Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 350°F For the Cupcakes: Combine butter and coffee in a 3-4 quart stainless steel pot or saucier over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat, then mix in cocoa and chocolate, followed by brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix in eggs and yolks, then sift in flour and baking soda. Whisk thoroughly to combine.
Divide batter between prepared cupcakes, fill about 2/3 to the top. Bake until cupcakes are firm about 15 minutes (a toothpick inserted into the center should come away with a few crumbs still attached).
Cool cupcakes directly in pan for 1 hour. Remove and add frosting of your choice. The one pictured have a chocolate ganache.
A while back I started fooling around with confectioners sugar vs granulated sugar. I made a few batches of cookies using only confectioners sugar, some were pretty good others not so much. In my research I came across Megan Phelan. Megan is a Sullivan Street alumni who I believe is the architect of these flourless chocolate cookies. The batter is quick and easy the results are fantastic.
Preheat over to 375F line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a small bowl. Whisk egg whites and vanilla together.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in egg whites. Stir mixture with a fork until it just begins to come together. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined. The dough will be sticky and very dark.
Using a tablespoon, pack batter by pressing and dragging spoon against inside of bowl to make sure the dough is tight and compact. Place packed dough on parchment lined cookie sheet 3-inches apart and bake for 12 minutes or tops are glossy and set. Let cookies rest at least 15 minutes on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough.
Nothing says Christmastime like milk punch. It’s almost an eggnog without eggs. Quickly mixed in a hand shaker, it becomes frothy with a delicate vanilla flavor. The nutmeg adds a touch of color for a great contrast. Milk Punch on Happensatthebean.com #happensatthebean
There are many different sweet potato pie recipes around. All are good, some are heavier than others. This recipe makes a light-textured pie, not too sweet with a nice spice(fresh ginger) flavor. The sweetness is not solely based on added sugars. Roasting sweet potatoes at 350F or lower brings out the natural sugars. Sweet Potato Pie on happensatthebean.com
Bread pudding is the ultimate classic comfort food. It’s like a custard with much more texture. This bread pudding is water based vs milk & heavy cream. It’s not over-the-top or as rich but it’s still pretty good.
Whisk egg yolks, milk, sugar and salt in a large stainless steel sauce pan over low heat, stir gently for 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium and stir until custard is thickened and steaming. Strain thru a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl.
To make the chocolate sauce, whisk sugar & cocoa in the same pot, add chopped chocolate and heavy cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly until sugar has dissolved and mixtures bubbling. Strain into custard, add vanilla and Cointreau. Mix well.
Place bowl with custard in a large bowl, filled with ice and cold water to create a ice bath. Chill for 30-45 minutes. Place smaller bowl with custard into fridge until cold and thick, 4-6 hours.
Make ice cream according to manufacturers instructions.
Place ice cream in a quart container. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over ice cream prior to placing top. Helps prevent freezer burn.
During my quest to make a memorable chocolate chip cookie one thing became clear. A simple way to improve cookie recipes, resting the dough for at least 24 hours prior to baking. Resting the dough results in a firm dough ultimately a chewier cookie.
The iconic logos and brands put home bakers at a disadvantage. A simple way to improve ones chocolate game(chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate pudding)avoid the mass-market brands. Seek out high quality chocolate/cocoa, its a little more expensive, but it will dramatically improve your desserts.
This recipe is based on the waffle recipe in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I believe it was published in 1896. My mom only ever relied on a few cookbooks and Fannie Farmer was one of those few. These waffles are thin and crisp on the outside and light and fluffy inside. A dash of cinnamon gives the dish a little depth of flavor.
The sugar, butter & egg ratios in these brownies reminded me of a pound cake my Great Aunts often made, so I thought why not give this recipe a shot. Shiny, crinkly crust with a chocolatey denseness might be a good place to start.
***Note: A simple way to improve chocolate baked treats (chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate pudding, etc) is to avoid the mass-market chocolate brands. Seek out high quality chocolate/cocoa. It's a little more expensive, but it will dramatically improve your desserts.