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5 Classic Chocolate Dessert Recipes You Can Make from Pantry Staples




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5 Classic Chocolate Dessert Recipes You Can Make from Pantry Staples, plus tips on how to choose the right chocolate for each one.  These are the best of the best, get ready to drool!


 

Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart ~

This dessert is pure luxury to me. Creamy, dark chocolate ganache is poured into a midnight-dark cookie crust and topped with gorgeous big flakes of sea salt like stars in the night sky. A little bit of butter added to this ganache gives it next-level silkiness!

Chocolate choice~ because chocolate makes up the bulk of this recipe, this is the time to use a high quality dark chocolate that you love.  I often use Ghirardelli or Lindt because that’s what my grocery store stocks.  Look for at least 70%  cocoa on the label.

 


 

Milk Chocolate Mousse ~

If you’re not the biggest fan of the bitterness of dark chocolate, or if you’re like me and you can just appreciate the delicious sweet creaminess of good milk chocolate, this mousse is for you.

Chocolate choice ~ the good old fashioned Hershey’s Milk Chocolate is a great match for this recipe.  It’s easy to find, and has that classic flavor you crave.

 


 

Mexican Chocolate Cake with Strawberries ~

I love flourless chocolate cakes, especially for entertaining, They are easy to put together but always feel special and impressive. Simply top with berries or any kind of seasonal fruit (or plain old whipped cream) and you’ve got something really beautiful and effortless at the same time.

Chocolate choice ~ either bittersweet or semisweet chocolate works beautifully in this cake.  I love to use a different type of chocolate every time I make one of these flourless cakes because it comes out different every time.  If you want to go all out, order some authentic Taza Mexican stone ground chocolate for this cake.

Mexican Chocolate Cake topped with berries

 


 

Ina Garten’s Chocolate Cake ~

For when you really need to pull out all the stops, the Barefoot Contessa’s moist, richly flavored cake delivers. It’s the dictionary definition of a delicious chocolate dessert, and you probably have everything you need to make it right now!

Chocolate choice ~ this cake is made with cocoa powder, and as long as you use unsweetened, with no additives, you can use any unsweetened cocoa powder you like with this recipe.  Remember that cocoa powder is ground and dried from the cocoa beans themselves, after most of the cocoa butter has been removed, so it’s quite an intense form of chocolate.  You get what you pay for, and cheaper brands are made from cheaper beans.  Feel free to experiment.

Taking a slice of Ina Garten's Chocolate Cake

 


 

Hot Chili Pepper Truffles ~

Simple and elegant, these chocolate truffles are spiked with a little bit of hot chili, but feel free to use the base recipe as a canvas for all your favorite flavor pairings. If you aren’t into spicy, this truffle recipe is easy to spike with any liqueur you like, my favorite is Amaretto or Grand Marnier.

Chocolate choice ~ when a recipe is basically composed of chocolate and cream, like these truffles, your chocolate choice will have a big impact on the flavor.  The darker your chocolate, the more oomph these truffles will have, so look for 80% cocoa content.

 


 

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    Jane
    February 13, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    I just had a quick peek at your blog after your Savory Shortbread popped up on my Pinterest page. Your philosophy on food and cooking is so much like mine. I really delved into creating my own recipes and altering ones I came across after my last child went off to college. It was Game On time! Thankfully my husband loves food period!

    I’m behind on blogging but I usually post a recipe or two.

    I’m off to look at those chocolate recipes!

    Jane x

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      Sue
      February 13, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Welcome in Jane :)

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    Cindy
    February 13, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    So funny! This is the second time today that I heard reference to Ina Garten Chocolate Cake recipe!
    I love my Alaska from Scratch cookbook. Maya Wilson the author recommended it, as well!
    It’s one I must try!!

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      Sue
      February 13, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      You won’t be disappointed Cindy!