December 2009 Roundup

In savory recipes, Chicken Pot Pie from $5 Dinners, French Dip Sandwiches from A Blog About Food, Cheesy Crustless Quiche from A Food Coma, Hearty Cabbage Soup with Sausage and Potatoes from A Smart Mouth, Super Simple Cranberry Roast from A Year of Slow Cooking, Feta Walnut Spread from Absolutely Not Martha, Brown Veal Stock from Almond Corner, Baked Potato Soup from Annie’s Eats, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Tacos from arugulove, Tortellini with Bacon, Arugula and Brown Butter and Fresh Shell Bean Soup with Bacon and Pistou from The Bacon Show, Greek Tomato-Feta Fritters from The Bake-Off Flunkie, from Branny Boil’s Over, Caramelizd Onion Dip from Culinary Cory, Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites from Donut Taste Good, Quick Tomato-Basil Soup from Everyday Insanity, Pancetta Risotto Cakes with Vodka Sauce from Evil Shenanigans, Oaxacan Black Mole from Goodies First, Sweet-and-White Potato Latkes from Kitchen Ramblings from a Fairly Odd Tofu Mom, Chicken Cordon Bleu from Kristy’s Recipes, Roasted Romano Garlic Cauliflower from La Mia Cucina, Broccoli Cheese Soup from Living Insanity’s Loving Food, Ham-Cheddar Pretzel Bites from more bread and cheese, please!, Braised Lamb Shanks in Cranberry from [No Recipes], Crunchy Garlic Chicken from Rachel vs. The Kitchen, Tarragon Chicken Mac and Cheese from Rock Recipes, Italian Fries from shutterbean, Chile Pork and Black Beans with Chorizo from Slashfood, Creamy White Bean Soup from Sweet Peas and Pumpkins, Chorizo, Caramelized Onion, Roasted Roma Tomato and Fontina Frittata from Well Done Chef!, Crockpot Orange Chicken from Wholesome Feasts, Chocolate Chili con Carne from The Winter Guest, Slow Cooker Short Ribs of Beef from Words to Eat By, and Fennel-Pastrami Gratin from Zen Can Cook.

In sweet recipes, Chocolate Nutella Turnovers from Bake at 350, Baked Apple Dumplings with Cider Sauce from The Bitten Word, Butterscotch Cashew Chews from Butter My Kitchen, Grand Marnier Bundt Cake from Jill’s Blog, Easy Pretzel Turtles from Our Best Bites, Chocolate Chip Shortbread from The Purple Foodie, Salted Pistachio Brittle from shutterbean, Mini Panettones from Wholesome Feasts, Apricot and Coconut from winosandfoodies.com, Chocolate Pecan Pie from Your Vegan Mom, and Simple Brown Sugar Fudge from ZestyCook.

Chocolate Overload

For the most part, I’ve been doing really good with avoiding sweets – and my latest blood tests show that – with my average HbA1C being borderline low (3.8), it’s showing that I’d probably get adequate control on my PCOS and insulin resistance using diet alone.

Still, one in a while I get an intense chocolate craving – I obsessed over this cake I had seen in a magazine for over a week. P. finally made it for me, and it’s SO intensely chocolatey, so dense and smooth and rich, that a piece of it has sated my chocolate cravings, just like that. I’m still working on the piece pictured below, a day later.

Chocolate-Almond Torte with Ganache Topping

The cake has a very in your face amaretto component to it – substitute other extracts/liqueurs if amaretto isn’t your thing. Serve it with lightly sweetened whipped cream. You don’t want the cream to be too sweet – it’ll help cut through the intense richness of the cake.

Chocolate-Almond Torte with Ganache Topping
recipe courtesy Cuisine at Home magazine

For the torte:
1/3 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
1 bag bittersweet chocolate chips (12 oz.)
1 tsp. instant espresso powder
1/4 tsp. table salt
1/3 c. almond liqueur or cold brewed coffee
2 tsp. almond extract
6 eggs

For the ganache:
1/2 c. heavy cream
3/4 c. bittersweet chocolate chips (4 oz)
Toasted sliced almonds
Fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 325F. Coat a 9×2-inch round cake pan with non stick spray. Line with parchment paper cut to fit into the bottom of the pan; coat with nonstick spray.

Bring water and sugar for the torte to a boil in a saucepan to dissolve sugar; remove from heat. Add butter, 1 bag of chocolate chips, espresso powder, and salt. Let sit 2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Whisk in liqueur and almond extract.

Whisk eggs until whites and yolks are combined, then whisk into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared cake pan, and place cake pan inside a roasting pan. Bake torte until puffed and soft to the touch, 40-45 minutes. Remove the roasting pan from the oven, then remove the cake pan to a cooling rack. Cool 1 hour.

Run a paring knife around the inside of the cake pan; invert onto a platter. Peel off parchment; cool completely or chill until ready to serve. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Before serving, heat cream for the ganache in a microwave-safe measuring cup in a microwave on high until boiling, 1-2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips and let sit 2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Cool ganache 2-3 minutes, then spread over the top and down the sides of the torte. Sprinkle top with almonds. Dip a knife blade into hot water and wipe dry for each slice. Serve cake with strawberries. Chill any leftover cake.

