Month: February 2018

Black and White Cake

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Today is worth celebrating. Not only are we wrapping #monthofchocolate with a beautiful layered black and white cake, but we are also celebrating my TWO YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! Yes, this week is actually the best.

This second year of spilling my guts on the internet has truly exceeded my expectations. While my first year of writing was a lot of tiptoeing in the dark, fear, and overall panic/emotional meltdown, this second year felt a lot like breaking in a new pair of jeans: a little discomfort and a bit of uncertainty, completely overshadowed by an overflow of excitement about my new garb. If year one was a time of planting and sewing, year two was a lot of watering, weed-eating, and unreserved thrill at the occasional bloom of a few humble buds.

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

My second year here was one of hustle. It was about pressing in and doing the nitty gritty even when it felt uncomfortable. It was about taking ownership of who I am and having pride in what I have to offer. I had to learn to value the process and my time spent at the grind, even when there was no reward to reap.

While I’ve loved the experience in writing, photography, and recipe development, the single best part of this past year was the joy that came from operating out of my wheelhouse. I firmly believe that we are not meant to jam a square peg through a round hole the entirety of our lives. Instead, there is a grace that comes when we’re doing what we were created to do and are participating in activities that utilize our strengths. Once you’ve tasted that kind of fulfillment, there is no going back. It changes things.

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

So I ask you, what are your gifts? What are you holding back from? Where are your desires and how can you package your talents and passions to present them as your gift to the world around you? I wonder what kind of blessings we miss out on because we spend our time asking “What If?” instead of diving in and getting our hands dirty. Where is the joy when we are holding back from the things we’re desperate to explore? 

So thank you, readers, for being a part of this story. The narrative we’re writing here together is so dear to me, and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve created. Every thought you share with me- the successes in your homes, the trials in your kitchens, and the various other tidbits of your lives that overlap with mine- bear effect on my heart, my cooking, and the future of this site. So thanks for doing this with me, and let’s give it up for the coming year. 

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This black and white cake is fit for today. It’s the kind you put a million candles in and clink glasses of champagne over. This black and white cake is a delightfully rich, moist, and chocolatey way to ring in the people you love and the life moments you celebrate with them. It’s a splendid way to celebrate.

Black and white cake is, as the name suggests, layers of dark chocolate cake with thick clouds of white vanilla frosting. In this recipe, I’ve combined a few personal favorites to make an all out banging treat: the best one-bowl chocolate cake, a boiled vanilla bean frosting, and a rich chocolate ganache that is infused with a sweet berry flavor. This cake is as delicious as it is stunning, and I can promise you don’t want to miss out on it.

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this black and white cake, we start with the cake layers. Flour, cocoa powder, and sugar are combined with leavening agents and salt. Eggs, coffee, buttermilk, vanilla, and oil come next and are beat into the dry ingredients until well incorporated and smooth. Bake the batter into three 8″ round pans until puffed and cooked through.

Meanwhile, get started on the ganache. Much like the the ganache we made a few weeks ago, we start by warming a bit of cream to pour over chopped semisweet chocolate. Butter and blackberry jam are added as well, and the whole lot of it gets stirred together until it is smooth. You can set the ganache aside to cool until time of assembling the cake, but if you choose to make it in advance, just be sure to warm it to a spreadable consistency before using.

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

The ganache is layered into the dark chocolate cake rounds, and the whole thing is coated with the creamiest boiled frosting. The process of making boiled frosting will seem strange at first, but trust when I say it is WORTH IT. To make it, carefully whisk some whole milk into a bit of flour in a saucepan on the stovetop. Whisk out all of the clumps to ensure the frosting is as smooth as possible. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking all along, and cook until it has formed a thickened paste. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. After a few minutes, beat the paste into a creamed mixture of butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean until the frosting is light, fluffy, and well incorporated. You will die over how delish this frosting is. Scout’s honor.

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This black and white cake is best eaten on the day it’s made, but the moist components of this treat will stay tasty for days. If you’ve been wanting to up the ante on your baking game lately, this is the perfect dessert to test the waters with. It’s incredibly forgiving and easy to share.

Enjoy a slice of this black and white cake on my behalf sometime this weekend. You guys are the best blog friends a gal could ask for, so you’ve earned it. 

