Death by Chocolate Cakes: An Astonishing Array of Chocolate Enchantments [NOOK Book]

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In this scrumptious collection, revered chef Marcel Desaulniers serves up some of his most sinful, most seductive chocolate creations ever. An astonishing array of chocolate lovers from the "guru of ganache".

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Overview

In this scrumptious collection, revered chef Marcel Desaulniers serves up some of his most sinful, most seductive chocolate creations ever. An astonishing array of chocolate lovers from the "guru of ganache".

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Bookseller ReviewsNo other serial killer deserves such praise. Transplanted-Virginian Marcel Desaulniers slayed us with his Death By Chocolate, tempting at least 160,000 of us to become caloric co-conspirators. Now the master of the dark side brings us even more sinful creations. Now we can gape into the Heart of Darkness cake, a Conradian cupcake with a melted chocolate truffle center; or savor self-indulgence with the Chocolate Almond Cake with Red Raspberry Mousse. Personally, we're saving Mimi Montano's Chocolate Zucchini Cake for dessert.
Nick Malgieri
The guru of ganache has done it again! Death by Chocolate Cakes is an exciting collection of beautiful—and delicious—desserts that any host or hostess would be proud to serve.
Gale Gand
Marcel's delicious chocolate cakes are page after page irresistible. No one in the world of baking understands like he does what makes a chocolate cake great. This is a must-have chocolate lover's confession.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The chef of the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Va., Desaulniers (Death by Chocolate) offers 50 extravagant, elaborate, indulgent chocolate cakes. These are not treats for the kitchen shy, requiring as they do many phases and, within each phase, many steps. But the outcome is so luscious and Desaulniers is so charming and persuasive, it's hard to believe it's not time well invested. Sprinkled liberally throughout are anecdotes about the author's mother, his childhood and various recipe contributors, who include friends and family members, fellow pastry chefs and their relations. There are cakes served at the Trellis as well as recipes handed down from generation to generation and those discovered "on the road." Recipes for adorable baby cakes, whose size belie the intensity of their flavor, include Heart of Darkness Cakes, in which bakers are instructed to "remove the muffin tin from the oven and, moving quickly, place a single frozen truffle in the center of each portion of cake batter." Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cakes meet the demand for a tasty confection that can withstand the indignity of being plopped in a lunch box. There are also big event cakes--among them, Julia's [Child] Eighty-fifth Birthday Cake--as well as cakes from out of town, such as The King's Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bourbon Cake, based on Elvis's favorite sandwich. The book concludes with an assortment of accompaniments, such as instructions for chocolate honey and a recipe for a wicked cocktail called Chocolate Temptress (think vodka and Frangelico). Many of these confections go over the top, but chocoholics will eagerly follow Desaulniers wherever he leads. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Like most of his earlier titles (Desserts To Die For, Death by Chocolate Cookies, etc.), Desaulniers's eighth cookbook features indulgent showstoppers, from Happy All the Time Cakes to Excessively Expressive Espresso Ecstasy, each one shown in a full-page color photograph. Although many of the recipes are complicated, instructions are detailed and clear; there are no headnotes per se to introduce these creations, but "The Chef's Touch" section at the end of each recipe provides tips and some background. Desaulniers's extravagant sweets have many fans; recommended for most collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062120588
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,121,580
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Meet the Author

Marcel Desaulniers is the executive chef and co-owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia. A 1965 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Marcel has received several national awards, including Food and Wine's Honor Roll of American Chefs, the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America, the prestigious Ivy Award from Restaurants and Institutions, the 1993 James Beard Award for Best American Chef Mid-Atlantic States, the highly coveted Silver Palate award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, and the 1999 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in America. Marcel is the author of Death by Chocolate, Desserts to Die For, An Alphabet of Sweets, and Death by Chocolate Cookies.
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Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

Makes 12 Cakes

Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts

Ingredients

8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Make the Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts
Place 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate in a small bowl. Heat 3/4 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Pour the boiling cream over the chopped chocolate. Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir with a whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture (called "ganache") onto a nonstick baking sheet and use a rubber spatula to spread the ganache in a smooth, even layer to within about 1 inch of the inside edges. Place the ganache in the freezer for 15 minutes, or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, until very firm to the touch.

