Sexy, rich, and good in bed?chocolate is the ultimate indulgence. And Luscious Chocolate Desserts is the ultimate chocolate cookbook. Lori Longbotham, author of the best-selling Luscious Lemon Desserts, delivers more than 70 of the best recipes for tantalizing cakes, sumptuous tarts and pies, velvety puddings and souffl?s, plus melt-in-your-mouth cookies, ice cream, and candy?all with enough chocolate to satisfy even the deepest craving. Recipes run from simple-to-prepare chocolate pound cake and chocolate mousse...
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Sexy, rich, and good in bed—chocolate is the ultimate indulgence. And Luscious Chocolate Desserts is the ultimate chocolate cookbook. Lori Longbotham, author of the best-selling Luscious Lemon Desserts, delivers more than 70 of the best recipes for tantalizing cakes, sumptuous tarts and pies, velvety puddings and soufflés, plus melt-in-your-mouth cookies, ice cream, and candy—all with enough chocolate to satisfy even the deepest craving. Recipes run from simple-to-prepare chocolate pound cake and chocolate mousse pie to more elaborate desserts such as chocolate profiteroles with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce and the decadent mocha tiramisu. For those who don't know their cocoa from their cacao, this compendium for chocoholics educates readers from bean to bar, including how to choose from the many forms of chocolate available in today's markets, plus the basics of storing, chopping, melting, and—the best part—tasting them. Luscious Chocolate Desserts is pure chocolate satisfaction for proud chocolate lovers everywhere.
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There's no shortage of chocolate cookbooks out there, but this volume stands out for its user-friendly nature and the sheer deliciousness of its recipes. Longbotham (Luscious Lemon Desserts), a former food editor at Gourmet, clearly knows her material: she provides a concise history of chocolate, a description of the journey from cacao pod to hot cocoa, and a brief glossary explaining the myriad different forms chocolate can take. She even includes a short discussion on the health benefits of chocolate consumption, which should come as a relief to anyone tempted by fat and calorie-laden recipes like Killer Chocolate Cheesecake or Luscious Chocolate Custard Ice Cream. Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes have become a restaurant cliche, but made at home, they regain both their originality and their integrity. And Luscious Chocolate Layer Cake, a birthday classic, is rich, gooey and satisfyingly all-American. Some of the best recipes are the ones that mix fruit with chocolate; Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread on Toast with Nectarines is like Nutella to the nth power, the nectarines a perfect foil for the chocolate spread, and Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries and Pistachios are wonderfully crunchy and chewy at the same time. The dried cherries provide a terrific sweet-tart kick. The diversity of the recipes, along with the photographs of all these heartbreakingly gorgeous desserts, make this the perfect cookbook for any chocolate fanatic those who love to eat chocolate and those who just love to read about it. -Publishers Weekly

Whoever said single-subject cookbooks were tiresome? I think it was me, but that was before Lori Longbotham's homage to chocolatey treats crossed my path.

I practically fell face first, mouth wide open into the gorgeous color photographs by William Meppem. His glossy pics of chocolate souffle cake, chocolate panna cotta and chocolate ice cream sundaes with nib nougatine made me want to try every one of Longbotham's 65-plus recipes.

The recipes themselves are just as inviting. All are plotted out in a straightforward manner and rely on easy-to-find ingredients. Nothing daunts, not even the restauranty Ultimate Chocolate Marquise.

Longbotham also provides a short discourse on the history of chocolate, a glossary, a section on chocolate's connection to good health and a primer on tasting chocolate. -San Diego Union Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452123974
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Lori Longbotham is a former food editor for Gourmet and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Times Magazine. She makes her home in New York City.

William Meppem is originally from Sydney, Australia and is now a New York based photographer. His work appears in Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, and Vogue Entertaining, and in A Beautiful Bowl of Soup (0-8118-3528-6) and Modern Greek (0-8118-3480-8).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
A Short History of Chocolate 10
From Cacao to Chocolate 12
The Forms of Chocolate 16
Chocolate and Health 20
How to Taste Chocolate 21
Chocolate Basics 22
Baking Basics 24
Simple Chocolate Garnishes 28
1 Cakes 31
Luscious Chocolate Layer Cake 32
Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes 35
Divine Devil's Food Cake 37
Magnificent Mousse Cake for a Party 38
Mocha Brownie Pudding Cake 39
Classic Chocolate Pound Cake 40
The Original Chocolate Decadence 42
Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cake 45
Chanterelle's Chocolate Souffle Cake 46
2 Pies + tarts + a cheesecake 49
Perfectly Simple Dark Chocolate Tart 51
Deep Dark Chocolate Cream Pie 52
Chocolate Pecan Turtle Tart 54
Mom's Chocolate Angel Pie--and Then Some 57
Brownie Pie 60
Killer Chocolate Cheesecake 63
Quickest, Easiest Chocolate Mousse Pie 65
3 Chocolate special favorites 67
Luscious Chocolate Fondue 68
Hot Chocolate Sauce with Croutons 69
Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread on Toast with Nectarines 71
Chocolate Profiteroles with Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce 72
Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake 74
Grilled Chocolate-Stuffed Bananas 75
4 Puddings + custards + a souffle 77
Chocolate, Dried Cherry, and Pistachio Bread and Butter Pudding 78
My Favorite Chocolate Pudding 80
Luscious Mocha Tiramisu 81
Very Chocolatey Pots de Creme 83
Chocolate Jelly 84
Creamiest Chocolate Mousse 85
Chocolate Panna Cotta 87
Ultimate Chocolate Marquise 88
Bittersweet Hot Chocolate Souffle 90
Black Velvet Chocolate Mousse 93
5 Cookies 94
Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cookies 97
Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries and Pistachios 98
French Chocolate Macaroons 100
Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies 103
Chocolatiest Crinkles 105
Buttery Chocolate Wafers 106
Mocha Shortbread 107
Katharine Hepburn's Brownies 108
Nib Nougatine Brownies 110
Ganache-Filled Brown Sugar Bars 111
Turtle Bar Cookies 112
6 Frozen chocolate desserts 115
Nib Nougatine Chocolate Ice Cream Sundaes 116
Luscious Chocolate Custard Ice Cream 118
Chocolate Creme Fraiche Ice Cream 119
Bittersweet Chocolate Gelato 121
Brownie Hot Fudge Ice Cream Sundaes 122
Chocolate Sorbet 123
7 Confections + a drink 125
Luscious Hazelnut Truffles 126
Irresistible Chocolate-Pecan Caramels 128
Nib Nougatine 129
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries 130
Nib Truffles Squared 131
Bicerin 133
8 Sauces 135
Simple Hot Fudge Sauce 136
Creamy Chocolate Sauce 136
Chocolate Creme Fraiche Sauce 137
Deep Dark Chocolate or Mocha Sauce 137
Chocolate Cherry Sauce 138
Blackberry, Strawberry, or Raspberry Sauce 138
Chocolate Caramel Sauce 139
Cherry Sauce 140
Chocolate Syrup 140
Chocolate Whipped Cream 141
Chocolate-Balsamic Drizzle 141
Index 142
Table of Equivalents 144
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