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this black and white cake, you should check out:

White Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

Raspberry Streusel Cake

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Chocolate Budino

Chocolate Cake

 

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Black and White Cake

Black and White Cake By Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a dark chocolate cocoa powder cake, made easily in one bowl, layered with a cooked flour vanilla bean frosting and a blackberry and dark chocolate ganache. This is a layer cake that is stunning and can even be used as a party/ wedding cake. The berry ganache is made with jam and cream. The cake is moist and fluffy, incredibly simple, and the frosting and smooth, light, and creamy cloud like. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This black and white cake is creamy, rich, and decadently chocolate with the faintest hint of a berry ganache.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 21/4 cups (270 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 21/4 cups (450 gm) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (60 gm) dark cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 21/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 21/4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 eggs (180 gm), room temperature
  • 11/4 cups (300 mL) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) black coffee, hot
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) vegetable oil
  • 11/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

 

For the blackberry ganache:

  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup seedless blackberry jam or preserves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped

For the vanilla bean frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons (50 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 cups (360 mL) whole milk
  • 11/2 cups (340 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups (300 gm) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup mixed berries, for garnish

Instructions

To prepare the cake (Adapted from Rosie Alyea):

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (8″) round cake pans with baking spray and line the bottoms with parchment rounds.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all of the dry ingredients and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, loosely combine all of the wet ingredients and add to the bowl of the dry ingredients. Mix on medium speed for just shy of 2 minutes, scraping the bowl (and bottom of bowl!) twice throughout.
  3. Pour equal amounts of batter in to all 3 pans. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until center is just barely set and toothpick comes out of cake almost clean. Allow to cool in the pans and on a cooling rack for 20 minutes and then remove from pans to continue the cooling process. Cake will stay fresh for 2 days if covered, or, for one month if wrapped well in saran wrap and frozen in freezer. I prefer to freeze my cake layers on a flat surface until just prior to frosting, but this step is not necessary.

 

To prepare the ganache:

  1. Heat the cream over low heat until barely simmer. Remove from heat and add the chocolate, jam, and butter. Briefly stir the contents of the pan and allow to rest for about 2 minutes. Stir to combine until smooth. If some of the chocolate has not yet melted, put the pan back on very low heat and stir until smooth. Be careful not to scorch the mixture. When smooth, pour the ganache into a bowl and set aside to cool to a thick, peanut butter consistency.

 

To prepare the vanilla bean frosting (Adapted from Julie Richardson):

  1. Place the flour into a small saucepan and slowly drizzle in 1/3 cup of the milk, whisking all of the while. Be sure to whisk out any clumps. Once smooth, slowly whisk in the remaining milk and place the pan over medium heat. Continue whisking until the mixture comes to a simmer, cooking for an additional minute until thickened to a paste. Remove the paste to a small bowl and place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
  2. Once the paste has cooled, beat the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean paste in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the milk paste and beat on medium speed for an additional 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Store in an air-tight container until ready to frost the cake.

 

To assemble the cake:

  1. Use a large serrated knife to level your cake layers. Spread 1/3 of the ganache mixture on top of each cake layer, leaving a 1/2 “border around the perimeter of the cake. Place in the fridge on a cooling rack briefly to set the ganache.
  2. Spread a bit of the frosting on an 8” cake board or your cake plate and then center one of your cake layers directly on top. Spread about 1-1/4 cups of the frosting on top and then add an additional cake layer. Repeat this process and then frost the cake with the remaining frosting. Garnish with fresh berries and store in the fridge if not eating that day. Cake will keep for up to 4 days, but it best served at room temp the day it is prepared.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I may or may not be crying real tears, as the reality of #monthofchocolate coming to a close is too much for me to bear. Nothing gives me more pleasure than rolling out decadent chocolatey goodness for y’all, so you better believe we’re going to wrap up this month with two beyond-fab recipes in one week, starting with these chocolate sweet rolls.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I am a huge fan of sweetened yeast rolls. While the process of making, rising, filling, and baking the dough can be a bit lengthy, the end product totally justifies the means. Nothing says “WORTH IT” like two pans of sweet, fluffy dough wrapped around a rich, coffee-scented chocolate filling. If you give them a try, I think you’ll agree.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

The recipe for these chocolate breakfast rolls are a combination of a few other buns on my site (see here, here, and here!) and the dough for my favorite cinnamon bread. We start the dough by dissolving the yeast in a bit of warmed milk. Once smooth, add the sugar and egg as well as the salt, leavening and flour. The dough gets kneaded by hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer before being set aside to rise. 

