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Your favorite intense overwhelming chocolate treat

We're in process of being snowed in so I'm ready to bake. I'd like to do something "different", though I know that's hard to define. I'm fine making brownies but I'd want some kind of twist (eg. dollop of chocolate ganache on top before baking) but no real limitations except no nuts. I have a couple of huge Trader Joe's bittersweet chocolate big blocks, cream, cocoa and the basic baking supplies, various flours. What is your favorite treat? I could go w/ regular truffles but want something baked preferably. Thanks!

Right now I'm leaning towards chocolate souffle.

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  1. I love a chocolate pate, mint especially. Essentially just ganache chilled into a loaf then cut into slices. or a chocolate tart, same thing with a crust. MMMMMMM

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    1. re: cleopatra999

      I've never had this before. Something like this?

      http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ch...

      It's like a chocolate mousse w/ cream instead of egg whites to lighten it, or a chocolate pots de creme?

    2. "to die for" AKA "triple chocolate mess

      it's a crock pot dessert that gillions of folks were making years ago online in a food web site that has long since been defunct.
      anyway, not many said it turned out according to directions.
      I had to try it to see for myself.
      misread the ingredients after 7/8 of them were in the mixer.
      didn't want to go to the market to buy the necessary other 2 ingreds so winged it anyway with substitutions.
      never had anything quite so incredible in my mouth before or since...............yes, I've made it a few times and it's 'du bom'

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      1. re: iL Divo

        All the recipes I'm seeing for this has cake mix and instant pudding. Is there another? I don't have either. I should clarify when I say I have baking supplies, I mean sugars, vanilla, flours, eggs, etc.

        1. re: chowser

          I've got it written down somewhere Chowser.
          from memory I only can think of sour cream coke chocolate pudding eggs butter dark chocolate coffee...if I can locate where I wrote it down or find family cookbook as it's in there too, I'll post it.

      2. Amaretto Truffle Brownies. Holler if you want a recipe.

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        1. re: pine time

          Thanks, I went the brownies variation route. Those sound great.

        2. I have been OBSESSED with ginger lately, so if I were in your shoes I'd be making the Ad Hoc brownies with candied ginger mixed in (or perhaps I'd make my own ginger marmalade and incorporate that somehow?).

          My husband is obsessed with the Pierre Herme Nutella tart - I know you said no nuts, but the dark chocolate layer that goes on top of the Nutella layer is actually my favorite part of the dessert, so you could experiment with that - a tart of JUST that filling (maybe with some raspberries) would be divine. A layer of white chocolate might be good too.

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          1. re: biondanonima

            I love the ad hoc brownies. I wish I had just stuck with that one.

            I said no nuts to simplify but it's more complicated than that and hazelnuts are okay, as are peanuts (I should have said that because I love pb and chocolate). I'll look up that recipe. I made brownies w/ a nutella cream cheese type ganache frosting. My daughter has allergies to certain nuts and I've gotten lazy over the years and just usually say, "no nuts, except peanut butter."

            1. re: chowser

              You know, I love cream cheese and I love chocolate, but I don't really love them together. There's something about the tang of cream cheese that just clashes with chocolate for me. Which brownie recipe did you use? I have to admit, now that I've found the AHAH recipe, I haven't tried any new ones - they're just THAT perfect for my taste!

              1. re: biondanonima

                I love the tang with chocolate. My favorite frosting is sour cream and bittersweet chocolate. I have a friend who has the same feeling about the tang. I like the contrast so it doesn't end up too sweet.

                I winged my brownies recipe sand it doesn't compare to Ad hoc. I wanted to use up some of the chocolate I have.

                1. re: chowser

                  I love the tang with chocolate.
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                  Then one of these days you should really try bittersweet goat cheese brownies. Divine.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I just recently tried a bitter chocolate goat cheese truffle that was really nice. Tangy and creamy.

                    ghg, is there a particular goat cheese brownie recipe you recommend, there are so many on the Net since the Bobby Flay Throwdown.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      No need for an entirely new recipe, just add the goat cheese mixture to your favorite...though I will say that I think the flavor works best with a recipe that uses at least some brown sugar instead of all white.

                      You'll need:
                      6 - 8 oz chevre (depending on how prominent you want the flavor to be), at room temperature
                      1 large egg
                      1 tablespoon honey or powdered sugar
                      1 tablespoon flour

                      Beat the ingredients together until well combined, and set aside. I like to put half the brownie batter in the pan, spoon/spread the goat cheese mixture over it, and top it off with the rest of the batter. Then swirl with a knife as you would cheesecake brownies.

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      I was really wishing I had goat cheese in the house yesterday. I would have tried Top Cehf Brooke's brown butter cake w/ goat cheese-not chocolate but would have hit the spot. Brownies w/ goat cheese sounds great. Next time.

              2. re: biondanonima

                Hmm, you said "baked preferably", otherwise I would have suggested "Kalter Hund".
                (That would be melted Chocolate with Rum or similar added, layered tightly with Social tea cookies. Other stuff can be added/ whatever else you like. I do it in a lined ( for easy removal) Bread pan. When it is hardened you make thin slices. Looks pretty - like a layer cake and it is much liked around here when ever I think of making it )

                1. re: RUK

                  I've never had those before but they sound really good. Kind of like graham crackers covered in chocolate. Is it hard to cut?

                  1. re: chowser

                    No, it is not hard to cut. Just use a good sharp knife and it will go easily through.
                    The nice thing is, you can add whatever you like. I have done it with lots of Rum. :-)

              3. I'd take the brownies and then make them into either a bread pudding or some kind of crazy chocolate trifle...

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                1. re: jbsiegel

                  Good idea. I might turn these into a trifle. They're a little too sweet for me.

                  1. re: chowser

                    I have not made this but it's been on my list.

                    Death By Chocolate Trifle

                    http://www.seededatthetable.com/2011/...

                    1. re: valerie

                      I've had it. People rave about it and I've heard people talk about it days after having it. I don't like it in the "potluck" form but I think it has potential to be fixed up.