I’m sure a lot of you are just as crazy about chocolate as I am! I especially like dark chocolate. And I love all kinds of chocolate treats. So when I heard about the new book Crazy About Chocolate by Krystina Castella, I was definitely interested in reviewing it! Not only did I get a review copy, Sterling Publishing is also providing a giveaway copy for one of you! See details on how to win at the end of this post.
This softcover book has more than 200 sweet and savory chocolate recipes, with lots of full-color photos. You’ll find recipes for cupcakes and many other desserts, candies, and holiday sweets, along with some unique savory items (like Hamburger Sliders with Chocolate Rolls!). It’s a great cookbook for any chocolate-lover, and would make a great holiday gift!
The first chapter of the book, Chocolate in the Know, has some helpful tips and information on cookware, measuring tools, important accessories, and other things that are essential for a well-equipped chocolate-lovers’ kitchen! This chapter also gives good how-to’s on techniques for melting, tempering, sweetening, storing, and decorating with chocolate. Other chapters include Everyday Chocolate, Chocolate for Special Occasions, Party Chocolate, Holiday Chocolate, and Crusts, Sauces, and Toppings.
Here’s a sampling of the variety of recipes you’ll find throughout these chapters…
- Chocolate Blueberry Toffee Muffins
- Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Topping
- Chocolate Rice Cereal Pops
- Chocolate Croissants
- Chocolate Raspberry Turnovers
- Brownie Waffle Sundae
- Chocolate Pear Raisin Bread Pudding
- Mocha Cappuccino Mousse
- Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Dark Chocolate Soft Pretzels
- Raised Chocolate Donuts
- Almond Chocolate Chip Scones
- Chocolate Chip Corn Muffins
- Special occasion cakes
I decided to try the recipe for Triple Chocolate Biscotti, because I love dunking biscotti in coffee and hot cocoa in the chilly weather months. And biscotti makes a great homemade food gift. Besides that, I hadn’t ever made my own biscotti, and I decided it was definitely time!
This biscotti is very yummy and chocolatey–it has a chocolate dough with chocolate chips and, after baking, is topped with a drizzle of even more chocolate. I knew I would love it! It has a rich chocolate taste and is the perfect treat when you’re taking a little coffee break.
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BISCOTTI from Crazy About Chocolate
Makes about 24 cookies
These low-fat chocolate biscotti contain no butter and are drizzled with chocolate.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (I used a little more–about 9 ounces)
Preheat oven to 300˚F. Butter two cookie sheets.
Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate chips. Add the flour mixture and mix until blended (the dough is very thick; I finished working in all the ingredients with my hands).
Divide the dough in half and shape into two logs that are 3/4 inch thick, 1 1/2 inches wide, and 6 inches long (mine were more like 3″ wide–but I recommend making your logs longer instead of wider if you have extra dough, because they’ll be easier to slice and you’ll get more cookies!). Place on the cookie sheets at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 50 minutes, remove from oven, and let cool for 5 minutes (this biscotti gets pretty crispy, and was a little hard to slice because of that, so you may want to try just baking for 40 to 45 minutes). Using a serrated knife, slice into 1/2-inch-thick cookies. Lay the cookies flat on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Flip cookies over and then bake for 10 more minutes. Transfer to a rack to cook completely.
Melt the milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water. Dip the bottom of each cookie into the chocolate. Set on a rack with the chocolate side facing up to dry. Once all the cookies are dry, place them with their tops facing up and drizzle melted chocolate on top.
Let the chocolate set before serving, then grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your biscotti!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
Now for the Giveaway…if you’d like to enter to win a copy of Crazy About Chocolate, leave a comment on this blog post between now and Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10 p.m. (CST)–the random drawing will be made from the comments on this post only! The winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on Tuesday, December 3. Winner will be notified via email (if winner does not respond in 3 days, I’ll do another drawing). Giveaway is limited to readers in the Continental U.S. and Canada.
First entry: Leave a comment on this post–it would be great to hear what your favorite chocolate treat is!
Bonus entry: If you are a new or existing follower or subscriber, you can leave one extra comment telling me the way (or ways) you are following.
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