Once the dough has risen and is nearly doubled in size, prepare the filling. Chocolate, butter, cocoa, and espresso powder are melted together on the stovetop until smooth. Pull the mixture off the heat, stir in the confectioner’s sugar, and allow the filling to cool to a spreadable consistency.  One cooled, roll the dough out into a large rectangle on a floured work surface and spread the filling evenly over thin sheet of dough. Starting with one of the long ends, roll the dough tightly into one long tube and pinch the ends to seal in the filling. Use a sharp knife to cut the tube into slices and place the rolls two inches apart in one or two greased baking dishes. Allow the dough to rise a second time before baking until golden brown.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to spread these chocolate sweet rolls with a cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese adds a bit of tang to an otherwise sweet frosting and perfectly compliments the chocolate sweet rolls. Although these buns are best eaten the day they are prepared, you can easily warm them in the microwave or toaster oven for a quick breakfast treat that will make ordinary mornings anything but. These chocolate sweet rolls are as delicious as they are beautiful, and I would bet that if you try them once you’ll have a new weekend baking tradition in the making. 

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Give these chocolate sweet rolls a go and try not to eat them all in one sitting. I’ll be sharing one more #monthofchocolate recipes at the end of this week, so keep your eyes peeled for a knockout finish to this special month of recipes. Happy Monday, y’all!

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these chocolate sweet rolls, you should try:

Brown Sugar Danishes

Orange Cardamom Rolls

Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Peppermint Bark Bread

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

 

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Chocolate Sweet Rolls

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

These chocolate sweet rolls are soft and tender, filled with a coffee-chocolate spread and topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 120
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) milk (2% or Whole), lukewarm
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 31/2 cups (455 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • 6 ounces (170 gm) chopped semisweet/ bittersweet chocolate, depending on your preferences
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • ½ cup (60 gm) powdered sugar

For the frosting:

  • 6 ounces (165 gm) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (250 gm) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 tablespoons of milk, plus more as desired

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the warm milk and half of the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over top of the milk and allow the yeast to activate, about 5 minutes. The mixture should froth and foam slightly. You can stir it gently to make sure all the yeast has been moistened, but if the yeast does not foam, dump it out and start over. Once the yeast has been activated, stir 1/4 cup of the flour in to the milk mixture. Once combined, add the remaining sugar, 1 egg, salt, and baking powder and stir to combine. On low speed, add an additional 3 cups of  flour and beat to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Once evenly combined, increase the speed to medium (I use speed number 4 on my Kitchen Aid stand mixer) and add the softened butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Add up to an additional ¼ cup flour if the dough is too soft and doesn’t hold it’s shape somewhat. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then continue to beat on medium speed for an additional 4 minutes. The dough will be quite moist and sticky.
  2. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough inside, covering it tightly with a piece of plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in a warm spot in the kitchen until it has approximately doubled in size, about 1-1/2-2 hours.

To prepare the buns:

  1. Once the bread has nearly risen, melt the chocolate, butter, cocoa powder, and espresso powder in a saucepan over low heat. Once smooth, stir in the powdered sugar until well combined. Set aside until the dough is ready. If it firms up beyond a spreadable consistency, gently melt it again.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the risen dough into an approximately 19”x13” rectangle. Use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate filling evenly over the entirely of the dough. Starting with one of the long ends, roll the dough somewhat tightly and pinch together the ends to seal in the filling. Cut 1-1/2” slices of dough and place them about an inch apart inside of a greased baking dish. I bake mine in two 9” pans. Cover the dishes with plastic wrap and allow them to rise a second time until puffed, about 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Once the buns have risen, remove the plastic wrap and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until a light golden color. Allow to cool.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla, beating until evenly combined. Add milk slowly, 1-1/2 teaspoons at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Add extra liquid to thin out frosting to a drizzling glaze. Spread the frosting evenly over the buns and eat while warm!

Brookies (Brownie Cookie Bars)

Brookies Brownie Cookies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for brownie cookie bars, baked in a 9" pan. For when you can't decide between sweets! A rich cocoa powder and chocolate chip brownie topped with a salty chocolate chunk blondies-like cookie. They taste great with ice cream! Find the recipe and simple how to for this dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

Have you heard of brookies? If you’re unfamiliar, fear not, because we are going to get down to the nitty gritty in today’s #monthofchocolate installment. Brookies are essentially brownie cookie bars, a treat that is equal parts chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie batter. Both components are baked into one ultra-rich and satisfying dessert, the ultimate treat for the chocolate lover who refuses to choose between chocolate chip cookies and brownies. 

