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12 great chocolate recipes for anyone who just can't get enough of chocolate's sweet, velvety goodness
Mini Chocolate Tiramisu Cakes
"Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Aack!" exclaims Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon during an episode of the television show 30 Rock, as she throws up her hands and sticks out her tongue. And it's true — sometimes you just really need some chocolate. While she may have been making fun of the famous "Cathy" comic strip, whose character is prone to such outbursts, this pretty neatly sums up how a lot of people feel about chocolate — it makes them go bananas (which, incidentally, also go really well with chocolate). And don't get us started on what happens when oh-so-addictive Nutella joins the chocolate party.
Click here to see the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! Slideshow
To help quell those inevitable chocolate cravings when they strike, The Daily Meal's editorial team and members of the Culinary Content Network have created 12 original chocolaty recipes for you to try at home.
From the Culinary Content Network, we have a lot of first-time participants — chocolate, it seems, really does bring people together. Patricia Stagich, author of the blog Comfy Cuisine, concocted an interesting twist on tiramisu with her Mini Chocolate Tiramisu Cakes; Simi Jois satisfies those sweet tooth cravings with a Cake Pop recipe from her blog, Turmeric 'n' Spice; Marnley Rodriguez-Murray, creator of Cooking with Books, has a seasonal recipe for bread pudding incorporating pomegranates; and Erin Wysocarski, author of Olives for Dinner, really shakes things up with a recipe for Peanut Butter and Sambal Wontons with Chocolate Sauce. And, of course, many thanks to all returning participants who so generously submitted their recipes — be sure to check them out in the slideshow.
One last shout out is in order — we would like to congratulate Patricia Stagich, winner of this week's Recipe SWAT Team contest, for her Mini Chocolate Tiramisu Cakes Recipe. Be sure to give her recipe a try.
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5 Easy And Healthy Dark Chocolate Recipes You Must Try
We all know that dark chocolate is healthy. Made with cocoa solids, sugar and cocoa butter, dark chocolate has definitely secured its place in healthy foods list. As per health experts, adding dark chocolate to our diet may benefit our overall health. It is the higher percentage of cocoa in dark chocolate that makes it healthy. Raw cocoa beans contain essential antioxidants and flavanols - both of which keep your mood, weight, diabetes and blood pressure in check.
A chocolate that has more than 50% of cocoa is considered as 'dark' chocolate. There's a saying about dark chocolates -'the more bitter, the better for your health it is.' So, always look for the dark chocolate that has 70% of cocoa in the ingredients. You may buy plain dark chocolate and add your wholesome nutrient sweeteners like maple syrup to it.
Here we have some easy yet healthy dark chocolate recipes that you can make at home to sate your craving for chocolate.
12 Savory Chocolate Recipes
Though chocolate is known as a key sweet ingredient, essential for rich and decadent desserts, you shouldn’t limit it to the end of the meal—when incorporated in small quantities, chocolate lends silkiness and complexity to a myriad of savory preparations. From a creamy white chocolate-spiked baba ghannouj to a beef and bean chili that calls on three different types of chocolate, these 12 revelatory recipes will make you see chocolate in a whole new light.
Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back RibsIt’s a lucky rack of ribs that meets this rub: Warm spices like cinnamon, allspice, and ginger get a depth charge from cocoa powder and bit of heat from fiery mustard powder.
White Chocolate Baba GhannoujThe famously smoky Middle Eastern eggplant puree reaches new heights of smoothness with the inclusion of white chocolate, which compliments the nutty flavor of tahini and the delicate spice of fresh garlic and paprika. Get the recipe for White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj »
Triple Chocolate Beef & Bean ChiliCocoa powder and semisweet chocolate lend darkness and depth to this hearty chili, rounded out with the complex bitterness of chocolate stout beer. Get the recipe for Triple Chocolate Beef & Bean Chili »
Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada SaucePicada is a Catalan-style pesto, made here with almonds, parsley, and chocolate—a surprise ingredient that adds a pleasing touch of bitterness to this delicious side dish. Get the recipe for Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce »
Turkey in Mole PoblanoIn this recipe from Rick Bayless, juicy turkey breast is braised in a sauce of 11 chiles and spices, plus a host of aromatics that lend deep authentic flavor.
Chocolate Barbecue SauceA smooth, spicy-sweet barbecue sauce gets even richer thanks to the inclusion of a small amount of chocolate. We love it basted onto chicken as it grills, or painted atop a classic meatloaf. Get the recipe for Ricotta and Coffee Mousse »
Gascon-Style Beef Stew (Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne)
Asado de Bodas (Pork in Red Chile Sauce)Chunks of pork are stewed together with the bold flavors of Mexican chocolate and piquant chiles in this sumptuous stew.
