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mummummum December 27th, 2006 12:51 AM

For you Pre-12 step Program Chocoholics
[B][U][CENTER]Chili Chocolate Truffles[/CENTER][/U][/B]

The chili really brings out the chocolate flavour! I use ancho chili's (a Mexican chili pepper) as they have a chocolate flavour but if you can't find them substitute cayenne. This makes about 18-20 smaller truffles.

10 ounces bttersweet chocolate
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon (or more...:D ) ground ancho chili

Garnish: shaved white chocolate, shaved dark choclate, good quality cocoa

Put softened butter and chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring cream to a boil and immediately pour over chocolate & butter, stirring with spatula to blend and ensure all is melted and smooth. Stir in honey and chili. Cool, then refridgerate until set (about 4 hours)

Have ready a tray or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or use a non-stick surface) and your small plates of shaved white choc, shaved dark choc and coca.

Using a melon baller or mini-icecream scoop, scoop out balls of the refridgerated mixture (if your scooped balls aren't forming well, use your hands to roll them into balls) and roll them in either the dark or the white (or both) or the cocoa (roll lightly in the cocoa though as it really gloms to the mixture then powders off onto everyones clothes!). Refridgerate until needed. They also freeze very well.

Prin December 27th, 2006 12:53 AM

oo lala!!! Those look crazy!

mummummum December 27th, 2006 01:06 AM

[B][U][CENTER]Muskoka Bars[/CENTER][/U][/B]

More :evil: than Nanaimo Bars and easy to make. Yields about 32 1x2 inch squares.

2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup good quality cocoa
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
Middle layer:
1/4 cup butter
8 ounces white chocolate chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
Top Layer:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate melted

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8" baking pan with parchment paper. Place cookie crums in a bowl. In a heavy pot over low heat mix 1/2 cup butter, cocoa and egg until well blended. Pour over cookie crumbs and mix thoroughly. Spoon mixture into tin and bake for 10 minutes. Cool.

Place 1/2 cup butter and white chocolate in a small pot and stir over low heat until choclate is melted. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and lemon rind. Gently spread over shortbread base with a palette knife or small flexible spatula. Cool. Drizzle melted bittersweet choclate over white chocolate in an attractive pattern. Refridgerate until cold and cut into 1x2 inch squares.

Prin December 27th, 2006 01:10 AM

oo lala!! That one is awesome too! :cloud9:

I posted my nanaimos here:

mummummum December 27th, 2006 01:49 AM

[B][CENTER][U]Chocolate Macadamia Nut Chews[/U][/CENTER][/B]

1 pound bittersweet or milk chocolate chopped
1 cup whole macadamia nuts
1 cup coarsely chopped good quality caramels

Place chocolate over low heat in a heavy pot stirring occasionally until chocolate melts. Remove from heat. Stir in nuts and caramel pieces. Using a spoon drop mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet into whatever shape and size your little heart desires. Makes about 20 medium-sized chews.

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