Brookies Brownie Cookies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for brownie cookie bars, baked in a 9" pan. For when you can't decide between sweets! A rich cocoa powder and chocolate chip brownie topped with a salty chocolate chunk blondies-like cookie. They taste great with ice cream! Find the recipe and simple how to for this dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

My experience with brookies began as a kid. Growing up, my Nana and I would take day trips to the next town over where we would shop for books and eat lunch. We’d spend hours thumbing through stories and magazines, acquiring stacks of paperbacks and colorfully illustrated pages to take home for keeps. Any vacation to visit my Nana was incomplete without an outing to that bookseller, and I firmly believe that my love for reading and writing began in the quiet corners of that store.

Shopping was always followed by lunch, and we’d visit the same restaurant each time. In keeping with our tradition, dessert was ordered first, and we would fill our bellies on slices of banana cream pie and brookies served with scoops of ice cream. Occasionally, we would save room for lunch, but the beauty of those meals was the space to do something that felt out of the ordinary and special. That act of eating dessert first became like a sacred right, a privilege reserved for meals spent across the table from my Nana. 

Brookies Brownie Cookies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for brownie cookie bars, baked in a 9" pan. For when you can't decide between sweets! A rich cocoa powder and chocolate chip brownie topped with a salty chocolate chunk blondies-like cookie. They taste great with ice cream! Find the recipe and simple how to for this dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

A sidetone on this: do you guys have memories like that? Are there people in your life who have created those moments for you? I think some humans have a knack for making ordinary days and places and moments sparkle. They thrive on creating magic for others and have the seemingly innate ability to make the everyday memorable. In a long list of qualities that I hope to inherit from my Nana, this is one: I want to create meaning from the mundane. I want to be a person who can polish life’s simple moments until they become someone’s treasure. 

Brookies Brownie Cookies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for brownie cookie bars, baked in a 9" pan. For when you can't decide between sweets! A rich cocoa powder and chocolate chip brownie topped with a salty chocolate chunk blondies-like cookie. They taste great with ice cream! Find the recipe and simple how to for this dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

In retrospect, the brookies we enjoyed all those years weren’t that great. You could kinda tell it was one of those mass-produced desserts that was microwaved at the last minute and served a la mode. But the prospect of greatness is still there- a brownie and cookie combined?! Could anything in the world be more tantalizing?

These brookies are made from a simple cocoa powder brownie batter that is topped with an equally easy chocolate chip cookie dough. The recipe can be prepped in ten minutes flat, yet has that “OH MY GOSH, WHO BROUGHT THESE?” kind of a effect on the people who eat them. They’re just that fab.

Brookies Brownie Cookies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for brownie cookie bars, baked in a 9" pan. For when you can't decide between sweets! A rich cocoa powder and chocolate chip brownie topped with a salty chocolate chunk blondies-like cookie. They taste great with ice cream! Find the recipe and simple how to for this dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

To make them, we start with the brownie batter. Melted butter is stirred with sugar before a single egg and some vanilla are added. Flour, leavening and cocoa powder are added next, and a fold of chocolate chunks completes the batter. Spread the brownie goodness into the bottom of a 9″ baking dish and get started on the cookie dough. Again, melted butter and sugar are stirred together before an egg and vanilla are added. The dry ingredients and chocolate chunks are stirred in next, and the dough is spread in on top of the brownie batter. A sprinkle of salt finishes the bars, and the whole pan gets baked in the oven until they have puffed and baked through.

Fresh from the oven, the brookies are cookie in texture and ultra-chocolatey in flavor. They’ll store terrifically in the freezer, but my guess is that they won’t last that long. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Next week is our very last week of #monthofchocolate (BRB, I’m actually crying real tears), and we will celebrate with two desserts. Don’t worry, I’ve totally saved the best for last. Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

Brookies Brownie Cookies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for brownie cookie bars, baked in a 9" pan. For when you can't decide between sweets! A rich cocoa powder and chocolate chip brownie topped with a salty chocolate chunk blondies-like cookie. They taste great with ice cream! Find the recipe and simple how to for this dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these brookies, you should check out:

Pretzel Shortbread Peanut Butter Brownies

Derby Pie Bars

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Blondies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

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Brookies (Brownie Cookie Bars)

Brookies Brownie Cookies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for brownie cookie bars, baked in a 9" pan. For when you can't decide between sweets! A rich cocoa powder and chocolate chip brownie topped with a salty chocolate chunk blondies-like cookie. They taste great with ice cream! Find the recipe and simple how to for this dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

These brookies are brownie cookie bars- a layer of brownie batter topped with a chocolate chip cookie dough! This simple one-bowl recipe is perfect for the person who just can’t choose. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the brownie:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup (65 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (30 gm) dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (85 gm) semisweet chocolate chips

 

For the cookie:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (130 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ cup (85 gm) semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

To prepare the brownie layer:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 or 9” square baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly grease the bottom with baking spray.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat until just barely melted. Pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and stir with a wooden spoon until almost combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir until the ingredients are well incorporated. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. You can use lightly moistened fingers to pat it out evenly.