EnchiladasOur enchiladas aren’t baked they’re simply drenched in a rich sauce made with fruity dried chiles and rich mexican chocolate, rolled, and eaten right away.
Pollo en Mole Poblano (Chicken with Puebla-Style Mole Sauce)Mexico’s most iconic mole, this preparation marries mulato, ancho, and pasilla chiles with warm spices and Mexican chocolate to create a velvety smooth sauce ideal for spooning over chicken.
Chile Ancho Sopa de ChocolateInspired by Mexico’s robust moles, this smooth soup—made with blackened peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and enriched with semisweet chocolate—is served with an array of garnishes.
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Best chocolate recipes
For a recipe where you want the flavour of chocolate to shine through, buy a good quality brand with a high percentage of cocoa, and adjust the recipe to suit it. If your chocolate is very dark, with little added sugar, you may need to make the recipe sweeter to give you the final flavour you want.
Can I use chocolate chips?
Chopped good quality chocolate will make better chocolate chips than many ready-made chips which have added ingredients to stop them melting and sticking together.
Is it better to use cocoa powder or chocolate?
Cocoa plus chocolate gives a better chocolate flavour than one without the other.
Classic chocolate brownies
A classic, gooey chocolate brownie recipe that can be ramped up with added ingredients (we’ve included three suggestions in the recipe). Here are our best ever brownies recipes in one convenient collection.
Chocolate sponge with hot chocolate sauce
Make this comforting storecupboard sponge for an easy chocolate dessert for the whole family.
Classic chocolate cupcakes
Bake a gaggle of these indulgent cupcakes and you'll make friends for life. Top with swirls of homemade chocolate buttercream.
Ultimate chocolate fudge cake
Enjoy a slice of heaven in under an hour! Our decadent chocolate cake is covered in silky smooth frosting and we teach you how to create dark chocolate curls for an artisan finish. Discover more of our best chocolate cake recipes here.
Vegan chocolate layer cake
Looking for an easy chocolate cake that's vegan? Decent espresso powder is the key to this luxurious vegan chocolate sponge, sandwiched together with indulgent (and butter-free) chocolate buttercream.
Baileys dark and white chocolate truffles
Treat someone special with these melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles with a boozy kick.
Great for an afternoon treat, this easy rocky road recipe is an irresistible combination of Crunchie bars, marshmallows, raisins, biscuit chunks and chocolate. It's the perfect indulgent pick-me-up you can make in a flash.
Chocolate and peanut caramel tart
This is a chocolate lovers dream, especially if you love a classic Snickers chocolate bar too. Go nuts over our epic chocolate tart with crumbly peanut pastry. Plenty more chocolate tart recipes here.
Dark chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake
Check out our chocolaty, no-bake cheesecake recipe with a quick passion fruit coulis. This decadent dessert is really impressive and only takes 40 minutes to make.
Portuguese chocolate custard tarts
If you love Portuguese custard tarts, then you'll love this recipe – we've added Nutella for extra indulgence. Make these impressive chocolate custard tarts for an easy weekend treat.
Turkish delight pan brownies
Spoon these melting, turkish-delight-spiked brownies straight from the pan and serve with generous dollops of ice cream.
Luxury hot chocolate with mix ’n’ match toppings
Set up a little table outside with all the toppings, then let people help themselves to create their own take on the ultimate hot chocolate.
Chocolate almond cake with amaretto cream
Looking to take your chocolate cake up a notch? Check out this Italian-inspired almond cake with dark melted chocolate and a hint of coffee. Topped with velvety amaretto cream, this cake is pure indulgence.
Double chocolate chip cookies
Wow your vegan friends with these double chocolate chip cookies, ready in just 30 minutes.
Affogato chocolate mousse
Check out this quick and easy chocolate mousse recipe with espresso. If you're hosting a dinner party and looking for an indulgent yet easy dessert that can easily be made ahead, try these gluten free puds – ready in 15 minutes.
Chocolate and hazelnut profiteroles stack
Looking for an impressive dessert to serve family and friends? Check out this show-stopping chocolate and hazelnut profiterole stack. With creamy Nutella filling and crunchy hazelnut brittle, this stunning recipe is the perfect end to a dinner party. Try more of our exciting choux pastry recipes here.
Chocolate crémeux with crunchy nut praline and boozy caramel sauce
Check out this dense, creamy dark chocolate crémeux with crunchy nut praline and indulgent boozy caramel sauce. This easy recipe is an impressive way to end any dinner party. Check out our other caramel bakes and cakes right here.
