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A chocolate lover born and bred, Lora Brody knows better than anyone that when the urge to splurge strikes, there
is no substitute for rich, silky, sumptuous chocolate in one of its many delectable guises. Chocolate reigns supreme on a short list of national treasures, ranking right up there with Ted Williams and Mickey Mouse. Add a dose of American ingenuity and you've got the perfect recipe for indulgence.

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A chocolate lover born and bred, Lora Brody knows better than anyone that when the urge to splurge strikes, there
is no substitute for rich, silky, sumptuous chocolate in one of its many delectable guises. Chocolate reigns supreme on a short list of national treasures, ranking right up there with Ted Williams and Mickey Mouse. Add a dose of American ingenuity and you've got the perfect recipe for indulgence.

In this lovingly compiled collection of sweet treats both plain and fancy, Lora Brody builds an irresistible case or eating chocolate morning, noon, and night. In chapters entitled The Candy Store, Comfort Me with Chocolate, Chocolate for Breakfast, Isn't It Romantic?, and more, she presents the stuff of which a chocolate lover's dreams are made. Start the day with Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Chocolate Butter or Chocolate Monkey Bread, perk up a lunch box with homemade Whoopie Pies or Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Brownies, or take a trip down memory lane with Tunnel of Fudge Cake and real Boston Cream Pie. Set a festive mood with White Chocolate Heath Bar Cheesecake or Chocolate Raspberry Torte. There's even a section of fun-to-make chocolate favorites that are perfect for kids. Whether the occasion is a formal celebration requiring a showstopper, a casual meal with family, or simply an after-school snack, there is a chocolate indulgence to make the moment that much sweeter. Lora Brody's always letter-perfect recipes guarantee this is a collection chocolate lovers will return to time and again.

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Publishers Weekly
Early on in her celebratory recipe collection, Brody (Growing Up on a Chocolate Diet) addresses the difficulty of cooking with chocolate and explains the tools and procedures necessary for success when attempting her recipes. No chocolate snob, the author favors quality ingredients but minimal fuss for her desserts. Her credo is "Lemme at it" instead of "It's much too pretty to cut." Brody's first chapter lays out the differences among unsweetened, bittersweet and semi-sweet; simplifies a method of chocolate preparation called tempering; and distinguishes between "natural" cocoa powder and "Dutch process" cocoa. Brody's attention to detail makes a few of her recipes longer than usual. Later chapters deal with candy making, holiday baked goods and introducing kids to cooking with chocolate projects. Brody believes Americans "boldly weave what we learn from the world's greatest cooks with our own dining experiences to produce singular expressions of our chocolate love," and supports her point in nearly 120 recipes. There are clever cake and pie makeovers, in which she "Americanizes" international favorites like biscotti, chow mein noodles and Linzer Torte with chocolate. Brody's democratic approach embraces the plain (e.g., Coke Cake and Chocolate-Covered Cape Cod Potato Chips), the luxe (e.g., White Chocolate-Coconut Milk Cr me Br l e) and the downright odd (e.g., Chocolate Chile Cake). Her can-do writing style invites novices to give all these desserts a go and should appeal to home chefs with a sweet tooth and average culinary skills. Agent, Susan Ginsburg. (On sale Apr. 13) Forecast: National publicity and author interviews out of Boston and New York might hook readers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet was one of Brody's first cookbooks, and 30 years later, chocolate is still one of her favorite indulgences. She even likes chocolate for breakfast-Chocolate Caramel Sticky Buns, perhaps, or Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chocolate Butter. There are recipes for special occasions, such as Best Birthday Cake, and for chocolate comfort food, like Chocolate Cream Pie, along with candies and other confections, drinks, ice cream specialties, and more. Brody's all-American chocolate book is a good companion to Alice Medrich's recent Bittersweet, a "chocolate memoir" with more classic European-style desserts and sweets. For all baking collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400045976
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/13/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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Mint Chocolate Brownies
Makes 16 brownies

I grew up on Junior Mints, and I never lost my love of the flavor combination of chocolate and peppermint. My idea of a good time (still) is sitting in a movie theater clutching a bag of popcorn in one hand and a box of Junior Mints in the other.

These brownies are the fudgiest I've ever eaten. They are lit from within by a sparkle of mint from both the extract and a surprise ingredient. I tried making them with Junior Mints but the results weren't all I'd hoped for. After Eight mints offer the perfect solution, but if you're like me you should buy extra--I ate one for every three I laid in the pan. If you can't find After Eight mints you can use York Peppermint Patties; they are thicker but do a fine job.

If you really want to go the distance in the taste department, then use the brownie as a base for a Mint Brownie Sundae (recipe follows).

Unsalted butter for preparing the pan
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (3.75 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) sugar
3 extra-large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
20 to 25 After eight mints or 8 York Peppermint Patties, unwrapped

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. with the rack in the center position. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing it to overlap 2 opposite sides by 2 inches. Butter the foil.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a metal bowl placed over, but not touching, a pan of simmering water, or in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven. Stir until the mixture is melted and smooth. Remove the bowl fromover the water and let the mixture cool slightly.

Sift the flour and salt into a small bowl. Set aside. Place the sugar and eggs in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the sugar and eggs until light yellow and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the vanilla and peppermint extracts. Add the melted chocolate mixture and mix well. Add the flour mixture and mix just until blended. Scrape half the batter into the prepared pan. Layer the mints evenly over the top surface of the batter. Scrape the remaining batter over the mint layer, being careful not to dislodge the mints. Use an offset spatula or a butter knife to gently smooth the batter; make sure all the mints are covered.

Bake the brownies for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is shiny and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. The batter may puff irregularly, which is fine. It is better to underbake than to overbake these brownies. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the brownies cool completely in the pan.

Use the foil to lift the entire cake of brownies from the pan to a work surface. Peel away the foil and cut the brownies into 16 equal squares. Wrap the brownies individually in plastic wrap and store them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    Splendidly Delicious

    I rented this book from the library because I like chococlate, and i like cook books that are pretty to look at. The more picture the better for me! I was not disappointed. Every recipe I tried turned out wonderful and tasted heavenly. The Chocolate Birthday Rolls were among the best. I recomend this book to anyone who loves chocolate and you don't have to be extremely talented in the area of baking the recipes are easy to follow.

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