 

To prepare the cookie layer:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat until just barely melted. Pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt and stir with a wooden spoon until almost combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir until the ingredients are well incorporated. Spread the mixture on top of the brownie layer. Sprinkle the top of the cookie with the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt and then bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes before pulling the aluminum foil and bars out. Once cooled, slice into squares.

YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Make Ganache (and Homemade Chocolate Truffles!)

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

There are a few recipes that every home baker needs to know like the back of their hand. Ganache, with only two ingredients and two steps to create it, is one of a few baking fundamentals that can elevate homemade dishes to sweet, chocolatey bliss. Despite its simplicity, ganache often scares bakers away from attempting to make it themselves at home. Today, in an effort to conquer this Everest, we are going to cover the basics on ganache so that you can create decadent, chocolate dishes with ease from here on out. We’re also going to learn how to make 4 different types of homemade chocolate truffles from a single ganache base, so if you’re interested in making some treats for your valentine (or yourself, no judgement here!), this is a post you’ll want to listen in on. Let’s get started!

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

What Is It?

Ganache is the mixture of warmed cream and chocolate that can be used to glaze, fill, coat, or whip into baked goods and desserts. Ganache can take on a variety of forms depending on the cream to chocolate ratio, and the concentration and preparation of these two ingredients will alter the final product.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com
The three different types of ganache, photographed just after being mixed together.

How Do You Make It?

All ganaches begin by heating heavy whipping cream until hot but not boiling. The warm cream is poured over finely chopped chocolate and allowed to rest for a few minutes until the chocolate has melted enough to be stirred into the cream. When combined, the chocolate and cream transform into a smooth and rich liquid that we know as ganache.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

What Are the Different Types of Ganache?

The proportion of cream to chocolate will determine how viscous your final product will be. A higher cream:chocolate weight ratio will land you a more thin chocolate glaze, while a ganache with more chocolate than cream will result in a thick, fudgy texture. Here are three basic cream:chocolate ratios that you need to know. 

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

1:1 – One part cream to one part chocolate

Using the same weight of cream and chocolate will result in a thick fudge sauce consistency. When warm, this ganache can be poured thickly over cakes, breads, and ice cream, yet when chilled, the ganache can be used to fill cakes, pastries, and tarts. If whipped, this ganache ratio will transform into a hardening frosting that is perfect for cakes to be covered in fondant. You might remember this ganache from marble loaf pound cake .

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com
1:1 Ganache after cooling for a bit.
1:2 – One part cream to two parts chocolate

Ganache will become thick and viscous as you increase the amount of chocolate to cream. The more chocolate, the thicker it will be. We will use this ratio later today to prepare homemade truffles, but you might remember a similarly rich ganache from the mint chocolate sandwich cookies.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com
2:1 ganache after cooling a bit.
2:1 – Two parts cream to one part chocolate

When warm, this ganache will be a thin, pourable glaze that can be used to coat baked goods, but when allowed to cool, this ganache ratio will whip into a light and fluffy frosting that will stay soft upon setting.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com
1:2 ganache before and after whipping.

What Else Do I Need to Know About Ganache?

There’s a few other things that will affect your final ganache. First: time and temperature. A warm, freshly made ganache will be a bit more loose than one that has been resting at room temperature or chilled overnight in the fridge. Given enough time and cool temperatures, all ganaches will firm up somewhat from their warm state. For example, if you’ve prepared a thick ganache with more chocolate than cream, you’ll find the ganache is pourable and saucy while warm, but will harden up to a firm, malleable consistency after some time in the fridge. Cold ganache will always be more firm than a warm one, so if you find that your final outcome is not as thick as you anticipated, it may be that you just need to let it rest a bit more.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

The type of chocolate that you choose to use will also affect your final ganache. While most recipes call for bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, ganache can be made with white or milk chocolate as well. The type of chocolate you choose will affect the flavor and texture of your ganache, so be sure to use chocolate that you would normally enjoy eating on its own.

