Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier

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If you've ever had a fantasy of living on a Maine island, this book is for you. It,s just icing on the cake it that is also happens to involve chocolate. Kate Shaffer and her husband moved to remote Isle au Haut nearly seven years ago. Once there, they were inspired to open a chocolate company and cafe featuring delicious chocolate and fresh Maine ingredients. Now their products are shipped all over the world ~ and their island cafe is a true Maine destination. This armchair travel log and cookbook all in one ...

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If you've ever had a fantasy of living on a Maine island, this book is for you. It,s just icing on the cake it that is also happens to involve chocolate. Kate Shaffer and her husband moved to remote Isle au Haut nearly seven years ago. Once there, they were inspired to open a chocolate company and cafe featuring delicious chocolate and fresh Maine ingredients. Now their products are shipped all over the world ~ and their island cafe is a true Maine destination. This armchair travel log and cookbook all in one describes the fantasies ~ and fantastic realities ~ of island life in Maine while featuring more than forty-five of Shaffer,s delicious recipes for her renowned chocolates and chocolate-inspired recipes from her seasonal cafe.

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California native Shaffer and her husband own Black Dinah Chocolatiers on Maine's Isle au Haut. In this anecdote-packed collection of truffles, cakes, cookies, and other treats, she paints a vivid picture of island life. But with only five to six recipes per chapter, this book is more of a niche filler than a stand-alone guide to chocolate. That said, Shaffer's confections can be made with conventional tools, and her unintimidating explanation of tempering and coating techniques is a great start for novices, who might move on to Andrew Garrison Shotts's Making Artisan Chocolates and Alice Medrich's Bittersweet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892729913
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 11/16/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,004,992
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

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    Highly Recommended: Expert, Accessible, Enjoyable

    Finding a cookbook with highly-developed instructions written in plain language can be hard to find. Kate Shaffer has created such a jewel in this cookbook. In addition, the printed addition is gorgeous. The author¿s facile language, interesting story and stunning recipes result in a highly recommended book.

    I enjoyed how things started right up at the beginning of the book. Ms. Shaffer goes to Maine to get a chef job with plenty of ability and experience but lacking formal training. Turns out, her potential employers find this a positive and the journey begins.

    You¿ll travel with Ms. Shaffer and eat well along the way. Even a beginner can succeed with chocolate making thanks to this book¿everything you need is made available including things that are reasonable such as how and why ot choose a particular type of chocolate for your recipes.

    Family and friends tasted a variety of recipes. The Ricotta Doughnut Holes on page 58 truly impressed us. While the dipping sauce is tasty, we could barely let the doughnuts cool enough before eating them straight up plain, hot, and delicious. Please get a copy of the book and try this recipe among many others.

    The most amazing recipe, however, is completely unexpected. Everyone who tasted this one wanted to know how it was made. The surprise is that this recipe is effortlessly gluten free. For anyone who needs or wants to avoid flours with gluten, the challenge is finding satisfying recipes. No one is going to miss any kind of flour is this easy-to-make and eat goodies.

    Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

    One day, in an effort to come up with a recipe for an energy bar that I could actually
    choke down, I accidentally came up with this. Not exactly what I was going for, but each
    day found me more in love with them than the last.
    Despite the absence of flour, the bars have a super-tender, cakey texture that seems to
    be just barely holding on to each melty bit of chocolate.
    And as far as energy? Well, for now, they get me where I want to go.

    Makes 16

    1 cup natural peanut butter
    1/4 cup raw honey
    1 large egg, at room temperature
    1/2 cup sweet potato puree, or 1 banana, mashed
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line an 8"x8" square baking pan with parchment paper.

    Place the peanut butter, honey, egg, sweet potato puree, baking soda, and salt in a food processor and whir together until smooth.

    Remove the blade, stir in the chips, and then scrape the mixture into the prepared pan.

    Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out
    almost clean. Allow the blondies to cool completely before cutting into 16 portions.

    Yes, letting them cool is tough¿they smell fabulous right out of the oven. You need a utensil to eat them warm while cooled your hands are all you need. I made a sling out of aluminum foil when I discovered I was out of parchment paper on baking day. Just line the pan, end to end, and leave long tails to lift out the cooled blondies. Repeat the other direction. Once cooled, the foil easily peels away.

    Enjoy!

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