Monday, 14 September 2009

Review – Absolutely Chocolate © The Editors Of Fine Cooking

Title - Absolutely Chocolate

Publisher – Taunton Press

Main Character – Chocolate

Format: Print and EBook

 

If chocolate is something you're passionate about, here's a tantalizing new book of recipes that's absolutely irresistible.

Absolutely Chocolate features 125 delicious creations -- candy, cookies, truffles, brownies, muffins, tarts, layer cakes, even hot cocoa -- all served up by the editors of Fine Cooking magazine.

In today's sophisticated chocolate culture, there's much more to making luscious recipes than choosing between semi-sweet and milk chocolate.

And when you're ready to whip up some dark, decadent desserts,Absolutely Chocolate offers all the sweet details you need to make each one a success.

You'll learn about every type of chocolate, its geographic origins, and the unique qualities that make it perfect for each use.

Every recipe features valuable tips on selecting and buying just the right chocolates, step-by-step instructions, and expert advice from America's most respected chocoholics.

Here's just a taste of what you'll find.

  • Triple-tested recipes that work for all skill levels
  • Insights and advice from America's foremost culinary experts
  • Friendly, hands-on instructions
  • Colorful photos as luscious as the recipes

The next time you're overtaken with desire for the sweet flavor of chocolate, you'll be glad to have this delicious collection of recipes close at hand.

Absolutely Chocolate © Taunton Press

 

This weekend I did something I loved – cooking, and with the added incentive of making all things chocolate, I was in creamy delicious heaven.

I had the opportunity to review ABSOLUTELY CHOCOLATE and there is no two way about it – there are some wonderful, simply and mouth-watering recipe’s in this book.

A decent size book at a little over 300 pages, there are not only recipes in this baby but tips, food care, equipment use and the best methodology for getting the best out of plain old delicious yummy chocolate.

I would recommend going through the book first before actually attempting any of the recipe, for a few reasons – The first bit of the book deals with type, taste and best quality of chocolate to do use for different recipes. There are also hints and tips that are so well presented that it reminded me of days with my Gran asking why and because and enjoying all the things Gran came up with.

So after spending a few days reading through, the boys and I planned and made a weekend of it in the kitchen – See our efforts below…

This is the table of Content..

 

For the love of chocolate
Cookies
Brownies & bars
Cakes
Pies & tarts
Puddings, mousses & soufflés
Fun & fancy desserts
Ice creams & frozen desserts
Breads
Candies & confections
Sauces & drinks

 

Brownies

The boys and I had a go at some brownies. I learned some new tips to look out for when finishing up brownies and the boys were on their way to a sugar high…..

While waiting on the brownies to finish they not only had the contents of the mixing bowl, but they ate half of the stock for the next days cooking project…

 

Hazel Nut Toffee Bars

This is meant to be Hazel Nut Toffee bar, the boy ate half the Hazel nut so I ended up doing a light blend on the amount I had left and it might not look like the photo in the book – but we certainly enjoyed them….

I also should mention these recipes are very kids friendly – no dramatic ingredient and nothing that you have to wait on the postman to carry in from China or Malaysia, very basic everyday stuff.

 

Brown Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Chips

We saw this recipe and I only tried it because I have the mould and The kids have been using it for Jello’ every since I bought it…..it turned out this was the best one of the four recipes that we did… yummy…

With the banana taste and the chips of chocolate – it was perfection..

When I make it again, I'll probably use a little less chocolate chip and it goes beautifully with a cup of tea…. or milk as my boys let me know…(over my shoulder)

 

 

Chocolate Layered Mousse Cake

For our last project we decided on a layered cake to go with Sunday dinner…. let’s just say this is the last day I let them help me bake….

The recipe was followed and it turned out well, however I had all this chocolate shaving to add to the top and a decorated dish to help in the presentation of our masterpiece…. by the time I was ready to photo the thing – my two plus the homework gang were having a feast ….

So all in all this one turned out very very well.

 

I absolutely enjoyed using this book. It was well presented in a format that was easy to follow, enough photos to encourage me to try my hand at some of the goodies and by how my boys got involved A+ for user friendliness.

Whether you are or not a chocolate lover try ABSOLUTELY CHOCOLATE, it’s a wonderful production of chocolate recipes…

 

12 Speak To Me:

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] on 13 September 2009 at 23:48 said...

*wipes drool off keyboard* Ok, I need this cookbook - yesterday! Chocolate is a family favorite here at my house. I will definitely check into this cookbook. Is there any left of the Chocolate Layered Mousse Cake? Yum!

Blanche on 14 September 2009 at 01:33 said...

Oh WOW!!! I need this cookbook too!!! :)

TheChicGeek on 14 September 2009 at 05:55 said...

Yummmmmmmmm, EH! What a fun weekend :D Now that you have sufficiently tortured me with your delicious pictures, I'm going to run, run, run to buy this book!

That was delicious :D
xox
Kelly

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 07:25 said...

@Donna..
The mousse was the first to go - despite it being the last one we did...

I hope you get this book, fun recipes..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 07:26 said...

@Blanche ...

Get it girl, get it - you wont regret it..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 07:27 said...

@Kell's..

It was a fun weekend,that for sure and I delight in torture of anything chocolate....

Hope you get the book.

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 14 September 2009 at 07:28 said...

This book is too dangerous for me, it's my weakness. But it looks so yummy

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 08:01 said...

@Blodeuedd..

you have said it so well - Dangerous is this book, I will be spending a few more hours walking and jogging this off in the next week...

But..

It was so worth it... (grinning like crazy)
E.H>

Jenna Byrnes on 14 September 2009 at 12:44 said...

Oh, yum. These pictures are driving me crazy. Sounds like a fun weekend cooking!

Thanks for sharing- I need more irresistible excuses to indulge!

Jenna

Erotic Horizon on 14 September 2009 at 14:48 said...

@Jenna...

It was a fun weekend - and I barely got a chance to take the photos before my little beasties had their way with our effort...

Always glad to give you a reason to buy more chocolate...

E.H>

Obsidian Bookshelf on 14 September 2009 at 15:04 said...

This sounds like an outstanding cookbook -- 300 pages and all on chocolate, including breads which I'd never thought could be done with chocolate! I've SO got to learn how to cook! Thanks, E.H., for a great informative review.

Erotic Horizon on 15 September 2009 at 04:08 said...

@Val..

This is certainly 300 pages of Chocolately goodness...

I really had a good time with these recipe...

I am leaving the bread recipe for my Mom she is the bread maker in our family...


E.H>