Life is all about balance—the good and the bad; the yin and the yang, it's hard to appreciate or understand one without the other. As in life taste, especially when it comes to a well-rounded dish, is about balancing flavors, textures and even color to create something of curiosity for all five sense. Enter in bittersweet chocolate, a confection and tool for the construction of some of the finest plated dishes tongues have ever tasted. Today we honor this perfectly balanced blend of chocolate liqueur and cocoa butter for rounding out our baked goods and adding an extra bit of panache to our ganache.
Every day life can be hard, between paying bills and trying to keep one's sanity, so why not balance it out with something easy for a change. Cindy Blankenship's Easy Chocolate Tart, only looks like it came from behind the glass of a fancy bakeshop display, but in reality it's as easy as pie...er...a tart! Just follow Cindy's simple step-by-step recipe for making this double chocolate and you'll be in bittersweet heaven in no time!
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There is not doubt that cheesecake is one of the most decadent dessert you can serve. Rich, thick, and creamy, cheesecake is can easily be overdone when too much sweetness is introduced. The bittersweet chocolate in these Chocolate Cheesecake Lollipops adds just the right amount of bitterness to truly bring out the sweetness of the cream cheese. A perfect treat for those who just can't say no to a slice of heavenly cheesecake, and those who are afraid to say yes, these bite-sized morsels just beg to be gobbled up.
Fresh fruit kabobs are a healthy and fun finger food to put out at parties or dress up a boring lunch. These S'more Kabobs are equal parts healthy and indulgent, just they way we like 'em, pairing sweet, ripe bananas and strawberries with chocolate-covered marshmallows, for a light and scrumptious snack few can resist.
Not everyday can be a big blow-out, but some times it's the small, silent celebrations that are the best. These Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Biscotti are an excellent way to dress up your morning coffee, for a desktop party of one. Jeanne Benedict shows us how to add a little bit of chocolatey flare to this classic Italian biscuit, for light snack that can be enjoyed alone or in the the company of good friends.