For years now my friends and regular customers have been suggesting that I write a blog. I guess I haven’t put one together yet because I’ve been too busy. But that’s not the only reason. When you work with chocolate everyday, you tend to forget how much you’ve learned – and therefore how much you have to offer. So here it is: Chocola Chocola’s first blog post. Welcome!
What to expect
First off, I’d like to let you know that this blog isn’t for me – it’s for you – so feel free to throw me ideas if there’s something you’re really dying to know. When you visit our blog here’s what you can expect:
- A chocolate of the month post where we highlight one of your favourites
- Chocolate recipes (not my top-secret ones though)
- Chocolate and food pairings
- Health related posts
- Stories, movies and books based on chocolate
- Holiday stories
- Upcoming events, including event ideas
- (Insert your idea here)
I’m pretty excited about the blog. I’ve got all sorts of ideas floating around in my head – I mean, who doesn’t want to read about chocolate, right?
After dabbling in chocolates at home, I guess you could say that I found my gift. It all started with the chocolate pizza – a recipe that has since become a customer favourite. Initially, I had no intentions of opening a chocolate shop, but it became apparent not long after I began experimenting in the kitchen that this is what I was meant to do. Chocola Chocola officially opened its doors to the public in 2010 and since then it has grown. We’ve created all sorts of chocolates. Many of them we still sell, some we don’t.
At Chocola Chocola we do all of our own in-house blending. All of our chocolates are made on site, and fresh product is made daily. Feel free to stop by and try a sample. I’m always interested in what my customers think of my creations. We carry everything from chocolate covered coffee beans to truffles to chocolate covered fruit. We even make custom orders (as of right now, I have a chocolate sushi tray on-site). If you’re looking for something unique, then you’ve come to the right place. Unique is my specialty.
A chocolate recipe
To get us started off, I thought I’d post this healthy chocolate dessert recipe that I found on the blog, Une Vie Saine (One Healthy Life). This one is for all my health-conscious friends with dietary restrictions.
Yields one 9″ cake
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
16 ounces good-quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
1 stick + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest (about 1 large orange worth)
5 eggs, separated
Preheat the oven to 375*F. Thoroughly grease a 9″ cake or tart pan with butter, then dust it evenly with cocoa powder. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment or wax paper.
In a double boiler over low heat, melt together the chocolate and butter until it’s completely smooth. Stir in the salt and zest, making sure no clumps of either are left. Set the chocolate mixture aside to cool.
Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat the egg yolks together. Then separately beat the whites until soft peaks form, but don’t overdo it.
Add the yolks to the cooled chocolate mixture, and stir until they’re well incorporated. Next, fold in 1/4 of the whites at a time. Make sure no more white is visible.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, then bake for about 25 minutes, or until a test comes out just clean. Keep an eye on the oven, and don’t over-bake it!
Allow the cake to cool down until it’s just warm to the touch, then remove it from the pan and transfer it to a wire cooling rack.
Serve and enjoy!