Chocolate – the endless pursuit

Premium Double Chocolate Cookies 

Wherever there’s chocolate – count me in. Apparently even before I was born, I was a sucker for chocolate, and if you want proof – ask my mom. Sweets in general, and chocolate in particular, have never been her favorite foods, but when she was pregnant with me, she started eating a whole chocolate bar a day. This tasty ritual of hers lasted for 9 months, and stopped the day she gave birth to me. So much for children not being already born with character :)
So ever since I’ve been a great fan of chocolate, in all shapes and flavors. Even now, whenever I’m looking for an interesting recipe to prepare, those that contain chocolate appeal to me most.
And so it happened, that on our way to our honeymoon, Avi (my husband) and I bought an issue of “Bon Appetit” to read during the flight. As we were browsing through it, these wonderful looking cookies cought our eye, and we marked them ‘to immediately make when coming home’. As it often happens, the ‘immediately’ has been postponed to 2 months after we got back, when one Friday afternoon the cookies popped right back into Avi’s mind, and he asked me when I would bake them. ‘Now, of course!’ was my answer, and I got right ahead.
The outcome was simply delicious! These are very rich textured cookies, with a great chocolate flavor! I’d be definitely making these again, and again, and…well, you know, again :)

Premium Double Chocolate Cookies

Premium Double Chocolate Cookies / Ghirardelli chocolate factory 
Makes: 24 cookies

12 ounces (340 gr) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
11 1/2 ounces (325 gr) Bittersweet Chocolate
6 Tbsps (85 gr) unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup (110 gr) chopped walnuts

1. In double boiler over hot water, melt bittersweet chocolate chips and butter.
2. In large bowl with electric mixer or whisk, beat eggs and sugar until thick; stir into chocolate mixture.
3. In small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder; stir into chocolate mixture. Gently mix in semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnuts.
4. Using a sheet of plastic wrap, form dough into two logs, each 2 inches in diameter and about 12 inches long. As dough will be quite soft, use plastic wrape to hold dough in log shape. Wrap tightly; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm. (Dough may be frozen; thaw in refrigerator before proceeding with recipe.)
5. Heat oven to 375°F (190° celsius). Unwrap dough; with sharp knife, cut into 3/4-inch slices. Place slices 1 1/2 inches apart on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
6. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until shiny crust forms on top but interior is still soft. Cool on baking sheet; store in airtight tin up to 1 week.

עוגיות Premium Double Chocolate / מתכון מבית היוצר של שוקולד Ghirardelli

רכיבים:

325 גרם שוקולד מריר
85 גרם חמאה
3 ביצים
1 כוס סוכר
1/3 כוס קמח
1/2 כפית אבקת אפיה
340 גרם שוקולד צ’יפס
110 גרם אגוזי מלך קצוצים גס (אני השתמשתי בפקאן טבעי)

אופן ההכנה:

1. ממיסים חמאה ושוקלד צ’יפס מעל ביין-מארי.
2. מקציפים ביצים וסוכר במיקסר עד שמתקבל קצף יציב. מקפלים את הקצף שנוצר לתוך תערובת השוקולד והחמאה.
3. בקערה קטנה לערבב קמח ואבקת אפיה. להוסיף את תערובת הקמח לתערובת השוקולד ולערבב רק עד לקבלת תערובת אחידה.
4. מערבבים פנימה בעדינות את השוקולד צ’יפס והאגוזים עד שנטמעים באופן אחיד.
5. יוצרים מהבצק שני גלילים מאורכים, עוטפים בניילון נצמד ומעבירים למקרר לשעה לפחות, או עד להתמצקות שתאפשר לנו חיתוך קל בעזרת סכין של העוגיות.
6. כרבע שעה לפני הכנסת העוגיות לתנור מחממים תנור ל – 190 מעלות.
7. לחתוך פרוסות מן הגליל בעובי הרצוי של העוגיות, ולסדר באופן מרווח על גבי תבנית מרופדת בנייר אפיה.
8. לאפות 12-14 דקות, או עד שעל גבי שטח הפנים העליון של העוגיות נוצר קרום מבריק, אך פנים העוגיות עדיין רך.

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6 Responses to “Chocolate – the endless pursuit”


  1. 1 lior January 29, 2008 at 9:59 am

    looks great.
    Avi`s colleagues are waiting to taste it. :)
    thanks !

  2. 2 Dean January 30, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Great Flog, carry on!

  3. 3 vpitzi January 31, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Lior – many thanks for visiting, it’s great to see you here! I’ll try making them for you guys as soon as I can.

    Dean – thanks for the compliment and for the visit. Do come back! :)

  4. 4 brilynn January 31, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I can never refuse a good chocolate cookie, they look wonderful!

  5. 5 vpitzi January 31, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Brilynn hi!

    Thanks a lot! And also thanks for visiting my blog! Just a few hours ago I’ve visited your blog and fell in love with the gorgeous Nutella Challah you’ve made! I’ll be visiting your blog again soon.

  6. 6 Joy January 31, 2008 at 6:37 am

    I love the crackle top on your cookies. They remind me of a heavenly brownie. Beautiful photos on your blog! You’re rockin. Keep up the good work!


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