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Author: Editors of Southern Living Magazine
ISBN: 0848733010
Language: English
Pages: 112 pages
Category: Desserts
Publisher: Oxmoor House (October 13, 2009)
Rating: 4.8
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Satisfy all of your chocolate cravings with this mouthwatering collection of the best-of- the-best recipes from the chocolate experts at Southern Living magazine. Our food staff chose these recipes from thousands of chocolate recipes that we've published over the years. Take your pick from a tempting variety: extravagant chocolate cakes, chocolate bars that take only 10 minutes to make, ooey-gooey candies, and more.
Comments (3)
Many different recipes that are just waiting to be made. Good recipes and easy to make. Have to be careful or will make all at once.
I wish I had examined this cookbook before buying it. Although I like the Cake Doctor Series (including The Cake Mix Doctor and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor), I prefer cookbooks with recipes that don't rely heavily on premade ingredients (such as cookie mix, jarred caramel topping and prebaked mini-brownies). After all, if I want to substitute a packaged pie crust for a homemade one, I can do it regardless of what a pie recipe suggests.

If you're looking for a book with shortcuts, you may be interested in this one. I liked that more than half of the recipes (32 out of 62) were accompanied by a full-page color photo of the finished product. I also liked that the authors indicated which brands they used for many recipes to help readers get the same good results. For instance, Haagen-Dazs Light Dutch Chocolate ice cream, Haagen-Dazs Light Coffee ice cream and Keebler Chocolate Ready Crust were suggested for the Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie.

The chapter entitled "Chocolate Fantasies" includes recipes for:
*Double-Nut Drenched Chocolate Cake
*Chocolate Decadence (a nearly flourless cake)
*Perfect Chocolate Cake
*Chocolate Velvet Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting
*X-treme Chocolate Double Nut Caramel Ladyfinger Torte
*Chocolate Cake IV (with four different types of chocolate)
*Fudgy Pistachio Bundt Cake
*Triple Chocolate Cake
*Double Chocolate Bombe
*Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake
*Double Chocolate Cheesecake
*Molten Chocolate Cakes
*Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie
*Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie
*Sweetheart Fudge Pie
*Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Brandy Sauce

The next chapter, Everyday Indulgences, includes recipes for:
*Chocolate Candy Cupcakes
*Mississippi Mud Cake
*Texas Sheet Cake
*Chocolate-Praline Pecan Cake
*Chocolate Velvet "Pound" Cake
*Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Mint Frosting
*Fudge Spoon Pie
*No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
*Mildred's Toffee
*Mocha Ice Cream
*Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream
*Chocolate Chubbies (candy-like cookies)
*Goey Turtle Bars
*Double Chocolate Espresso Brownies
*Heavenly Chocolate Chunk Cookies
*Toffee Cookie Bites
*Chocolate Cookie Pudding

The next chapter, Jump-Start Jewels, includes recipes for:
*Peanut Butter-Brownie Trifle
*German Chocolate Cake
*Mocha Brownie Cake
*Chocolate Éclair Cake
*Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake
*Chocolate-Cranberry Roulade
*Caramel-Chocolate Tartlets
*Brownie Freezer Souffles
*Double-Chocolate Cookies
*Roasted-Pecan Clusters
*Banana-Split Brownies
*Chocolate Crescents

The final chapter, Chocolate for Giving, features the following recipes:
*Chocolate-Caramel-Nut Surprise Cake
*Triple-Chocolate Coffee Cake
*Chocolate-Raspberry Petits Fours
*Double-Chip Oatmeal Cookies
*Mocha-Chocolate Shortbread
*No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
*Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
*Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
*Chocolate Fudge Brownies
*Congo Bars
*Crispy Chocolate Hearts
*White Chocolate Party Mix
*Chocolate Cordial Cherries
*Strawberry Fudge Bars
*Five Pounds of Chocolate Fudge
*Texas Millionaires
*Cocoa Mix

I would have preferred that recipes were divided into chapters on pies and cakes, bars and cookies, candies, etc. There is no clear logic regarding how a recipe ends up in one chapter versus another. For instance, the Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream in the Everyday Indulgences chapter consists of packaged sandwich cookies, ice cream, and frozen whipped topping - so it could have just as easily been assigned to the Jump-Start Jewels chapter. And the Roasted-Pecan Clusters which are included in the Jump Start Jewels chapter have no pre-packaged ingredients!

The book includes a brief (three page) introduction to chocolate which includes tips for matching chocolate with wine. For a more comprehensive guide to chocolate and many from-scratch recipes for chocolate goodies, I highly recommend Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate. Other favorite chocolate cookbooks include I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas and A Year in Chocolate: Four Seasons of Unforgettable Desserts.
Okay, first of all how can you go wrong with chocolate desserts with great pictures for a penny? Honestly, I bought the book mainly for the cover recipe brownies that just look amazing, but they don't call it a brownie! Once I received the book - SURPRISE!!! It was full of photos of equal quality throughout. The pictures in this book are like a playboy centerfold quality, but kept 100% clean for a cooking magazines - it's food. Each photo is a beautiful masterpiece of sinful chocolate delight. Yes, there are many,many other recipes that look as decadent, or better that these front cover - Mississippi Mud Cakes!

Yes, there are little over a dozen recipes that use pre-packaged components like box cake, but the majority of recipes are all from scratch - completely. The Jump-Start Jewel section of the book is designed for quick and easy recipes so it use pre-packaged components with some made-from-scratch additions. I would estimate that over 40 recipes are made from scratch including the front cover recipe.

With all that free promotional enthusiasm above, let's get down to what the first recipe we tried was like... While I am anxious to make Mississippi Mud Cakes, the family chose another recipe to try today since we had cream cheese on hand, and the kids love cheesecake. We sampled the fruit of our labor this evening, it was the Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake. Well, it was worth all the made-from-scratch effort! In a 9" spring form pan it stood about 2.25" thick with 1/2 chocolate pecan brownie bottom while being a bit thicker around the edges. Everything in this recipe was made from scratch - the brownie pecan bottom, the cheesecake center, and the chocolate glaze topping. It came out extremely good for our first pass. We let it cook about 15 minutes longer as it seemed a bit soft at the suggested 1 hour mark. The final result was near perfection - it was not over cooked, flavorful with a nice brownie crust. It did have very minor cracking on top which the glaze covered without an issue. It was very moist and light cheesecake, but also very rich in flavor and decadence.

Our boys thought it was a cheesecake factory quality recipe, and everyone devoured it. Certainly would make this one again, but I might cut back the sugar just a bit, and use a little less fudge on top.

I will update this review again once I bake the front cover recipe, if I'm not tempted to try something else first :) This book is pure eye-candy for the sweet-aholic! Buy it, I don't think you will be disappointed.