Chocolate and peanut butter snack cakes
Impress your friends and family with these fun and quirky chocolate snack cakes with peanut butter. The individual mini cakes may take a bit of time to make, but they're well worth the wait. Plus, keep them in an airtight container and they'll last for up to three days.
Frozen chocolate and Nutella cheesecake
Check out this frozen Nutella cheesecake with classic bourbon biscuits and crunchy roasted hazelnuts. This indulgent dessert is easy to make and perfect for a summertime dinner party with friends.
Chocolate and salted pistachio babka buns
Edd Kimber has crossed the flavours of a babka with the look of Swedish cinnamon buns to create these chocolate and salted pistachio babka buns.
Self-saucing chocolate pudding
Self-saucing chocolate pudding is a classic in Australia. It creates its own sauce below the sponge in the base of the dish. Make it up in advance, then sprinkle sugar and cocoa on top and pour over some boiling water and cook while you eat your starter and main. We have five more magical self-saucing pudding recipes here.
Chocolate and passion fruit layer cake
Check out this stunning chocolate cake with a creamy passion fruit curd. This moist and indulgent creation is a real showstopper and will make for an epic celebration dessert. Just look at that shine.
Pain au choc bread and butter pudding
Chocolate overload! This is a real show-stopping dessert but it's incredibly easy to make. You can make use croissants, but then you’d miss out on that extra chocolate hit. Here are our most indulgent chocolate pudding recipes to try.
Spiced chocolate oatmeal pie
Check out Edd Kimber's seriously impressive spiced chocolate oatmeal pie. This recipe is a great alternative to pecan pie and a real indulgent crowd pleaser.
Mocha chocolate slab
Make this indulgent chocolate slab with white chocolate, dark chocolate and coffee beans to give as a gift or serve as a smart dinner party dessert with coffee.
Black forest cheesecake
This dark, indulgent chocolate cheesecake swirled with raspberries is a great showstopper for any occasion. Making the chocolate collar is really worth the effort for an extra special touch. Satisfy your cheesecake craving here with plenty of cheesecake recipes.
Chocolate and black pepper gelato
Try our recipe for indulgent and creamy homemade chocolate gelato with black pepper. Gelato differs from ice cream in the fat content – ice cream is usually made with cream, while gelato is milk based. Check out more of our best-ever ice cream recipes.
Nutella pancakes with boozy hot chocolate sauce
These light and fluffy Nutella pancakes are simply delicious and come drizzled in a smooth and creamy hot chocolate sauce. Adding booze to the sauce is optional but highly recommended for an extra treat! Includes a nifty how-to video. Click here for our best-ever pancake recipes.
Olive oil chocolate pots with orange and sea salt
Sweet yet bitter dark chocolate works really well with olive oil. Juicy caramelised oranges cut through the richness and a touch of sea salt creates the perfect combination of sweet and salty indulgence.
Sesame-chocolate toast with sea salt
What could be better than warm and freshly toasted bread with a dollop of melting chocolate on top? We've added a sprinkle of sea salt and sesame seeds to boost this sweet combination.
Chocolate, peanut butter and jam terrine
This cake by Hannah Miles is the ultimate in kitsch. Drizzle the ganache on top so that the pretty striped layers of peanut butter and jam show through.
Pistachio and chocolate roulade
A poshed-up roulade, made with double cream, dark chocolate and slithers of pistachio. A beautiful bake, ideal for an impressive dinner party dessert.
Brooklyn blackout cake
This rich and fudgy chocolate blackout cake from Edd Kimber is a twist on an American classic, flavouring the custard filling with creamy white chocolate and aromatic cardamom. Click here to find our show-stopping chocolate cake recipes.
Chocolate rye volcano cookies
This recipe from Edd Kimber makes some seriously good chocolate cookies. We call them volcanoes because as they bake, they erupt and spread into fabulous, fudgy cookies. More cookies recipes here.
Churros with hot chocolate sauce
Everyone loves Spanish churros and they won’t be able to believe these are homemade! The rich, indulgent hot chocolate sauce is also delicious over ice cream.
Chocolate fondant fancies
Not just for children, here’s a deliciously adult version of a tea-time favourite. Rich chocolate cake squares are topped with an indulgent truffle and smothered in double chocolate icing.
Children's chocolate birthday cake
This birthday traybake works brilliantly as a base for any kid's birthday cake. It's actually a 'sheet cake', a standard baking treat in Texas. We've added a chocolate topping here, but you could it personalise it any way you like. Check out more of our exciting traybake recipes.
Chilli and chocolate tart with peanut chipotle brittle
A rich, fruity dark chocolate like those from Papua New Guinea will go very well with the chilli. The chilli flavour in this should be an underlying buzz rather than a real kick of heat, so don’t be tempted to add too much.
