Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Kitchen Tips Tuesday: “Cleaner” Cookies

September 20, 2016
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double chocolate chip with sea salt

Lately, I’ve dipped my toe into the wholesale side of my little baking enterprise which is forcing me to expand my repertoire of sweets to keep the variety fresh for my clients. Last week, I came across a tip from the esteemed chef Thomas Keller when he spoke about his version of chocolate chip cookies. In the last few days, I have employed this technique multiple times.

Keller chops his own chocolate for his cookies, rather than buying pre-made chips. Although regular old chocolate chips are great for many things, sometimes chopping up a higher quality, or different cacao percentage makes a difference. I sometimes mix the two, to get even more complexity to the cookie. But, that’s not today’s tip, although it is a great one!

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“Kitchen sink cookies” have chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, pecan and oatmeal in them, among other things!

When chopping chocolate, or nuts for cookies, place them in a fine mesh strainer to allow the dusty particles to slip through. This keeps it out of the batter, allowing you to have a more perfect definition between chocolate, nut and cookie dough.

We have three new cookies to be added to our website, Etsy, Gourmly, Echohabitude, and Chocolate.org, where we are indigo jones eats. For now, stop by Pintail coffee on the LES or Red Hook, or order from Umi Kitchen’s convenient app ( Shari’s Healthy Eats) where each meal comes with the freshly baked treat of the day.

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Unbelievable

January 22, 2016

We try to keep up with the innovations and discoveries in the health and wellness genre, as recent studies reveal better ways of eating and exercising all the time. While many findings are premature and only point to certain conclusions, they come from reputable sources and are worthy of a look-see.

Some, however sound too good to be true, perhaps because they are.
My Facebook feed is full of people posting that certain things are good for their health, because they so desperately want them to be. Diet soda better than water? A glass of wine the equivilent of an hour in the gym?  A chocolate bar a day for weight loss? Pretty doubtful. Yet these are actual headlines that have popped up recently, that people have taken seriously.

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The University of Alberta, in Canada found that rats who consumed one glass of red wine per day had similiar benefits to an hour of exercise. Hmm. Although many studies have lauded the resveratol found in red wine, we find this one a little hard to swallow. Compared to an hour in the gym doing what? Drinking wine?  I love a glass of red as much as the next guy, but I don’t think I am going to give up on the gym quite yet.

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That study that found that drinking diet soda is better for weight loss than drinking water?Funded by an organization that has Coke and Pepsi execs on the board. The researchers were also paid a stipend by the group, and the lead author was paid by the British Sugar Bureau. Of the 55,000 studies carried out, only the information from three of them were used. Only one of the three was able to show a weight loss benefit for the diet soda drinkers, as compared to those that drank water. Credible? We say highly questionable.

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John Bohannon, a journalist embarked on a prank study which bestowed the virtues of eating a chocolate bar a day to promote weight loss. While the news from the faux German study swept the world, the conclusions were, in fact unfounded. You can read Bohannon’s account of the hoax here.

Like with anything else in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Before you settle in for a night of Netflix, accompanied by a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate and some diet soda thinking it is a magic bullet for weight loss, I’d like to chat with you about purchasing a certain bridge in New York.

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Chocolate Substitutions

September 1, 2015

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We try to keep a well stocked panty, but sometimes inspiration hits, and we find we don’t have the exact ingredients that the recipe calls for. A quick trip to the store isn’t always an option, or a necessity. Here are a few swaps for different types of commonly used baking chocolates:

If the recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, substitute 1 oz. of unsweetened chocolate + 1 tablespoon of sugar, for each ounce of semisweet needed.

If the recipe calls for sweetened chocolate, substitute 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of nuetral flavored cooking oil* for every 4 oz. of sweetened chocolate required.

If the recipe calls for unsweetened chocolate, use 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon of neutral flavored cooking oil* for every oz. necessary.

*neutral cooking oil is one which does not impart a strong flavor. Try canola, vegetable oil, corn oil or sunflower oil. Olive oil will give your baked goods a detectable flavor that may be unpleasant. Coconut oil also will be detectable, but may be a more pleasant alternative.

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Happy National S’mores Day!!

August 10, 2015

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It’s National S’mores Day! Who knew? While it may not be the most important holiday for most, around here it is pretty special.  For us it celebrates homemade graham crackers, fluffy artisanal marshmallows, rich milk chocolate, and an opportunity for shameless self promotion. What’s not to love?

You may have missed S’mores Day, but you don’t need a holiday to enjoy our homemade s’mores. Just head on over to indigo jones eats or our Etsy shop to see all the flavors and shapes we offer, and place an order. Easy peasy.

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S’mores Season

May 17, 2015

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Next week is Memorial Day, which marks the official start of summer, and that means barbeques, bonfires, beach parties and s’mores. Well, you haven’t really had a s’more until you’ve had ours…

Homemade melt in your mouth graham crackers. Fluffy artisanal marshmallows roasted to caramelized perfection. Chunks of rich chocolate. I mean, what’s not to love?

