Day 7 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Chocolate Whipped Cream and Fruit

Chocolate Wipped Cream

Day Seven! Woo Hoo! A week of recipes. Some are obviously easier than others but this is one of are favorite go to munchie snacks. You can’t go wrong with flavorful whipped cream and delicious berries.

Again, you can obviously adjust the sweetness and chocolatey-ness of this but we found this was our perfect combination. Now, if you’re truly that lazy and can’t be bothered to make this, you can always enjoy some chocolate reddi wip. But trust us, this is the way to go.

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Day 1 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes 2.0

Double Chocolate Cupcakes 2.0

For the next twenty days, we’re going to do something different. Not only are we going to shoot for posting a new recipe every day, we’re going to be celebrating one of our favorite holidays 4/20.

Here in California, consuming medical marijuana is legal and by 2018 it will be legal to do so recreationally. If you don’t like smoking, that’s fine. We don’t particularly like drinking, so we’re even. As long as there is no judgements we’re all good.

The first thing you should know about these recipes is that they ARE NOT MEDICATED, SPIKED, “SPECIAL” or MAGICAL, just magically delicious. There is absolutely no Marijuana in these recipes. These are meant to be snacks to enjoy when the munchies attack.  After enjoying a nice joint of your choice of Sativa (or Indica if you’re into being couch-locked); or a nice glass (bottle for some) of wine.

Our first recipe is one that we’ve actually posted before but we absolutely love, not only because the recipe originally comes from Queen Ina Garten but because it’s the perfect chocolate cupcake. It’s not overly chocolatey, you could probably eat a couple before feeling bad about it.

And funnily enough a couple years ago, we decided to make “special” cupcakes using this recipe. We literally chopped up weed, threw it in and hoped for the best.  We totally had no idea what we were doing. We have a friend, we’ll call her *Tooty* and Tooty decided she wanted to try these cupcakes we made. She ate one, and a maybe like thirty minutes later said she didn’t feel anything and wanted to have another. So she had another, and then one more because she said there were too good not to have just one more. Well fast forward to an hour later, and poor Tooty was SO HIGH. She couldn’t stop laughing and giggling. It was actually pretty funny. Probably not our brightest moment, but it was a great memory that we all look back fondly at, right Tooty?

If you’re interested in learning to cook with marijuana make sure you do it properly. While chopping up an 1/8th does work, there is so much more science and finesse involved. Check out Viceland’s, Bong Appétit . Incredible what you can do with marijuana.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes 2.0
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Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

It’s hump day and we have the perfect recipe to get you through your hump day blues.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack.

What is salted chocolate caramel crack, you might ask? It is the most delicious blend of saltines, caramel and chocolate. It’s the perfect sweet and salty snack. One thing we love here is eating salty crackers with chocolate, ever had Goldfish with Raisinettes..if not, get on that.

Once you start eating this “crack” you literally can’t stop. It’s addictive. It’s honestly kind of dangerous.

There are hundreds of recipes for this, but this is our take after we were inspired by watching the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Sticks of Salted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Sleeve Saltines
  • 2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkle of Fleur De Sel
  • Baking Spray

Step 1: 

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Step 2: 

Combine the two sticks of butter and the brown sugar in a medium sauce pan. Melt over medium-low heat. Once the mixture is melted, cook for five minutes. The mixture should be thick and bubbly.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Step 3: 

While the mixture is melting/cooking, line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray. Lay the saltines down on the foil.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Step 4: 

When the butter and brown sugar has bubbled and melded together take off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the saltines and carefully spread over the crackers.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Step 5: 

Stick the saltines in the oven and cook for 5 minutes. The mixture will be very bubbly and look amazing.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Step 6: 

When the buzzer goes off, remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate over the caramel. Stick in the oven for 30 seconds to help melt the chocolate. Carefully spread the chocolate and allow to cool.

You can sprinkle a little Fleur De Sel on the melted chocolate for that extra salty bite!

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Step 7: 

Break up the “crack” and and enjoy!

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Salted Chocolate Caramel Crack

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana bread is considered a quick bread, meaning that it forced to rise, opposed to naturally rising yeast breads.

Baking powder was invented in the mid 1800’s in England by a chemist, Alfred Bird, who was trying to find an alternative for his wife who was allergic to yeast and eggs.

Anyways, fast forward a little bit to 1933, after the “rise” (haha) of baking powder, one of the first known banana bread recipes appeared in a Pillsbury cook book called Balanced Recipes. After this publication, banana bread took off and included many variations, from raisins, nuts, chocolate or even bacon if you’re feeling a little non-traditional today.

Our recipe includes walnuts for a crunch and added bonus of chocolate chips. Enjoy and stay tuned for future variations of banana bread! 🙂

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients 

  • 1 Stick of Salted Butter (1/2 Cup)
  • 1 Cup Bakers Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
  • 3 Ripe Bananas (1 Cup/Mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Flour (Sifted)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Walnuts (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Pam

Step 1: 

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9-inch loaf pan with Pam.

