Chocolate Aphrodisiac Cooking- three courses of pure pleasure

October 24, 2011

Friend who absolutely love chocolate must be invited.
You will be able to tell by the sound in their voice after describing what the dinner is all about. Usually it’s an emphatic Yes!
The Leek and Potato soup is finished with scalded heavy cream in which white chocolate has been added. Keep this surprise to yourself until people begin to ask “where is the chocolate promised?” in every course. It’s best to keep the chocolate not dessert oriented.

Chocolate Devotee Dinner

    First Course

White Chocolate Vichysoisse Dusted with Ground Cacao Nibs


Temple Bell Curried Chicken with Chilies, Coconut and Chocolate Vinegar
Roasted Zucchini and Carrots


Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse
Dark Pearl Shortbread Hearts

Leek & Potato Soup with White Chocolate
Velvety and lightly influenced by white chocolates’ agreeable charming goodness
All-purpose flour- 2 Tab
Fresh Thyme- 1 Teas
Heavy Cream- ½ Cup
Leeks diced- wash well- 2 Cup
Potatoes- 2 Cups
Salt and Pepper- to taste
Unsalted Butter – 2 Tab
Vegetable Stock- 1 Quart
White Chocolate- 2 oz
Cacao Nibs- 2 Tablespoons ground in spice mill

• Sauté the leeks in the butter over medium heat until tender &fragrant for 3 minutes
• Add flour cook it out over low heat for 1 minute
• Add the stock and bring to a simmer
• Add the potatoes
• Establish a simmer
• Cook until they have completely softened 20 minutes
• Puree the soup
• Warm heavy cream add the chopped chocolate to dissolve
• Finish by adding cream and chocolate to the soup
• Adjust the consistency with stock or water if too thick
• Serve warm spinkle with cacao nib dust- go light on this

Temple Bell Curried Chicken With a Chocolate Vinegar Glaze
A mysterious ascension of coconut, chocolate and aromatic curry
Ancho Chili Powder- 2 Teaspoon
Chicken – 3 ½ pound cut up
Coconut Milk- 12 ounces
Curry Powder- 1 Tab
Flour to coat- 2 Tab
Salt- 1 Teas
Salt and Pepper
Sugar- 1 Tab

• Preheat the oven to 400 º… total cooking time 60 minutes
• Wash and pat dry the chicken
• Dust with the flour, sugar, salt and pepper
• Bake in the oven about 40 minutes until starting to brown
• Combine in a saucepan the Coconut milk, Chili and Curry powders,
Sugar and Salt
• Bring to a simmer and pour this mixture over the chicken
• Allow the chicken to continue baking, covered with foil or a lid
for another 20 minutes until tender.
• Now prepare the…

Grated Chocolate- 4 Tab
Lt Brown Sugar- ½ Cup packed
Red Wine Vinegar- 2 oz
Heat the Vinegar and Sugar together, add the grated chocolate to dissolve, bring to a boil for 1 minute and allow it to slightly thicken

• Finish with a drizzle of the glaze before serving

Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse
Semi Sweet Chocolate- 8 oz
Eggs- 2
Heavy Cream 1 pint
Sugar- 5 oz measured
Coffee- 1 Tablespoon

Chop the chocolate and melt half way over a double boiler
Turn off the heat and remove to continue melting the chocolate
It should be no warmer than body temperature before folding into the eggs
Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form and chill
Whip the eggs and sugar until stiff peaks form
Fold half of this mixture into the melted chocolate
Fold in the second half of the egg sugar mixture
Fold in half of the heavy cream
Fold in the second half of the heavy cream

If a stiffer texture is desired whisk the mousse more

Dark Pearl Chocolate Shortbread Hearts
The dark pearl refers to adding minced candied ginger and sesame seeds to the cookie dough
Shortbread doesn’t have any eggs in it and is baked at a lower temperature. Bake at 300 for 12-15 minutes

Unsalted Butter- 1 ½ lbs
Sugar- 10 oz
Bread Flour- 2 ½ lbs
Cocoa Powder- 4 oz
Candied Ginger 1 tab
Sesame Seeds 1 tab
Crispy Rice Cereal ½ cup

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