As I will be attending an event this afternoon, I wanted to take something homemade…and since I had chocolate in my freezer, I decided on a tri-chocolate cake and gave it a healthy drink of Grand Marnier to add flavor to the already exquisite blending of dark, dark Ghirardelli cocoa and Lindt chocolates…..this was a severely challenging cake to make, as I had to restrain myself from licking the spoon, the bowl and my hands!!!!
I love making ganache…it’s the easiest thing to make and when you blend together many different chocolates and let it sit for a while, a thick layer of chocolate covers the cake and makes it beyond delicious…..
It was going to be a mango walnut crumble, but I found I had maple syrup, so it became a maple mango walnut cake!
The mangoes were not fully ripe so it was relatively easy to peel and slice them into small pieces. I chopped about a cup of walnuts and about a cup of maple syrup went into the dry ingredients…..won’t be trying this one till tomorrow…..then I will see just how sweet this is, as I did not use regular sugar, but turbinado sugar….
Wanting to go real “green” for my dinner, I chopped up broccoli and mixed it with 1/3 cup of asiago cheese in lean beef, with half a cup of bread crumbs…….made small sliders and they quickly sizzled to yummy goodness.
Had to finish my plate with some more green, so I steamed peas and voila! You can have sliders without bread.
After making so many alfajores, I had more than enough egg whites to make a large sponge cake but I opted to make cupcakes instead…and these came out slightly chewy, springy, with some bitter chocolate….great combination with a cup of hot tea.
What could you possibly pour over a chocolate cake, made from 70% dark cocoa? Warm delicious ganache that just poured over the sides into a warm chocolate puddle….
I made dozens and dozens of alfajores and found myself with leftover alfajor dough…..so what could I do with that? I had a little bit of dulce de leche left and coconut, so I crushed and mashed it all together and then rolled them in chocolate!