Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Soft Chocolate Cake paired with Madisono's Gelato

Photo from Jean Georges: Cooking at Home with a Four Star Chef

Looking for some simple but delicious desserts to serve your special dinner guests? Warm, soft, chocolate cake is a delicious, now classic, dessert created by Jean Georges Vongerichten and printed in his cookbook Jean Georges: Cooking at Home with a Four Star Chef. Pair it with some Madisono's Peppermint Stick or Salted Caramel gelato and you've hit the sweet spot for dessert.

You can prepare these and refrigerate several hours before and cook at the last minute since they have a short baking time.

1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter, plus some for buttering molds
4 ounces bitter or semi-sweet chocolate
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 Cup sugar
2 tsp flour plus more for dusting

In a double boiler over simmering water, melt butter an chocolate together. While that's heating, beat together eggs, yolks and sugar with the whisk attachment for the mixeruntil light in color and thick. Slowly stir in warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Quickly beat in flour until just combined. Butter and lightly flour four 4 oz molds, custard cups or ramekins. Tap out excess flour, then butter and flour them again. Divide the batter among the molds. Desserts can be covered and refrigerated at this point for several hours. Bring them back to room temperature before baking. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Bake molds on a tray for 6 to seven minutes. Center will be soft but sides should show clean when a toothpick or knife inserted comes out clean. Place a dessert plate on toop of the mold and turn both plate and mold over to invert. Let mold set for 10 seconds and lift off plate. Cake will slump on the plate. Place a scoop of gelato on the side and serve immediately.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A little bit about Lemon Basil Sorbet

Fresh basil leaves, lemon rind and icy tart flavors are what make this sorbet flavor taste frigging good. But what makes it even better, is that it is so beloved by those who have certian dietary restrictions. It's vegan. And it is gluten free. And nut free. And egg free. And alcohol free. Free to share with all your friends this holiday. Give simply. Share abundantly.