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Dark Chocolate Sorbet

Dark Chocolate Sorbet is made with cocoa powder and just enough rum to highlight the chocolate. Without heavy cream, milk or eggs, you can truly appreciate the intense chocolate flavor. How is Chocolate Sorbet different than Chocolate ice cream? Ice cream has a base of….wait for it…cream. Delicious, fatty, luscious cream. The fat in the …

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Homemade Nutella – Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Homemade Nutella is way better than store bought. Made with ingredients you can pronounce, this vegan Nutella recipe is dairy and gluten free. Honestly, I don’t really love Nutella. I know that puts me squarely in the minority, but I find the commercial stuff kind of greasy and not chocolatey enough. I guess once you’ve …

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Layered Hazelnut Truffles with Cinnamon (video)

Layered Hazelnut Truffles look fancy, but are really quite easy to make. Dark chocolate hazelnut ganache and milk chocolate cinnamon ganache come together for a sophisticated and luxurious treat. You may have seen layered truffles like these in a high end chocolate shop and never imagined that you could make these at home. Well, you …

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Sacher Torte – A Classic Cake

The classic Sacher Torte is made with chocolate cake layers, apricot preserves and a shiny chocolate-glaze finish. It’s a lovely cake fit for any occasion. For my first job fresh out of pastry school, I worked for a well known Austrian pastry chef at his wholesale bakery. The guy was old-school with very strict standards …

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Buche de Noel – Yule Log Cake

Buche de Noel, or Yule Log Cake, is a classic Christmas dessert for a reason.  I know you’ll love this chocolatey, rich, (gluten-free!) yet surprisingly light cake. I make one of these beauties almost every year. A big, beautiful Buche de Noel decorated with meringue mushrooms and marzipan holly is the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table. First …

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Chocolate Cherry Almond Brioche Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting

Layers of silky brioche dough are filled with cocoa, cherries and almonds, then topped with cream cheese frosting. Chocolate Cherry Almond Brioche Buns are indulgent, but they’re totally worth the work and calories I knew I wanted to do a sweet bread based on a brioche dough, but had a bit of a time finding …

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Tempura Strawberries with Chocolate Orange Dipping Sugar

Tempura Strawberries with Chocolate Orange Dipping Sugar is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. These fried strawberries might not look so pretty, but they sure taste good. I so excited to share my new favorite strawberry recipe, Tempura Strawberries, with you. Admittedly, fried Strawberries are not nearly as pretty as vine-ripened strawberries in all their natural …

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Warm Chocolate Almond Cake Paired with Cabernet Ice Wine

Warm Chocolate Almond Cake is the perfect pairing for Cabernet Ice Wine. Continuing my “After Dinner” wine-pairing series…The third and final course in my dessert and wine menu was the most fun for me to create. The wine for this course was the Legends Estates Cabernet Ice Wine from the Niagara Peninsula in Canada. As with the …

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