American Chocolate Week! I didn't know! How could I not have known. As much as I love my chocolate, I should have known this. This is a reblog from Kathy who, like me, thinks chocolate should be their own food group, and chocolate is our favorite food group to eat. Desserts just are not desserts if they don't have some chocolate in it. A Banana Split without chocolate! No Way.
American Chocolate Week- March 14-20th, 2012! Celebrate the Day!
I would rather have dark chocolate than most any other food group. Oh, and yes... chocolate is its own food group!! I have no idea why nor do I know of its origin but the third week of March is designated as American Chocolate week. As such, I think it only fair to do my best this week to eat, cook with, buy and celebrate chocolate.
My personal preference is dark chocolate, which is supposed to be good for you. I do not consider “white” chocolate to actually be a chocolate. If one were trying to bribe me, I could be had for homemade chocolate cake, hot chocolate, chocolate pie, chocolate fudge, or a box of Godiva all dark truffles.
Chocolate has antioxidants and other ingredients that can make you feel happy; raise your blood sugar and blood pressure just enough to make you feel more alert, and act much as caffeine does by acting as a stimulant.
My pantry is always prepared for any chocolate attack or occasion. And, I may just make one of my favorite chocolate desserts. If you like those warm molten chocolate concoctions, you’ll love this one. And... it’s really easy to make.
Jean CarmodyVasquez HotFudgePuddingCake
¾ c cake flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
Pinch salt/ ½ cup sugar
1 ½ T. each unsweetened cocoa powder, melted butter
1/3 c half and half
2 ozs grated bittersweet chocolate
¾ tsp. vanilla
1 c. dark brown sugar
¼ c. cocoa powder
1 ½ c strong brewed coffee (French Roast)
Sift together, 2-3 times, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cocoa powder. Put dry mixture into bowl, add half and half, grated chocolate, vanilla. Stir until partially combined. Add melted butter; stir until combined but don’t over mix. Pour batter into 8”x8”x2” buttered pan.
Sift together dark brown sugar and cocoa powder. Spread mixture over batter in pan and pour on coffee. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream or scoop of ice cream; decorate with grated chocolate.
Celebrate the Week!
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