St. Patty's Day is just around the corner and given that fact, I felt that a recipe centered around beer and chocolate is a great way to celebrate all things Irish. Well-known chef, Shane Phillip Coffey, for the Alias restaurant in New York City, designed the famous pudding after inspiration struck him at an Irish pub in Manhattan when he saw a sign displaying the Guinness name. Coffey recommends using dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cacao, as using good chocolate for the chocolate beer pudding makes it come out creamier. Also, a few of the commenters on epicurious.com recommend skipping or adding less sugar the whipped cream on top for those who do not like their pudding overly sweet tasting.
We went to the Melting Pot for a birthday dinner this week. Can I please go every week? So. Gosh. Darn. Good. If you have a Melting Pot near you, go there now. Tonight. If you do not have one in your state, you have my condolences.
So, the chocolate fondue is everyone’s favorite, right?! At least, everyone reading this blog! Here are the top choices, in no particular order, of chocolate fondues at this yummy little restaurant.
1. The Flaming Turtle: A hot twist on the classic turtle sundae. This sweet fondue blends both melted chocolate and caramel into a tasty treat. Liquor is added and the whole thing is flambéed tableside and topped with peanuts. Why are more things not flambéed tableside? Seriously, I love this tableside stuff. So much fun!
2. Chocolate S’mores: In this concoction, melted chocolate is blended with marshmallow cream and topped with broken bits of honey graham crackers.
Yes, there *is* such thing as a chocolate glass. We have learned chocolate can be: perfumes, dresses, soap bubbles, mixed with food, and alone. But have you ever tried to make chocolate glasses? It’s one thing to eat chocolate covered berries, or drink chocolate milk but to have the very vessel as edible is on par with gold covered chocolate, or edible items made out of chocolate like the iphone mentioned earlier.
Making a basic vessel (say shot glass sized) isn’t that difficult.
Do you love fudge but don’t know how to make it? Well, you are in luck as I have an awesome and easy fudge recipe for you to try!
3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 can Eagle Brand Condensed milk (you can use the light version if you prefer)
A dash of salt
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped nuts, optional
Melt the chocolate chips and then stir in the Eagle Brand milk, salt, vanilla and nuts. Spread into a 8 x8 pan which has been lined with wax paper. Then place it in the fridge for two hours until it is fully chilled and is firm. Turn onto a cutting board and peel off the waxed paper and cut into squares.
Things You'll Need:
- 2/3 cup of softened butter or margarine
- 1 to ¼ cups of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 to ½ cups of flour (all-purpose)
- ½ cup of Hershey’s Special Dark or regular Hershey's cocoa
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- 12 ice cream sticks (wooden)
- White and pink frosting
- Decorations of your choice (sugar, colored sprinkles)
After all that football cheer Americans put forth this past Sunday, I bet most of you are still tuckered out. All that beer, all that cheer, and all that food. But I bet you guys aren’t completely over your football fever, so here’s a novel idea during the next super bowl (or sooner) – chocolate foot balls.