Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TWD: Creamy Dark Chocolate Sorbet

This past week was HOT. There was very little baking going on in my house. Though, I was totally willing to get behind some sorbet.

I think, that if you are using the strict definition, this isn't sorbet. A sorbet doesn't generally contain dairy. Whatever you call it, however, it is lovely. This was a snap to put together. It requires four ingredients - water, dark chocolate, sugar, and milk of some form (cream all the way down to skim works.) You boil it for five minutes, stick it in the fridge for a while, and then churn it in the freezer.

The taste of this one is fabulous. I did, however, have some texture issues. I think I didn't cool my base down enough before I churned it. It was very soft before it went into the freezer, and it ended up being a little icy. I would make this again in a heartbeat. I can see adding some fruity extracts to this one or varying the intensity of the chocolate.

A "scoop" each for The Boy and The Girl. It was too soft to really scoop well.

Thanks to Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon for choosing this recipe.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Not a TWD

Too. Hot. To. Bake.

Next week is sorbet! I'm in!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WWD? Cream Scones

I'm a day late and a dollar short. But I have some really good scones. I kept meaning to make these, and time got away from me. This afternoon, I finally pulled it together.

These were simple to put together. I used half and half because I didn't have heavy cream. There is a tiny amount of sugar in the scones, so instead of currants, I used milk chocolate chips as my mix in. I also sprinkled the tops with some coarse sugar.

Mmmm. Hot out of the oven!
This recipe got a big thumbs up from everyone. I'm still not great at mixing and leaving a little flour behind. I have to blend it all, and I'm sure that the texture suffered some. Having said that, these are great. I would absolutely make them again.

Just look at that golden brown deliciousness with the shiny coarse sugar. And don't forget the chips!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

TWD: Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Slightly behind on my posting tonight. I only find that funny because I made the muffins last week. I'm good about baking. I'm happy to take pictures. I'm just really lousy and getting the photos from the camera to the computer. But, they're here now!

Tah dah! Muffins!

These were simple to put together. They are VERY chocolatey. The flavor comes from melted chocolate as well as chunks. I used a chocolate that we had in the cabinet that had diced candied ginger in it. It was definitely a good choice.

Had I waited to make these after a few other bakers chimed in, I might have added more chips. Most folks thought it was better with more chips. I probably could go either way.

These really are a rich, gorgeous brown. Chocolate for breakfast! It's a win.

Go see The Way the Cookie Crumbles for the recipe. Or seriously, go buy the book already!

**baby steps on improving my photos. Playing with natural light and using closer shots. Baby steps.