Chocolate caramel Lindt ball pudding
Lindt balls buried in the centre of this deeply chocolatey pud give little melted caramel hits, perfect for a festive dessert that's easy but really impressive.
Take your chocolate éclairs to the next level with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Craquelin is similar to a crumble mix, and when baked on top of the choux buns, gives a crackly, crisp top, typical in classic patisserie.
An easy recipe to make this favourite melt-in-the-middle chocolate dessert. Still a winner on dinner-party menus. Serve with a little cream on the side.
Easter trash tiffin
Use left-over chocolate and Easter eggs to create this indulgent fruit and nut chocolate Tiffin. No oven needed.
Churro waffle fingers with dipping sauce
This recipe sees waffles coated in cinnamon butter and served with chocolate sauce for dipping – think eggs and soldiers-style.
Chocolate Chocolate Cake
Okay.. so chocolate isn’t exactly a new flavor, and it’s definitely not a christmas specific flavor.. but I love chocolate and it will probably be a main ingredients in lots of my holiday baking this year, so what better way to kick off the holiday baking season than with a chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate cake!!
That’s 4 times the chocolate.
This chocolate chocolate cake is the perfect cake to pair with a glass of milk. Pairing it with a glass of chocolate milk might be too much. I draw the line there.
I initially wanted to top this chocolate chocolate cake with fancy homemade chocolate curls. Buttttt I can’t make beautiful chocolate curls. I’ve tried. I think I’m having issues getting the temperature of the chocolate to be right. I’ll have to keep practicing, but in the mean time, I found my new favorite decoration – chocolate shards! They are impossible to mess up (woohoo!!) and they add some nice height to any dessert.
Fudgy, gooey brownies
The brownies in the photos and video are what I call “fudgy moist”. As in – super fudgy but not just a gloop of uncooked batter. You can pick it up with your hands rather than eating it with a spoon.
I have more elaborate brownies in my repertoire – such as these Outrageous Nutella Brownies (which certainly live up to their name!) and these Salted Caramel Stuffed Brownies (the caramel filling is creamy and set, like a soft fudge).
But this classic Chocolate Brownies recipe is the one I make most of the time. It’s my go-to because it’s everything I want in a brownie made with minimal fuss. The essential ingredients to make it super chocolatey, lovely and moist, and no unnecessary extras.
The other thing is that my brownie is sweet, but not tooth-achingly sweet. There are some brownie recipes out there that use almost double the sugar I do and they are far too sweet for me. The sugar in this recipe is just the right amount of sweet for me. No one has ever complained about my brownies not being sweet enough, that’s for sure! – Nagi x
Chocolate dessert recipes
Think dessert and the word chocolate irresistibly comes to mind, and our chocolate dessert recipes are an assortment of decadent deliciousness. You can be endlessly innovative with chocolate, as different beans offer different flavour profiles for different dishes. The rich nutty Venezuelan Rio Caribe goes perfectly with stronger flavours like brandy or coffee, for example, while the fruity Peruvian Chulucanas can be showcased in a mousse. Just be aware that you need to handle chocolate delicately to preserve the fine flavour notes.
In this gorgeous collection there is something to meet every chocolate craving. Whether you are after a taste of pure chocolate heaven with Galton Blackiston’s Chocolate pudding complete with oozing liquid centre, or a punch provided by Robert Thompson’s Chocolate and chilli tart (a fiery take on a classic chocolate dessert), there is plenty of room to experiment with different beans. For white chocolate recipes see the stunning White chocolate panna cotta with honeycomb by Alan Murchison.
Salted chocolate and caramel makes for a luxurious dessert combination: try Frances Atkins’ Salted chocolate délice with crème caramel perfect for a dinner party treat or Simon Hulstone’s Chilled chocolate fondant with salted butter caramel sauce complete with a delicate praline garnish.
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- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until almost melted do not overheat. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low beat in melted chocolate. Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.
Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in centers, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
I'd love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a review below. Or snap a photo and share it on Instagram be sure to tag me @onceuponachef.
Calling all chocoholics! These tender chocolate muffins with a double hit of chocolate make a delicious breakfast or after-school snack.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup low fat buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
- 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey's
- 1-1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed (be sure it is fresh with no hard lumps)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425°F . Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
- In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
- In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Rub the mixture through your fingers to break up any lumps of brown sugar.
- To the dry ingredients, add 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips, the buttermilk-egg mixture, and the melted butter. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix until until just combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop or two spoons, fill the muffin cups to the brim with batter. Distribute the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips evenly over the muffin tops, pressing them lightly into the batter. Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350°F and bake for about 12 minutes more, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean (check a few spots as the melted chocolate chips will make the tester look wet). Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan cool on a rack.
- Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.