Step 2: 

In a small saute pan, toast your walnuts for three minutes of a low temperature. Set aside.

Step 3: 

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream together your butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.

Step 4: 

Next add the salt, eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, and baking soda. Mix together.

Step 5: 

Fold in the flour and then mix in the walnuts and chocolate. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.

Step 6: 

Place loaf pan in oven and cook for about an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in a pan for ten minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Happy Soufflé Sunday!

One dish we think every one wants to be able to master at least once, is a classic chocolate soufflé. And we have a recipe for you. It’s originally from Bon Appetit and it’s not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. We managed to make it on the first try, and anyone who’s even attempted cooking knows how rare that is.

If we can do it, so can you!

Classic Chocolate Soufflés 

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Makes 6 Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces good quality dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large egg yolks (room temperature)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 6 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Melted Butter
  • Sugar for coating

**If preparing and then cooking, look at Step 7 first.

Step 1: 

Using the melted butter, butter your soufflé dishes using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sugar (not the two tablespoons) and coat the dishes completely. Arrange the dishes on a sheet pan.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Step 2: 

Combine chocolate and cream in a double boiler, make sure the water is barely simmering and continue to stir the chocolate and cream until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Step 3: 

Transfer to a heat proof bowl, and stir in the egg yolks and salt. Stir until smooth and the yolks and salt are fully incorporated.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Step 4: 

Either using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment beat the egg whites until you have soft peaks.

Once you have soft peaks, slowly add in your 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue to beat until you have semi firm peaks.

Just from experience, you have to just watch and don’t leave your egg whites unattended, it’s so easy to over whip your eggs.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Step 5: 

Using a rubber spatula fold 1/4 of the mixture of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture. Once the egg whites and chocolate or mixed, add the remaining egg whites in two batches. Fold until fully incorporated.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Step 6: 

Carefully, divide the chocolate mixture among your prepared dishes. These can be made up to 2 days in advance. Refrigerate until cold, and then cover.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

If you’re making them the same day, you can leave them out at room temperature.

Step 7: 

Make sure your oven racks are positioned in the center of your oven. Then preheat your oven to 400°F. Place prepared soufflés in the oven on a baking sheet.

If soufflés are at room temperature bake for about 16 minutes or until the tops are “puffed and firm”.

If soufflés are refrigerated bake for about 18 minutes or until the tops are “puffed and firm”.

Step 8: 

Serve immediately with fresh cream or ice cream.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

This soufflé is Peaches approved.

Classic Chocolate Soufflés

Black Magic Brownies

These brownies will change your life, we’re not kidding. They’re so moist and chocolatey, and not overly sweet. When we make brownies we want to showcase the chocolate wonderfulness, so we use dark chocolate and coffee to highlight the chocolate flavor!

You can’t go wrong with these brownies, I mean, that’s why we call them MAGIC brownies. 😉

Black Magic Brownies


Ingredients 

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1.5 oz dark chocolate powder
  • 1 oz milk chocolate powder
  • 3 tbs of espresso (if powder, prepare as instructed on container and then add 3tbs it or brewed)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp. kosher or fine salt

Step 1: 

Heat oven to 325°. Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with butter or baking Pam.

Step 2: 

Melt butter, then in a bowl, mix in chocolate and espresso. Stir until combined.

Step 3: 

Add sugars (brown and white), then add the eggs and vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon until batter is smooth.

Step 4: 

With a rubber spatula, scrape batter into greased baked pan. Tap the pan on a hard surface a few times to release all the air bubbles. Doing this will create a smoother end result.

Step 5: 

Bake for 33-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. But some crumbs are okay!

Black Magic Brownies

Darkside Cookies

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Yup, thats right. These are the cookies that the Darkside has been promising if you join them.

Darkside Cookies


Darkside Cookies

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, salted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cup of AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Darkside Cookies

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350° and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use Pam underneath the parchment paper to keep it from moving.

Step 2:

Cream together the butter and sugar in a mixer.

Darkside Cookies

Darkside Cookies

Step 3:

Add eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla.

Darkside Cookies

Darkside Cookies

Step 4:

Mix together flour, baking powder, cocoa and espresso powder.

Step 5:

After that start putting in the flour/cocoa mixture in batches until fully mixed.

Darkside Cookies

Darkside Cookies

Step 6:

Mix or fold in the chocolate chips and chunks. Taste dough, because that’s what making cookies is all about!

Step 7:

Use an ice cream scoop to get uniform cookies. (Spray the scoop with Pam first so the dough doesn’t get stuck.)

Darkside Cookies

Darkside Cookies

Step 8:

Bake cookies for 10-14 minutes. We suggest to under bake them a little so they stay wonderfully chewy, so start at 10 minutes and decide from there.

Darkside Cookies

ENJOY