Friday, March 23, 2007

Chocolate Orange Liqueur Souffle with Chocolate Sauce from Paula Deen and the Food Network

We love Chocolate and Orange combined at Chicks Love Chocolate! Try this recipe from one of our favorite celebrity chefs-Paula Deen!

Chocolate Orange Liqueur Souffle with Chocolate Sauce Recipe

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, divided

1/2 cup sugar

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)

2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, melted

3 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate, melted

1/4 teaspoon salt

5 egg yolks, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

7 egg whites

Chocolate Sauce, recipe follows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the bottom and sides of a 2 1/2 quart souffle dish with 2 tablespoons butter, sprinkle bottom and sides evenly with 1/2 cup sugar. Tap out excess sugar; reserve sugar for later use.
In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to bubble. Add milk, orange liqueur, melted chocolates, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in beaten egg yolks and vanilla.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add reserved sugar, beating until stiff. Fold whites into chocolate mixture. Gently spoon mixture into prepared souffle dish. Place souffle dish in a baking pan. Fill pan with 1-inch warm water. Bake for 55 minutes. Serve immediately with Chocolate Sauce.

Chocolate Sauce: 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 1 (1-ounce) square bittersweet chocolate 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. Add cocoa, sugar, cream, and salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and orange liqueur.

Yum! Enjoy!


Chocolate Decor on HGTV!

The title is “Chocolate Girl’s Bedroom”

HGTV says: “Host Joan Steffend and designer Kim Wahl redesign a bedroom for a mother and daughter with conflicting tastes. Redesigner Tracy Oldefendt creates space and comfort in a crowded San Francisco game room. In Trash to Treasure, Sasha Andreev shows some interesting ways to decorate with old headboards.”
Take a look all you chocolate-lovers at this show and see if there is any interesting uses of chocolate as a design in your home!

Airs on:March 27, 2007 9:00 PM ET/PT
March 28, 2007 1:00 AM ET/PT
March 31, 2007 2:00 PM ET/PT

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Easter Idea with Chocolate of course! Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bird Nests

Chocolate - Peanut Butter Bird Nests
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 bag (12 oz.) milk chocolate chips
1 bag (6 or 7 oz.) thin pretzel sticks - broken into short pieces
Preparation - Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in the pretzel sticks. Drop the mixture by heaping tablespoons full onto a waxed paper covered cookie sheet. Use the bottom of a tablespoon to make an indentation in the center of each one. Chill until set. After the nests are set, store in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator until ready to fill. Fill with tiny jelly eggs or other small candies.

Thanks for the ideas from bellaonline. Check out their Easter recipes!