Per 1/12th: 360 cal, 23g total fat (13g sat), 124mg chol, 99mg sod, 35g carb, 0g fiber, 5g protein.

November 2009 Roundup

Yay, finally caught up with all my roundups (through the end of February), so will be posting them over the next couple of days. Thankfully, in enough time to take advantage of the last of those winter veggies. :)

In savory recipes, Lamb Tagine with Pomegranate and Cherries from 2 Stews, Indian Eggplant Fritters from 28 Cooks, Asian Style Meatballs from 80 Breakfasts, Cheesy Creamed Corn with Cilantro from A Bountiful Kitchen, My Mutti’s German Potato Salad from A Feast for the Eyes, Corn Fritters with Sriracha from A Food Coma, Caramelized Onion and Brie Mashed Potatoes from A Stove With a House Around It, German Beef Stew from All That Splatters, Chicken with Mild Curry Sauce from Anne’s Food, Herb-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Creamy Orzo from Annie’s Eats, Crab and Corn Chowder with Bacon and Chanterelle Mushrooms and Applewood-Smoked Bacon and Farm Fresh Egg Risotto from The Bacon Show, Beef Barley Soup from Baking and Beyond, Baked Potato Soup from Baking Like Betty, Chicken Enchilada Pasta from The Bentley Family & AussieMumInTheKitchen, BBQ Pan-Seared Scallops with Creamy Sauerkraut Soup from Besotted Gourmet, Barcelona Wine Bar’s Sherry-Braised Short Ribs with Autumn Vegetables and Filipino Beef Empanadas from Big, Bold, Beautiful Food, Chicken in Pomegranate and Walnut Sauce (Fasanjoon) from Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen, Fake Out Thanksgiving Sandwich from Bite This!, Indian Summer Eggplant Lasagnette with Cherry Tomato Sauce from Burp! Where Food Happens, Southwest Scramble from Cajun Chef Ryan, Pasta al’Amatriciana from Cantbelieveweate’s Weblog, Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake and Mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole from Cassie Craves, Butternut Squash and Spinach Stuffed Shells with Brown Butter Sage Sauce from Chi-town Cooking Creations, Roast Beef Quesadillas from Closet Cooking, Pomegranate Pulled Pork and Southwestern Turkey & Dumplings from Coconut & Lime, Nigella Lawson’s Mustard Pork Chops from Cooking in Stilettos, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from Cooking with Trader Joe’s, Farro with Porcini, Chanterelles and Mascarpone from Fat of the Land, Savory Butternut Squash Muffins with Apples, Caramelized Onions, and Cheddar Cheese from Food Blogga, Inside-Out Squash Ravioli Pasta from Green-Lemonade.com, Bruschetta Chicken Bake from In the Kitchen with the Kenningtons, Buckeye Spicy Pot Roast from Inside the Hills Market, Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce from Kenzie’s Kitchen, Moroccan Slow-Cooked Lamb from Kitchen Bliss, Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup from The Kitchen Illiterate, White Bean Chicken Chili from more bread and cheese, please!, Brazilian Crazy Rice (Arroz Loco) and Roast Pork with Holy Mole Sauce from Muse in the Kitchen, Stuffed Mushrooms from My Baking Addiction, Kimchi Jigae (Kimchi Soup) from [No Recipes], Mushrooms with Bacon and Sage from The Purple Foodie, Chicken with Garlic Sauce from Seasaltwithfood, Cider-Glazed Sweet Potatoes from Serious Eats, 30 Clove Crock Pot Chicken from Simply Satisfying, Cheeseburger Soup from Stirring the Pot, Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu from Tummy Yummies, Holy Mole Chili from Vegan Crunk, and Peanutty Noodles from What’s For Dinner?

In sweet recipes, Martha Stewart’s Candied Sweet Potato Cupcakes from 52 Cupcakes, Rum Raisin Apple Cake from alpineberry, Orange Rolls from Anne Strawberry, S’mores Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats, PA Dutch Batter Fried Apples from Annie’s Recipes, Raspberry-Oatmeal Cookie Bars from The Bake-Off Flunkie, Spice Cake with Apple Cider Buttercream from Baked by Anna, Chocolate-Cherry Brioche from Bakers’ Banter, Snickerdoodle Pie from Baking Bites, Cranberry Crumb Bars from My Baking Addiction, Thick Hot Chocolate from bFeedMe, Dark Chocolate Mousse from Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen, Peach French Toast from Chaya’s Comfy Cook Blog, Butterscotch Cashew Bars from Fake Ginger, Apple Cider Pound Cake from Holly’s Recipe Repository, Sticky Date Bars from Jam and Clotted Cream, Apple Walnut Clafoutis from Junglefrog Cooking, Cranberry Orange Mini Bundts from My Baking Addiction, Caramel Apple Bars from Sugar Plum, and Cranberry Cheesecake Spread from Wives with Knives.