Chocolate cake. This takes many forms. The layered and moist ones, the thick and rich ones, dense with chocolatey goodness, the molten lava ones, oozing with melted chocolate. They’re all cake and all chocolate to me. If I could, I would have each and every one of them. Chocolate cake is almost a genre instead of a specific kind really.
The origins of this particular dessert vary for both the word and the confection. Some sources say that the word is rooted in the ancient greek “Plakous” a flat oat or corn cake sweetened with honey. Others say that it has a viking origin. The word “Kaka” describing a baked flour confection sweetened with sugar and honey. Though this is the origin of cake alone. Chocolate didn’t come into play until much later.
Chocolate goes back to around 1764 when Dr. James Baker made chocolate by grinding cacao beans. In 1828 Conrad Van Houten developed a method of extraction that would remove the fat from the cacao resulting in cacao butter, and the compacted solids that are used in making rock and powdered cacao. This made chocolate accessible to everyone as an inexpensive treat that could be had daily. Chocolate was not just for the rich any more.
It was not until 1879 when conching was invented. This process created a more silky texture for chocolate allowing it to be added readily and combine smoothly into batters. Up until the 1900′s most chocolate was used as a drink, or for drinking. Now it could be blended into cooking and baking.
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Roasted On A Plank
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Such Spicy Garlic
The Super Garlicky Thai Chicken was tangy and spicy with all the garlic you could ever want to consume. I served it with leftover potatoes and loads of green veggies, but over rice would be superb.View Details
With Candied Bacon
Basically I saw this and said the words Stout & Chocolate Cheesecake With Candied Bacon to my husband, the Baron of Baking. Stunned, he stopped everything and slowly turned to me. “Yes” was all he said.View Details
With Roasted Potatoes
Glazed carrots and roasted potatoes were both always on the menu when it came to any major family holiday meal. These dishes were prepared in the same way every time and passed down from mother to daughter for at least four generations. Today I am going to share with you a new take on the classic Roasted Carrots, and tell you the secret (as per my mother’s mother) to the perfect Roasted Potato.View Details
On A Beer Can
Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken the most moist chicken you’ve ever had with a hint of citrusy-goodness, nice and herb-y finish.View Details
With Caramelized Shallots
Leftover Chicken Potstickers are a great way to use the leftover chicken from the Lemon Thyme Roasted Chicken you made.View Details
on the Grill
“Third times the charm”. And charmed it was. They were a big hit! Delicious and fudgey, they turned out pretty fantastic. Here’s how I made Cake Pops on the grill.View Details
Sweet Snack Food
Smoked Date Squares are a hefty, coffee cake-like delicacy with a satisfying finish. Add a little smoke and you have a grilled delight that is sure to please.View Details