Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
Ingredients
Servings: Cookies
Instructions
  1. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or electric mixer beat butter until fluffy.
  3. Add granulated sugar and beat until incorporated. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat on medium until egg is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy.
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and blend together until just incorporated.
  5. Divide dough in two, scooping out onto sheets of plastic wrap. Fold over plastic wrap to seal and press each into a 1" flat disk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Heat heavy cream and pour over 8 ounces of chopped chocolate and 3 tsp corn syrup. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk together until smooth and glossy. Cover with plastic wrap directly on chocolate. Allow to sit and set at room temperature (see note), this will take several hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line baking trays with parchment.
  8. Remove dough from fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Flour your work surface and roll out one disk at a time, dusting your work surface underneath and the top of the dough as you roll. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place 1" apart on baking trays.
  9. Re-roll remaining dough, dusting with flour as needed. Repeat with the second disk of dough.
  10. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes, allowing to cool slightly on trays before removing to a cooling rack.
  11. Once completely cooled, spread or pipe 2-3 tsp of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie, bottom side down.
  12. Melt 2 ounces of chopped chocolate with 1 tsp corn syrup. Pour into a disposable piping bag cut with a very small hole or use a #4 round tip to drizzle chocolate over the cookie tops.
  13. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the fridge for 3-4 or the freezer for up to a month.
Recipe Notes

-Ganache takes several hours to cool to room temperature, make first if planning to bake and assemble cookies the same day.

-Allowing ganache to set at room temperature allows it to be more spreadable and pipeable.  If you do chill it, allow it to come to room temperature and beat with 1-2 tbsp of heavy cream for about 30 seconds to soften it enough to pipe.

-I re-rolled the dough 3 times with no ill effect to the final cookie.

-Cookies are slightly crisp but soften when sandwiched together with the ganache.

-The recipe yield will vary with the thickness of your dough, and cookie cutter used.  I yielded 30 sandwiched cookies using a 2" heart shape cutter.

-The cookie wafers can be made in advance and frozen until ready to assemble.

-If you happen to have any ganache left over, chill, roll into small balls and dust with cocoa for a homemade truffle!

Spiced Rum Caramel


Spiced Rum Caramel
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Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Spiced Rum Caramel
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Assemble all ingredients prior to cooking.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a medium-large saucepan (I used a 3 quart). Heat over medium-high until sugar is dissolved, gently swirling pan once or twice. DO NOT STIR. If any crystals form on the side of the pan, brush away with water and a pastry brush. Allow to cook at a boil until starting to turn an amber colour, about 10 minutes.
  3. Once the outer edge starts to turn colour you can gently swirl the pan a couple of times to evenly distribute, once again, do not stir. When it becomes a deep amber colour, remove from heat and whisk in heavy cream. The mixture will bubble vigorously. Once it has smoothed out, whisk in butter and salt. Stir in rum. Pour into a sealable jar and allow to cool completely prior to storing in the fridge.
Recipe Notes

-If in doubt about the colour, opt for slightly lighter.  Going to dark will result in a slightly bitter/burnt taste.

-Makes about 1 1/4 cups and will keep in a sealed jar for up to a month in the fridge.

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding


Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ and butter a 13"x9"x2" casserole dish. Slice crust from bread and cut into 1" cubes to yield 10 cups loosely packed cubes. In a large bowl, toss bread with olive oil, thyme, garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a single layer on a large baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden, turning once or twice. Remove from oven and return bread cubes to same large bowl.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet until foamy. Add celery, onions, green pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté until softened and most of the moisture has been cooked out, about 15 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, whisk together eggs, cream, spinach, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour egg mixture over toasted bread cubes, add sauteed vegetables, parsley and gouda, stir to combine well. Pour into prepared dish, spreading out evenly. Top with grated parmesan cheese, cover and chill for at least an hour (up to one day ahead) to allow bread to absorb the custard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bake uncovered for about 60 minutes until set and golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 before serving.

Raspberry Swirl Cake


Raspberry Swirl Cake
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Servings Prep Time
12-16 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50-60 minutes 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
12-16 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50-60 minutes 3 hours
Raspberry Swirl Cake
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Servings Prep Time
12-16 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50-60 minutes 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
12-16 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50-60 minutes 3 hours
Ingredients
Raspberry Sauce
Cake
Mascarpone Whipped Cream
Servings: people
Instructions
Raspberry Sauce
  1. Combine raspberries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat on medium until berries have cooked down and mixture is bubbling, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Whisk together water and cornstarch. Add to berries, stirring until combined and mixture returns to a boil. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on solids to extract as much sauce as possible. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Yields approximately 3/4 cup.
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and position rack in centre of oven. Prepare a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" cake pan by spraying with non stick spray and lining bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Beat sugar and oil together using a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment or an electric hand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each. Beat until light, about 1 minute. Add milk, vanilla and flour mixture. Whisk on medium/high until smooth, scraping bowl once, about 1 minute. With mixer running on low, slowly add water. Increase speed and mix until water is incorporated, scraping the bowl once.
  3. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and drizzle with 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Pour on remaining batter and repeat with another 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Using a small knife pushed to the bottom of the pan, make several figure 8's in the batter to swirl the raspberry sauce. Do not swirl or stir in excess as it will muddle the batter. You will have some raspberry sauce remaining on the top of the cake.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack and allow to cool completely prior to removing from pan. When cool, invert cake and remove parchment paper, turn back upright and top with mascarpone whipped cream. Serve with extra raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.
Mascarpone Whipped Cream
  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with a whip or electric hand held mixer, whip cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and vanilla and continue to whip on high until combined and stiff peaks form.
Recipe Notes

Be sure to use a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" pan.

Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato


Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. On a small baking sheet or pie plate, spread hazelnuts in a single layer and toast for 10-13 minutes until starting to turn golden. Allow to cool to room temperature and coarsely chop.
  2. Combine heavy cream and icing sugar and whip until soft peaks form. Keep chilled until ready to use.
  3. Brew 4 shots of espresso or use espresso powder as per product instructions. Combine with Frangelico liqueur.
  4. Place a scoop of ice cream in individual serving dishes or glasses. Pour 1/4 of espresso/liqueur into each dish. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with chopped hazelnuts. Serve immediately.