Wander over to our sister site, indigo jones eats for more information. With a gift box of these as a hostess gift, we guarentee you will be invited back.

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Holiday Treats from Indigo Jones Eats

December 8, 2014

It’s official! We are taking orders for our holiday treats on our sister site,

indigo jones eats!

We don’t want to steal their thunder, but here is a sneak peak of what’s cooking:
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Freshly made S’mores tied up in bakery twine

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Hot chocolate and a homemade marshmallow on a stick

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Shortbread spoons dipped in chocolate

For pricing and ordering information, please go to

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We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

The Weather Outside is Frightful

December 6, 2014

The weather outside is frightful, but we’re inside whipping up something delightful!

Why not let us deal with some of your holiday gifts? We are making handcrafted artisanal treats that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
While the real photos won’t be ready until Monday, here is a preview of what is available, shown as works in progress:

IMG_3269These handcrafted spoons are a whimsical treat to serve with coffee or tea. Made of shortbread cookie dough, the tips are awaiting a quick dip in chocolate, and a sprinkle of peppermint sticks or nuts. Of course you can get them plain, or dipped in something else. Caramel perhaps?

IMG_3261This isn’t a winter wonderland, it’s a pile of homemade marshmallows! We will be plopping them on top of our hot chocolate on a stick to give you a decadent treat. They are the perfect stocking stuffer, or small token of the season.

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Our local tasters gave our hot chocolate sticks four thumbs up!

Those same fluffy marshmallows are also part of our S’mores kit. Nothing is lovelier than a fire in the fire place and marshmallows roasting. Our graham crackers are also handmade.

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Stop by indigojoneseats on Monday to see the final products, and take a peak at what else we can do.

Everything is made to order, and packaged for giving.

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For orders or inquiries: indigojonesnyc@gmail.com

 

 

 

Unrecipe of the Week: Marbled Matzo Brittle

April 14, 2014

Here is a simple, yet delicious version  of the matzo brittle we have posted previously. It has all the properties of the perfect confection. It’s a little bit salty, a little bit crunchy and a little bit sweet. And did I mention it has chocolate? What’s not to love?

 

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Marbled Matzoh Brittle:

Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and cover it with parchment paper. If you skip this step, you will be scrubbing for a long, long time. Trust us on this!

Line the pan with sheets of matzo.

In a large saucepan, heat 2 sticks of butter, and 1 cup of brown sugar. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until it comes to a boil and blends together. If it looks separated, keep stirring. Stir for couple of  minutes or so until it forms caramel. Pour the caramel over the matzo, and smooth it with a spatula.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until the caramel is golden in color, and bubbling. Don’t let it burn!

In the meantime, melt 1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips. Place the melted white chocolate into a pastry bag. (see our tip for doing this here.)

Remove the matzoh from the oven. Sprinkle it with semi-sweet chocolate chips and allow them to soften. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly across the matzoh.

Using the pastry bag  pipe the white chocolate in a zig zag pattern across the matzoh in both directions. Don’t be too worried about precision. Use a skewer, or the tip of a paring knife to smear the white chocolate, forming a marble effect. Alternatively, drizzle the white chocolate onto the matzoh with a spoon, and then use the above technique to marbelize it.

Sprinkle the matzoh lightly with sea salt.

Pop the pan into the refrigerator, and chill until the chocolate is firm.
Using a very sharp knife, slice the chilled matzoh into squares, and enjoy! (Don’t forget to share!)

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Substituting Chocolates

December 17, 2013

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When baking, different recipes call for different types of chocolate. Recipes that call for unsweetened chocolate for example,require more sugar, than those calling for bittersweet chocolate. Substituting chocolates requires tweaking other ingredients to compensate for the change in consistency or sweetness. Below of a few basic substitutions for those days when you have the urge to bake and the wrong type of chocolate in the pantry.

1 ounce of semisweet chocolate=1/2 oz. of unsweetened chocolate + 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate = 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon of butter

6 oz. of semisweet chocolate chips = 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder +1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar + 3 tablespoons of butter 

Happy Baking!

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The Skinny On Chocolate

November 11, 2013

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A new study shows that teens who consume  significant quantities of chocolate have lower levels of abdominal fat than those who did not.

Say what?

Researchers at the University of Granada found a correlation between higher chocolate consumption and lower body fat levels. Although chocolate contains fat and sugar, it also contains high levels of flavonoids, which have anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic, and antihypertensive properties, which help prevent heart disease.

More good news on the health benefits of chocolate include a lower risk of strokes in women, lower blood pressure, and an increase in insulin sensitivity in diabetics. Its ability to increase blood flow protects against blood clots, and can improve eyesight by directing more blood flow to the retina.

So, next time that sweet tooth kicks in, go ahead and indulge yourself in some rich, dark chocolate. Your tummy may thank you in more ways than one!

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