The moment you hear the word chocolate, your mouth fills up with its irresistible craving. Whether you are a true cocoa lover or a choosy in your taste of chocolate, you simply can get a hold of yourself. The shelves of supermarkets glitter up with chocolate racks. You feel like spending off all your savings getting the tastiest chocolate desserts. However, the best thing is that you can try making them at your home without much trouble. To soothe down your craving, here is a list of the 5 best chocolate desserts. However, before that let’s dive into knowing a bit of chocolate origin.
A Brief History of Chocolate
“I often call chocolate the best-known food that nobody knows anything about,”
Chocolate has a rich history. You may get images of a long bar, but it originates from beans. The beans are called “cocoa”, which means a powdered form of chocolate. This is what confuses many. It’s a known fact that chocolate comes from crushed cocoa beans which can be used for other purposes, then why does it call powdered chocolate.
When Etymologists go back to discovering the origin of chocolate, they found out the word “xocoatl,” which means a bitter drink that is brewed from cocoa beans. The beans are from out from a Latin tree and are referred to as the food of god. According to historians, chocolate has been around for more than 2000 years.
In Central and South America, there are native coca trees from where the chocolate is produced. Every manufacturer has its own recipe for preparing chocolate. However, there are two most common types, dark chocolate and milk chocolate. The research shows that dark chocolate has almost 60-80% of coca whereas the other type is mixed with milk than makes it sweet. You can find thousands of cocoa buyers in Europe and all around the world.
Let’s now dive into learning about some proven tricks and yummy recipes for preparing exotic chocolate desserts.
· Chocolate Soufflé
Soufflés are the most loved desserts and are pretty simple as well. You need to take the ramekins and grease them with butter and sprinkle sugar to prevent the chocolate from clinging. The next step is to preheat your oven. Take a bowl and place the chocolate bar with butter. Simmer the bowl into hot boiling water and stir until the chocolate melts. Add egg whites and whisk until you get peaks, separate bowl. Mix the chocolate and eggs and put them into the ramekins. Bake it and enjoy it.
· Chocolate Babka
Chocolate Babka is a renowned Jewish dessert. The babka is first stuffed and then rolled before getting baked to be consumed with various toppings. What you need to ensure is that your platonic babka should be balanced with appropriate sweetness. You need to add a light layer of chocolate and brush it with your desired chocolate syrup. You can even sprinkle lemon zest to add a bit of bitterness as it will balance out the sweetness. Moreover, to bake it set your oven to 350° or even a slightly higher. You can caramelize the exterior and interior of your baking dish for perfection.
· Oreo Cake
Are you an Oreo lover, take your love to another height with this amazing recipe? Take a packet of Oreo and separate the cream from the biscuits. Put the cream aside and crush the biscuits. Create a layer of crushed biscuits by mixing melted butter in it. In a separate bowl take heavy cream, vanilla essence, and whisked egg whites. Mix everything together until you get peaks. place the mixture on the layered biscuits and freeze it for more than 3 hours. Top it up with sprinkled cocoa powder for added taste.
· Chocolate Pudding Pie
Sweet and buttery this chocolate pudding will melt in your mouth giving you an unending pleasure. You need graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar to make the pie crust. Grease the baking pot and place the mixture in it. In another saucepan heat the milk and add brown sugar until you get a light brown like paste. Add espresso powder in with a pinch of salt. Moreover, to make the chocolate pudding you need to add whole milk, brown sugar and cornstarch and then layer it on the mixture of crust you just prepared before baking it.
· Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cups
The heavenly combination is chocolate pudding with strawberry topping. If you go for adding peanut butter with jelly this dessert can become even more incredible. To make the muffins melt the chocolate with heated butter and fill the muffin cups to refrigerate. In a separate bowl prepare the filling. Take melted chocolate and add heavy cream with powdered sugar. Fill the muffins with the mixture and refrigerate. Top it up with chopped strawberries. You can also use sliced strawberries.
All of these recipes are love. You must try them at home. You would fall for chocolate even more and would bring smiles to every face. However, do take care of following the correct proportion of every ingredient.