Line a 10- to 12-inch dinner plate with parchment paper or wax paper. Remove the firm ganache from the freezer or the refrigerator. Portion 12 heaping tablespoons (a bit more than 1 ounce each) of ganache onto the paper. Wearing a pair of disposable vinyl (or latex) gloves, individually roll each portion of ganache in your palms in a circular motion, using just enough gentle pressure to form a smooth orb. This is a traditional truffle. You should refrain from indulging in them now, since absence of a truffle in a cake will make the heart grow darker. Return each formed truffle onto the paper-lined plate, and place in the freezer while preparing the cake batter.

Chocolate Cocoa Cakes

Ingredients

5 ounces unsalted butter cut into 1/2-ounce
     pieces, plus 2teaspoons (melted)
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the Chocolate Cocoa Cakes
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly coat the inside of each individual nonstick muffin cup (3 inches in diammeter cups) with some of the 2 teaspoons melted butter. Set aside until needed.

In a sifter, combine 2/3 cup flour and 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Sift onto a large piece of parchment paper (or wax paper), and set aside until needed.

Melt 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate and 5 ounces of butter in the top half of a double boiler, or in a microwave oven (see page 000 for more details), and stir until smooth.

Place 3 eggs, 2 egg yolks, and 1/2 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes until the mixture is slightly frothy. Add the melted chocolate and butter and mix on low speed to combine, about 15 seconds. Continue to operate the mixer on low while gradually adding the sifted dry ingredients. Once they have been incorporated, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix on medium to combine, about 15 seconds. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to finish mixing the batter until thoroughly combined.

Portion 3 heaping tablespoons (about 2 1/2 ounces) of the cake batter into each muffin cup. Place the muffin tin on the center rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove the truffles from the freezer. Remove the muffin tin from the oven, and, moving quickly, place a single frozen truffle in the center of each portion of cake batter, pressing the truffle about halfway down into the batter. Immediately return the muffin tin to the center rack of the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into a cake (not the truffle) comes out dean, 17 to 18 minutes.

Remove the cakes from the oven and cool at room temperature for 20 minutes. To remove the cakes from the muffin cups, hold the top edge of a cake, and give the cake a slight jiggle to loosen it from inside the cup. Then insert the pointed tip of a knife into a an outside edge of the top of the cake and loosen it so that you can gently pull the baked cake out of the cup. Serve immediately while still warm.


The Chef's Touch

You are undoubtedly aware that chocolate has not only pleased palates, but also increased libido since the Aztec emperor Montezuma quaffed a cold, spiced cocoa drink before engaging in corporeal activities of a passionate nature. In Montezuma's day, only the elite had the privilege of chocolate, and indeed, drinking it from a golden goblet was de rigueur. The masses remained uninformed about chocolate's virtues until the seventeenth century, when English Quakers popularized sweetened hot chocolate as an alternative to demon gin. Ever since that time, chocolate lovers have had a warm spot in their hearts for hot chocolate (even though gin has remained one of the more popular sins).

Which brings me to Chocolate Heart of Darkness. This warm, molten chocolate cake is so sensual it could be the eighth deadly sin. How appropriate that it was created by my sister, Denise Yocum, a psychologist in Massachusetts. Whose lust was she analyzing when she developed this recipe?

If the racks in your oven slide out easily and are stable, instead of removing the muffin tin from the oven, slide the center rack out and quickly insert the truffles. Then return the rack to its place and finish the baking.

After the Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes have cooled to room temperature, you may keep them covered with plastic wrap for up to 24 hours at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Being a purist who is stuck in his ways, here is a revelation I hate to admit: The cakes may be rewarmed in a microwave oven, and they are extraordinary. Make sure the cakes are at room temperature, then heat them one or two at a time for 30 to 40 seconds in a microwave oven set on defrost power. The cake will be warm and moist, and the truffle center will be a hot ooze of ecstasy.