Finally, ganache can be flavored with a few simple add-ins. Extracts, liquors, and even nut butters can be whisked into a warm ganache to to add flavor the the chocolate base. I’ll share a few simple variations below, but be sure to tell me if you have any favorites that I need to try!

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Let’s be honest. There’s nothing sweeter than romance via chocolate on Valentine’s Day and no better way to share that love than by making homemade chocolate truffles. Now that you’ve mastered ganache, you can easily prepare 4 different homemade chocolate truffles to show love to your boo thang. Of course there’s a million other options, but here are a few rich candies to get started with:

Simple Chocolate Truffles

The gold standard for chocolate candies, these babies are the most basic form of truffle, prepared by scooping firm rounds of chilled ganache and rolling it in cocoa powder. These are perfect for the more-is-more kind of chocolate lover in your life. 

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

Peanut Butter Truffles

Here, peanut butter is stirred into the warm ganache before it’s chilled to a thick consistency. Once firm, simply scoop small mounds of chocolate to roll and refrigerate until cold. The chilled balls are then dipped in a coating of melted chocolate and sprinkled with chopped peanuts.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Truffles

Simple, rich, and decadent are these truffles, made by preparing a dark chocolate ganache with the addition of sea salt. Once chilled, balls of ganache are dipped in dark chocolate, and a sprinkle of sea salt gives these little guys a sophisticated look with that sweet and salty taste.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

Hazelnut Truffles

Similar to the peanut butter truffles, these hazelnut truffles are made by stirring chocolate hazelnut spread into the warm ganache. I like to roll the chilled truffles in chopped hazelnuts, but certainly you could dip these in chocolate as well.

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

A Few Other Truffle Filling Variations:

Boozy Truffles: Add 1 tablespoon of rum, bourbon, coffee or orange liqueur into the warm chocolate ganache recipe. 

Vanilla Truffles: Add 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract to the warm chocolate ganache. Roll the finished balls in powdered sugar.

Coconut Truffles: Add 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract to the warm chocolate ganache and roll the finished balls in toasted sweetened coconut.

Peppermint Truffles: Add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to the warm chocolate ganache and roll the finished balls in crushed candy canes. 

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

Ok, I’m Obsessed with Ganache. How Do I Get Started?! 

Ganache and homemade truffles are one of the easiest recipes you’ll make all year. Once you know how to make a base ganache you can make a ton of different treats like peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, mint brownie ice cream cake, and pretzel millionaire bars. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you’ll be glad to have this technique in your pocket, and you honey booboo will be even more thrilled. Give these homemade chocolate truffles a try and let me know what you think! #MonthofChocolate will continue next week, so stay tuned for more milky cocoa goodness!

 

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Chocolate Ganache

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

Making homemade ganache is simple and only requires two ingredients. Use some basic ratios to learn how to make the perfect ganache your recipe needs!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
  • Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions

  1. Place the chocolate in a bowl and set aside while you prepare the cream.Warm the cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat until cream is hot and beginning to steam. Do not boil.
  2. Pour the warm cream over the chopped chocolate and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Allow it to rest about 5 minutes, and then use a spoon or spatula to stir the chocolate and cream together. If the chocolate is not completely melted you can microwave the chocolate and cream together in 15 second increments, stirring until the two have combined. 
  3. Allow the ganache to cool to your desired consistency. You can expedite this process by placing the bowl in the refrigerator. Stir it regularly to keep it uniform in consistency.

Notes

For a thick glaze/ cake or pie filling:

  • Use a 1:1 chocolate to cream ratio.
  • Weigh equal amounts of cream and chocolate. For example, you may use 2 ounces of heavy whipping cream and 2 ounces of chocolate to make 4 ounces of ganache.
  • If you plan to frost a cake with this ganache, allow it to cool and then whip with a paddle attachment until fluffy in the bowl of a stand mixer. 

For truffle thick ganache:

  • Use a 1:2 cream to chocolate ratio.
  • Weigh out double the amount of chocolate to cream. For example, you might combine 2 ounces of cream and 4 ounces of chocolate to make 6 ounces of truffle thick ganache. 
  • If you plan to use this ganache to make truffles, chill the ganache until it is firm enough to scoop.

For a thin glaze/ whipped ganache:

  • Use a 2:1 cream to chocolate ratio.
  • Weigh out double the amount of cream than chocolate. For example, you might combine 4 ounces of cream and 2 ounces of chocolate to prepare 6 ounces of thin ganache. 
  • For whipped ganache, allow the cream to set out or chill in the fridge until slightly thickened and viscous. Place in the bowl of a stand mixer and use the whisk attachment to beat until light and fluffy. Be sure to not overbeat- you may make butter!

