Shortly after announcing my own giveaway here a couple of weeks ago, I found out that I won one myself–I couldn’t believe it. Have a look at Tastespotting’s Scharffen Berger Chocoholic Overdose Giveaway which took place in December. See all that chocolate? I won it all!
True to chocoholic form, I couldn’t wait to try on the (super soft, very comfortable) apron and tear into one of the chocolate bars as I leafed through the cookbook. What could be better? The timing was perfect, too, since I promised one of my aunts that I would bake some treats for her milestone birthday party this past weekend. And while I have bookmarked several recipes to try in the cookbook I won, I opted to use a recipe that I’m very familiar with (time was a factor), one that is truly overdose inducing (in a good way!) and lets the chocolate shine, especially if you use a high-quality product. And I certainly had that.
I used a recipe from Clotilde (of Chocolate and Zucchini fame). Before I had any aspirations of being a blogger myself, I spent my time bookmarking and trying out recipes that my blogging pioneers swore by. These little bites fast became a favorite with my family and friends, as did the chocolate cake which serves as the base for them. The recipe is very simple: Chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs and only 1 tablespoon of flour, producing a little petit four that is rich, moist, chewy, and sinfully good. The foundation of these little cakes is called “Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chocolate Cake” and it’s true. There’s nothing here that will get in the way of your chocolate enjoyment. And can you tell from my pictures what takes them over the top?
Yep, cayenne pepper. The pepper heightens the chocolate flavor while adding a subtle spicy note at the same time. Unsuspecting tasters will not even guess the powdered cayenne pepper is there. Even you, though in on the secret, might just detect the taste of pepper but your taste buds will never quite be able to pin them down. They will tease taste buds just enough to want everyone reaching for more.
Many thanks to Tastespotting and to Scharffen Berger for this wonderful giveaway! I’ve got chocolate recipes all piled up and I can’t wait to share them here!
Chocolate and Zucchini’s Chocolate Chili Bites
- I used Scharffen Berger 70% Dark Chocolate. You can also use semi-sweet but the flavors will be a bit more subtle. If you do use the sweeter chocolate, I recommend using 1/4 cup less sugar than called for in the recipe.
- I used a mini muffin tray. These little bites are delicate and will stick easily so be sure to use butter or cooking spray to prevent this.
- I recommend making these a day ahead of time. The flavor really develops overnight. In fact, I think they’re better a day or two later (if they last that long). I actually prefer them cold, right out of the refrigerator.
- The recipe calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper but I use 2 teaspoons. It all depends on the type of pepper you use but for mine, 2 teaspoons lets you know the pepper is there without making it too hot for heat-averse taste buds. These are kid-safe.
- The recipe also says that one batch yields about 72 bites but I’ve never been able to get more than 48. I use a 1-tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out the batter and manage to fill two 24-capacity mini muffin trays.