Chocolate & Maria cookies ice cream cake

bolo chocolate bolacha maria

Here is another recipe from my GrandMother’s cookbook. As I went along I was tasting so to rectify the amounts of sugar as I have noticed the palette from years ago.

INGREDIENTS

8oz of unsweetened chocolate
8 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp of milk
7 fresh organic eggs
3.25 cups heavy cream
1.25 cups granulated sugar (divided in half)
2 envelopes of unflavored gelatine dissolved in 2 tbsp of hot water
1.5 packages of Maria cookies

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt the chocolate with the butter and milk in a double boiler
  2. Beat the egg whites to peak
  3. In a large bowl beat the egg yolks with the remainder sugar
  4. Once the chocolate is melted add the melted gelatine then it slowly the the egg yolks and keep on mixing
  5. Add the egg whites to the chocolate and  fold continuously
  6. Beat the heavy cream with the rest of the sugar so to create whipped cream
  7. In a round baking form add the crumbled cookies then the whipped cream then the chocolate and so on until no more
  8. Place it in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to serving
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Brigadeiros – Brazilian Chocolate Truffles

Brazilian Chocolate TruffleThis recipe is LOVED by all. I must say though my dancer’s teacher may be the biggest fan. They have a similar consistency to fudge as they are pretty strong in cocoa taste yet melt in your mouth.

They are very easy to make yet time consuming, so go ahead and double the recipe as they will disappear so fast!

INGREDIENTS

1 can of sweet condensed milk
6 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp of unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a pot melt the butter on low heat.
  2. Add the can of sweet condensed milk and stir.
  3. Add the cocoa powder.
  4. Keep on stirring with a wooden spoon until it becomes a paste and stops sticking to the pot.
  5. Prior to turning off the heat, make sure the paste you created is tight together and very firm.
  6. Let it cool off then put it in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  7. Remove from the fridge and start creating nicely formed round balls.
  8. Pass them through sugar, cocoa powder, coconut flakes or whatever else you would like.

Bacon Jam from Leite’s Culinaria

Bacon JamI made this recipe yesterday to find out how it would come out by cooking it in the crockpot. I used a 16oz. crockpot. I must say… it was torture to deal with the smell coming out from the kitchen while we were waiting for it to be made!

As you can see this recipe is extremely easy to make and follow. Much as suggested, I believe to just go ahead and double the recipe right away as you will not be disappointed, and well you can give some as gifts and will forever have a troupe of friends drooling over this jam!

To eat this jam for the first time I decided to make crepes and add a thin layer of the jam, them fold them into triangles and coat them with powdered sugar. Smart move if I may say myself. Even Izzy, the dog loved it as Princess would drop a few pieces onto the floor. I tell you though, three crepes with the jam and you will be filled for quite a few hours!

Crepes with Bacon Jam
Prince eating crepes with bacon jam

Homemade snicker bars

Snickers barsA while back i decided to try this recipe and oh man, am i glad I did… Everyone absolutely loved it and it is a perfect thing to bring to a potluck or your kids’ teachers. They will love you forever–unless they are dieting of course and then they may not be very happy with you. Also this is such an easy recipe that get your kids involved in making them with you. Just the idea of actually making homemade snicker bars will get them in the kitchen real fast. Sure this is far from healthy, but we need to indulge from time to time right?