in a vote for a lil bit different.