Now if you are anything like me you adore chocolate, wait no you love the stuff!
Earlier this week I decided to create some new recipes to take to our friends Thanksgiving meal.
My goal was to make them my guinea pigs for my food including this decadent Chocolate Cheesecake Torte just to get their reactions to my food.- Nicola
Hey Fans, it’s Mr.CBB here and do you know what? I love chocolate and if you haven’t noticed by now you will soon learn how important this sweet treat is to me.
Chocolate is a feel good food for most people and that’s why we crave it and want it when we are feeling up and down emotionally.
Chocolate is a way to say I love you for special occasions and is also perfect when eaten all by yourself in a corner indulging in one of the worlds most beautiful sweet.
Although Nicola chose to use a Tenderflake pie crust in this recipe because it was a quick pie crust to use instead of making homemade I prefer to make my own pie crust.
If you would like to make a homemade pie crust you can find my own recipe in my Toasted Coconut Custard Tarts recipe where I share a flaky pie crust just for you.
Since the before the Aztecs, chocolates’ popularity and taste has changed over the centuries from a bitter drink into a much sweeter conveniently packed solid.
It was the discovery by the early European invaders that shipped back the cacao bean and started to alter the product and the way it was processed into what we know today.
From those early days of many of the famous chocolate companies that still exist today were the pioneers then.
The addition of sugar, the addition of milk and the industrial revolution led to what you know and love, especially the wife.
There’s been mixed views on chocolate over the years, I specifically remember in the 1980’s that chocolate was the mythological cause of teenagers acne.
It’s been the scourge of many a woman’s diet and their best friend at the same time.
Since then, chocolate is now regarded as been an anti-oxidant. As with anything in life, it’s all in moderation.
How to make chocolate
Not only is the majority of cocoa beans grown in Africa but it is part processed there before it even gets anywhere near the manufacturing process.
Basically the pods are harvested from a tree and fermented for a number of days and then shipped for final processing in a factory.
The final processing steps are cleaning and roasting followed by separation of the cacao bean. Blending the chocolate.
A process called Conching and then Tempering. Each manufacturer will have variations of blends and final processing to make their product their own.
I was going to say that you can’t process chocolate in the comfort of your own home but apparently you can make chocolate but there is a slight draw back with this plan, you’ll need some pretty heavy-duty equipment including a tempering machine at a rough cost of $300 – $400.
Some how that $2.50 bar at the store seems so much easier.
Types of chocolate
My girl is a bit of a milk chocolate fan, she used to love Cadbury’s only but has since expanded her taste but only in the world of milk chocolate. I on the other hand prefer the darker slightly bitter chocolate ranging in the 70% cacao category.
Children tend to like the milk chocolate and the white chocolate the most, more than likely due to the sweetness. But people’s’ taste changes as they get older. It’s always worth experimenting and buying something you haven’t tried.
(and no, we’re not talking about Errol Brown).
If you want convenience you can easily buy the instant hot chocolate with marshmallow floaters. Again, there are variations in taste and quality and both will dictate price. No name isn’t going to give you that connoisseur experience so I’d probably follow a recipe and make it from scratch.
You can range from a cheaper easier version like this hot chocolate recipe to a more sensual blend of better ingredients like this over the top hot chocolate creation. As the first recipe suggests, it’s a great kids drink, while the other is something you might want to treat yourself to or that special someone. Snuggle up and enjoy it.
Somewhat of an oddball in the world of chocolate as white chocolate doesn’t actually contain any cocoa solids derived from the chocolate liquor (part of the processing) but does contain cocoa butter. Blended similarly with vanilla, sugar and milk this pale cousin is very delicate.
I tend to find white chocolate is used more in children’s confectionary and cookies, etc. Mrs CBB doesn’t much like it either. It’s just not got the same taste as the original brown stuff.
- 1 packet or 200g Chocolate graham /Oreo crumbs
- 1 Tub (250g) Chocolate Philly cheese
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar/powdered sugar
- 1 Tender-flake pie crust
- 70g semi sweet chocolate
- 2 capfuls of Rum
- Strawberries for decoration
- So before we start I am going to give you a great tip for mixing the cheese. Take it out at least ½ hour before you need it. This way it's at room temperature and a lot easier to handle.
- You will need to put your pie case on to cook in the oven next. Prick it all over before putting it in so it doesn't rise in the oven.
- Next, mix up your Philly cheese, Cookie crumbs, Icing sugar and Rum. It should come together and have a cream like texture and really thick.
- Your pie case should be ready to take out of the oven. Let it cool before putting in the chocolate mixture. This will take about 15 minutes.
- Now comes the finger licking part.
- Empty out all of the chocolate mixture into the pie case and spread evenly.
- My kids love when I bake and are never more than a short distance away to be called upon to lick the spoon.
- May I add that my husband isn't far behind especially when I am using condensed milk. He will always be there ready to scrape the tin clean.
- I always use my microwave to melt my chocolate. I know some of you traditionalists will use a double boiler (a bowl on-top of a saucepan), but I find this method quicker with the same results.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave for 45 secs. I have found if you heat in short bursts like this it will melt more evenly.
- Once it has all melted pour on-top of your pie, spreading so it covers the whole pie.
- Now for the decoration. I had strawberries at hand but really any fruit or even a dusting of chopped walnuts, pecans would suffice for this elegant pie.
- Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
This was a great hit at the Thanksgiving dinner and everybody raved about it. It was an indulgence but not overly sweet and hit the chocolate spot.
So enjoy making this simple chocolate cheesecake torte for your family as I am sure it will be a great success and it may even get you invited to a few more dinner parties.
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