Monday, February 14, 2011

Food of Love Part 3: Chocolate for the Senses

The chemistry of food and wine has fueled a journey of passion that begs to be cooled... Rich chocolate, a bitter sweet offering of cream and ice, is the perfect ending to a simple, yet tantalising display of food Heaven.

More endorphins will be released when the smooth ice cream is eaten with glee. Toasted cupcake crumbs and a juicy sliver of nectarine will send the senses soaring to new heights.

Chocolate Ice Cream with Red Velvet Cupcake Crumbs and Fruits:

(Serves 2, with lots left over)

Ice cream: (Makes a small tub)
1 Tin Coconut Cream
1 Slab Albany Smooth Dark Chocolate
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar or Fructose
2 Teaspoon Good Quality Cocoa

Cupcake Crumbs (homemade or store bought – if you want to make them, you can make these a few days in advance and just freeze the crumbs, after crushing the cupcake into crumbs)

Homemade: (Makes 6)
90mls Pouyoukas Rice Flour
90mls Potato Starch
90mls Fructose
1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1 – 2 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
½ Tablespoon Light Agave Nectar
½ Cup Raw Beetroot Pulp
1 Teaspoon Egg Replacer mixed with 1 Tablespoon Warm Water
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Fruits such as nectarine, raspberries, gooseberries


Heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius
For the cupcakes sift the dry ingredients together
Add in the wet ingredients
Mix until the batter is smooth
Spoon the batter into a muffin tin
Bake for 25 minutes
Remove and cool on a wire rack
When cooled – blitz into crumbs
When serving – transfer the crumbs to an oven tray and bake until crisp
For the ice cream combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove
Slowly heat, while stirring, until the chocolate has melted
Bring mixture to a gentle boil for about 20 minutes
Transfer to a freezer container and freeze for a minimum of 2 hours, but preferably over night
Just before serving, take container out of the freezer and allow to melt a little, so that ice cream is easier to work with
Serve with the crispy cupcake crumbs and fruits of your choice


I wish you all a love like this:

"Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me."

--Sarah Bernhardt

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