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Chocolate brioche

I had some chocolate eggs left from Easter, so I thought I could use them to fill some nice brioches that I wanted to make, why not? They are perfect for a nice weekend breakfast, so I rolled up my sleeves and got started.

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They are very simple to make, but you also have to be patient since the dough has to double its volume but it´s worth it seeing the final results. These have the shape of a muffin but is a sweet bread texture.

You will need the following ingredients:

55 gr of melted butter

250 gr of flour

a pinch of salt

3-4 tablespoons of sugar

1 sachet of baking powder

2 beaten eggs

dark chocolate

First mix the dry ingredients: sift the flour together with the baking powder add the salt, the sugar and mix well. With your hands make a hole in the middle and add the liquid ingredients: the melted butter and beaten eggs.

Knead well for a few minutes, make a ball and let it rest in a clean bowl for at least 1 hour and half until it doubles in volume.

After this time, knead again and then start making little balls and put them in the mold (previously greased), put a piece of chocolate on top and then make another ball with the dough to place it ot top. You can ´glue´ the two parts together using some milk.

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Cover the brioches with plastic film and let them rest in a warm place for at least 1 hour and a half.

Brush the brioches with beaten egg, you can also put some sugar on top. Preheat the oven at 200º C and bake them for about 12-15 minutes.

You can put some sugar on top
You can put some sugar on top

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I love to eat them when they are still slightly warm and the chocolate inside is still molten!

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Have a nice day!

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Chocolate whoopies filled with orange custard

The whoopie pie is a US baked good that may be considered a cookie, pie or a cake, that comes from the Amish tradition.

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Amish women would bake these desserts and put them in lunch boxes for the farmers; when the farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout: Whoopie!

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The whoopies remind me of macarons, but only because of the shape, since the way of making them is different, a bit easier I would say (yey!).

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Anyway, these cookies, pies or cupcakes (whatever you want to call them), are delicious and elegant and you can always use your imagination to make the filling or the cookies with different ingredients.

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Here I tell you the recipe with some tips:

Ingredients for the filling:

1 orange

80 gr butter

50 gr sugar

1 egg

100 gr of cream cheese

Ingredients for the cookies:

125 gr of flour

1/2 sachet of baking powder

40 gr butter

40 gr sugar

1 egg

100 gr chocolate spread

20 gr of cocoa powder

100 ml of milk

a pinch of salt

First make the custard: grate the skin of the orange, then squeeze the juice and set it aside. Melt the butter, then add the sugar, the egg, the orange zest and the juice. Stir constantly until it gets thicker. Remove from the fire and let the mixture cool down; after that add the cream cheese, mix well, and let it chill in the fridge.

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Tip: if your custard doesn´t get thick enough (as has happened to me), you can add powdered sugar or cornstarch (maizena) while it´s on the fire.

Time to bake cookies! Sift the flour with the baking powder and add a pinch of salt. In a different bowl, mix the butter and the sugar, then add the egg, the chocolate spread, cocoa and the milk. Mix well and add to the dry ingredients from before.

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So, now we have the dough to make the cookies, it´s a bit liquid but it´s ok like this. Now, put baking paper on the oven tray and with the help of the pastry bag start making the circles. Just hold the pastry bag straight for a few seconds and press slightly to release the dough.

Tip: make the circles small, they will rise in the oven and will stick to each other if you make them too big (also happened to me a few times :))

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Put the cookies in the oven (preheated at 180º C) for about 10 minutes. Take them out and let them cool down, so you can take them off the baking paper easily. Now you can fill them with the orange custard.

Eat, enjoy!

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Have a nice day!

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Truffels

Valentine´s Day is coming soon and we are about to see screens and displays full of red and pink color. Since I´m not really a Valentine´s Day person, this time I wanted to make a nice bite with chocolate; I think it fits perfectly for those who really like to enjoy this day and it´s also nice as a present to give anytime.
Truffels! two ways of making them and very little chances that the result goes wrong. You will be the king or the queen of the Valentine´s Day with this nice chocolate treat.
Cookie truffels and chocolate truffels!
Ingredients to prepare cookie truffels:
500 g of caramelized biscuits
250 g of cream cheese
Dark and white chocolate to make the cover
Preparation:
First smash well the cookies until they are fine, then add the cheese cream and mix well until you get a smooth dough.
Place the dough in the frigde for at least 1 hour. After that you can start giving the truffels the round shape with the help of two spoons or with your hands.
Decoration: melt the dark chocolate and the white chocolate separately and deep the cookie balls inside.



Ingredients to prepare the chocolate truffels:
1 tablet of dark chocolate
3 egg yolks
200 ml of cream
 
Preparation:
Chop the chocolate and melt on low fire stirring well. In a saucepan aside, put the cream and warm it up. Take it out from the fire when starts cooking; then, add the chocolate to the cream and mix well, after that add the egg yolks and mix until everything is well integrated and the dough is like a smooth cream (hmmm).
Put it in the fridge for about 3 hours. After that you can start shaping the truffels with the help of two spoons.
The funny part starts now, you can decorate in million different ways: cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, coconut, chopped hazelnuts or almonds…
You can keep them in the fridge without problems and they are delicious! That is one easy recipe right? I hope you try it at home and have a good Valentine´s week!! Enjoy!