 

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Homemade Truffles

You Need to Know How to Make Ganache and Homemade Chocolate Truffles by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This simple tutorial will teach you the ins and out of preparing ganache from bittersweet , milk, semisweet, dark, or white chocolate. From there, learn to make a few different types of truffles including coconut, orange, coffee, peppermint, hazelnut, Nutella, peanut butter, and sea salt. This recipe and how to will teach you how to make pourable glaze, whipped, thick and fudgy filling ganache, and more. Find the recipe and learn how to make homemade candy for Valentine's Day on thewoodandspoon.com

If you know how to make ganache, these homemade truffles are a cinch! Four variations will make for a beautiful homemade dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 18 1x
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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (115 gm) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces (60 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • Cocoa powder (for classic truffles)
  • 1/4 cup (60 gm) creamy peanut butter (for peanut butter truffles)
  • 6 tablespoons (90 gm) chocolate hazelnut spread (for hazelnut truffles)
  • Sea Salt (for dark chocolate truffles)
  • 1 cup (180 gm) chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for dipping, optional
  • Toasted peanuts or hazelnuts, finely chopped, optional

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a small mixing bowl
  2. Heat the heavy whipping cream until hot. Pour over the chocolate, stir to combine, and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to rest 5 minutes and then stir to combine until smooth. Microwave in 15 second increments if the chocolate is not thoroughly melted. If you plan to make classic truffles, refrigerate this mixture until firmed but still malleable. Scoop out 2 teaspoon sized balls and roll them in cocoa powder. Refrigerate to firm and then serve at room temperature. 

For peanut butter truffles:

  1. Stir the peanut butter into the warm ganache and place in the fridge to chill. Once the ganache is set but still scoopable, spoon 2 teaspoon sized balls (I use a small cookie scoop) of ganache and roll gently in your hands. Place the balls back in the fridge to cool. In the meantime, melt the additional chocolate in a double boiler set over medium-low heat. Roll each chilled ball in the melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment or wax paper to set. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and cool completely in the fridge.

For hazelnut truffles:

  1. Stir the chocolate hazelnut spread into the warm ganache and place in the fridge to chill. Once the ganache is set but still scoopable, spoon 2 teaspoon sized balls (I use a small cookie scoop) of ganache and roll gently in your hands. Roll each ball in the finely chopped hazelnuts and place in the fridge to set. 

For sea salt truffles: 

  1. Sprinkle in a small pinch of salt and stir to combine. Place in the fridge to chill. Once the ganache is set but still scoopable, spoon 2 teaspoon sized balls (I use a small cookie scoop) of ganache and roll gently in your hands. In the meantime, melt the additional chocolate in a double boiler set over medium-low heat. Roll each chilled ball in the melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment or wax paper to set. Sprinkle with sea salt and allow to firm up at room temperature or in the fridge. 

 

Turtle Ice Cream & MONTH OF CHOCOLATE

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Y’ALL. It’s already here, and I’m so excited that I could almost pee my pants. We’re celebrating something way better than Christmas morning, the first day of school, or even a second date with a major hottie, because today marks the beginning of MONTH OF CHOCOLATE.

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Do you guys remember all the chocolate shenanigans we partook in last year? There were homemade chocolates and a white chocolate layer cake. There was a hazelnut mocha cream pie and two minty desserts: sandwich cookies and a mint brownie ice cream cake. We played with cocoa powder and dark chocolate bars, mini chocolate chips and fudgy ganache. Basically it was a sticky-sweet month of decadent chocolate desserts, and those few short days were so glorious that it had to be a tradition in the making. So people, today we start the second annual #monthofchocolate, and yes, it’s okay to cry real tears of joy. I know I am. Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Before you get too hot and heavy on all this chocolate business, let’s chill out with one of the best homemade ice creams I have ever had the pleasure of shoveling down my gullet. It’s turtle ice cream, a rich and creamy chocolate ice cream swirled with toasted pecans, hot fudge sauce, and salty-sweet caramel. Perfectly sweet with just a teensy bit of crunch, and every bit as decadent as a chocolate ice cream should be. Let’s chat about how to make it.