Mocha Mud Cake with Espresso

Serves 12

Mocha Mud Cake

Ingredients

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-ounce
     pieces; plus 1 teaspoon (melted)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups brewed full-strength coffee, hot
5 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dark rum
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the Mocha Mud Cake
Preheat the oven to 275°F. Assemble a 9 x 2 3/4-inch nonstick springform pan with the bottom insert turned over (the lip of the insert facing down). Lightly coat the insides of the springform pan with some of the 1 teaspoon of melted butter. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper (or wax paper), then lightly coat the paper with more melted butter. Set aside.

In a sifter combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sift onto a large piece of parchment paper (or wax paper). Set aside until needed.

Place 1 3/4 cups hot coffee, 1/2 pound butter, 5 ounces chopped unsweetened chocolate, and 1/4 cup rum in the top half of a double boiler over medium-low heat. Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until the butter and chocolate are completely melted and combined with the coffee and rum, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.

The chocolate and butter may also be melted with the coffee and rum in a medium glass bowl in a microwave oven set at medium power for 2 minutes. After removing the mixture from the microwave oven, use a rubber spatula to stir until smooth and combined.

Transfer the melted butter and chocolate mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Add 2 cups sugar and mix on low speed for 1 minute. Operate the mixer on low while gradually adding the sifted dry ingredients. Once they have been incorporated, about 1 minute, add 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to finish mixing the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Place the pan on a baking sheet with sides on the center rack in the preheated oven.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 2 hours. Remove the cake from the oven and cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Release the cake from the springform pan and invert it onto a cake circle (or plate). Remove the bottom insert, then carefully peel the parchment paper away from the cake bottom. Turn the cake over, onto a cake circle (or plate) and set aside at room temperature while preparing the Mud Slide.

Chocolate Chunk Mud Slide

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

Instructions

Prepare the Espresso Chocolate Chunk Mud Slide
Place 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, 6 tablespoons sugar, and 2 tablespoons espresso powder in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a balloon whip. Whisk on high for 1 minute until soft peaks form. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold in 4 ounces semisweet chocolate.

To Serve

Heat the blade of a serrated slicer under hot running water and wipe the blade dry before cutting each slice. Spoon 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons of the Mud Slide over each piece of the cake and serve.


The Chef's Touch

Whether the origins of this American dessert are north or south of the Mason-Dixon Line, its popularity has certainly spread. My daughter Danielle returned from an Australian vacation a few years ago with a photo of a cafe in Perth; its blackboard, out front, boasted Death by Chocolate, featuring Mississippi Mud Pie. The global village, indeed.

Turning over the bottom insert of the springform pan (the lip of the bottom insert facing down) before assembling the pan will make it easier to separate the insert from the baked cake.

The seemingly insignificant amount of ruin in the cake infuses it with a bold flavor. If you prefer, you can eliminate the rum and increase the amount of brewed full-strength coffee to 2 cups, rather than 1 3/4cups.

Due to its dense texture, the cake stays warm for at least an hour after being removed from the oven. And "warm" is the way to eat this dessert, with just-whipped Espresso Chocolate Chunk Mud Slide cascading down the sides. Let's see our Aussie friends abscond with this one.

As suggested, the cake is extraordinary served warm, but it can also be deliciously enjoyed at room temperature. Once cooled, the cake may be kept, covered with plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 24 hours. You may also refrigerate the cake for 3 to 4 days. To avoid permeating the cake with refrigerator odors, place the cake in a large, tightly sealed plastic container. If refrigerated, keep the slices at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. A tall café latte would be the perfect beverage to accompany this Mississippi madness.

Death By Chocolate Cakes. Copyright © by Marcel Desaulniers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    Beautifully Done!

    What a refreshing change from the plethora of poorly-executed Nook books. Well formatted, carefully edited, and although the aspect ratios on the pictures are skewed, at least we have the pics of Marcel's beautiful cakes! Chocoholics have loved Death by Chocolate since its debut in 2003, and Desaulniers' newest Chocobible lives up to his sterling reputation. I can't wait to slip one of these into my oven...

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    Not so great

    It was not at all done well all there was was pictures where in the world did this author come from what he world made the author think it was good who even published it

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