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

For the best turtle ice cream, we need the best sauces to mix into it. To make my favorite homemade caramel, we cook sugar and water in a saucepan until it has bronzed to an amber hue. Next, warm cream is added to transform that caramelized sugar into a gooey sauce. Once combined, the caramel is finished with a bit of butter and a helping of salt. 

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

My favorite hot fudge sauce is even easier to make. Cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt and chocolate are melted together in a saucepan until boiling. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes and then add the butter, vanilla, and even more chocolate. Allow both sauces to cool before adding to your ice cream, or, better yet, make them a day or two in advance. They will keep well in the fridge.

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The base for this turtle ice cream is adapted from Jeni Britton Bauer’s genius recipe. Cream, milk, and evaporated milk are cooked with sugar and corn syrup until boiling. Cocoa powder is added next, followed by a cornstarch slurry that will thicken up the turtle ice cream. Continue to cook the mixture until thick and bubbly, and then add the remaining ingredients: chopped bittersweet chocolate and salt. The mixture needs to chill completely before we attempt to process it in the ice cream machine, so to speed up the process, I like to use Jeni’s ice bath method. Pour the hot cream mixture into a gallon-sized plastic bag and fill the sink or a giant bowl with ice water. Submerge the plastic bag in the icy water to cool the mixture in about 30 minutes. Once completely chilled, the mixture is ready to be processed in an ice cream machine. 

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

You can follow the manufacturer’s instructions to freeze the ice cream base into a chocolatey oasis, but for reference, my machine usually requires 20 minutes. Just whiz it in your machine until it is the consistency of fro-yo and then layer in your ingredients. I typically add a quarter of the ice cream to a loaf pan or ice cream container and then sprinkle on the pecans. Drizzle spoonfuls of each sauce in next, and then repeat the process until all of the ice cream has been sauced up. Swirl it all together with a knife and then freeze the container in a cold part of your freezer for about 6 hours, or overnight.

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This turtle ice cream is a sweet and salty tribute to chocolate, the perfect way to start the #monthofchocolate festivities. Be sure to pop by here every week for the rolls, bars, and other delightful confections that you won’t want to miss out on. Give this turtle ice cream a try and let me know what you think! HAPPY CHOCOLATE DREAMING, Y’ALL!

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this turtle ice cream you should check out:

Honey Salted Almond Ice Cream

No-Churn Mocha Brownie Fudge Ice Cream

Samoa Ice Cream

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

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Turtle Ice Cream

Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This turtle ice cream has a creamy chocolate base, toasted pecans, and swirls of hot fudge and salted caramel sauce. Sweet, salty, nutty, and delicious. 

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Total Time: 400
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 mL) whole milk
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 ounces (85 gm) bittersweet chocolate
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cups (360 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (12 ounce) can regular evaporated milk, not nonfat
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (80 gm) light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup (25 gm) cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup (30 gm) toasted pecans, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup hot fudge sauce, melted but not too hot
  • ¼ cup salted caramel sauce, melted but not too hot

Instructions

  1. Combine two tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ice cream, but re-stir this mixture occasionally. Chop the bittersweet chocolate and place in a medium sized mixing bowl with the salt. Make an ice bath in a large bowl or your kitchen sink big enough for a gallon-sized plastic bag.
  2. Combine the remaining milk, whipping cream, evaporated milk, sugar, and corn syrup in a medium sized (at least 4 quart) saucepan. Place over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring regularly. Add the cocoa powder and whisk to combine, continuing to cook for an additional 4 minutes. To mixture will foam and bubble up, so be sure to keep stirring to keep smaller pans from overflowing! Pull the pan from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Place back over heat and continue to cook, stirring with a spoon or a spatula, for about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowly drizzle the hot cream mixture over the chopped chocolate and salt, stirring regularly. Once all is combined and smooth, pour the contents of the bowl into a gallon-sized plastic bag. Place the sealed bag in the prepared ice bath and allow to chill until cold.
  4. Once the mixture is chilled, pour the contents of the bag into a prepared ice cream processing machine. Make sure that your ice cream bowl is adequately chilled. Process the ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions until thick and fluffy, like the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. Spoon ¼ of the ice cream into a loaf pan or a container large enough to freeze the ice cream in. Drizzle with ¼ of the hot fudge and caramel and sprinkle with pecans. Repeat this process 3 more times until all the ice cream, sauces, and nuts have been used. Use a knife to swirl in the mix-ins and cover your loaf pan with a sheet of foil. Place the pan in the freezer to firm up, about 6 hours or overnight. Allow the ice cream to sit out for 5 minutes prior to scooping and ENJOY!