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Marcia's picture

A friend with a wry sense of humor, as well as knowledge that I have no love of baking, sent me to www.ChocolatesElRey.com. If anyone needs twenty pounds or so of chocolate, it's a good place to go. LOL.

There's also a brownie recipe and someone was asking about that. Hope the web address works.

MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #1 of 78)

I bought an 11 pound box of chocolate disks the last time someone mentioned what a good deal they had found.  I think I have 10 pounds left, LOL.



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leonap's picture

(post #65231, reply #2 of 78)

Oh shux, I was just thinking I bet MadMom is ready for some more chocolate! lol.

MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #3 of 78)

No thank you, kind lady.  I think I'll pass this time.  I just hope I can make a dent in it come Christmas time.  Will make the famous peppermint bark for my DSIL and some of Tracy's toffee, but the whole mess will probably only use a couple of pounds.  What was I thinking?



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Jillsifer's picture

(post #65231, reply #5 of 78)

What was I thinking?


Oh, come on. Clearly, you were thinking about survival! You act like this mythical notion of "too much chocolate" has credibility or something.


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kathymcmo's picture

(post #65231, reply #6 of 78)

You might be on to something with chocolate stores as a hedge against tough times. Chocolate is the new gold?

Jillsifer's picture

(post #65231, reply #7 of 78)

Chocolate is the new gold?


And the old gold, and the gold that is yet to be . . . kind of a Platonic ideal of "gold-ness." ;-)


'Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world.



Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #9 of 78)

Too much chocolate?  NEVER!  That is heresy.  Although Howard Hughes did prove that it was possible to be too thin and too rich...



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nexus's picture

(post #65231, reply #13 of 78)

My cupboards and pantry both tell me that I personally believe that you can't have too much good chocolate. So do my friends.


Cheryl


Edited 10/21/2009 11:11 pm ET by nexus

FL.Cook's picture

(post #65231, reply #50 of 78)

These sound so good, and the picture looked even better. I can't seem to fine the Feves, but when I do I will make them! You could use your disks.

Leite’s Consummate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from David Leite via The New York Times
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content
Sea salt

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and try to incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. [Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.]

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Carole
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MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #51 of 78)

Would you chip the discs into more manageable size pieces?  I read the recipe several times and couldn't find that, but it seems logical.



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FL.Cook's picture

(post #65231, reply #53 of 78)

The picture looked like they were whole. Let me try and find the recipe and I'll send you the page, as the cookies looked sooo good.

Carole

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FL.Cook's picture

(post #65231, reply #54 of 78)

Here is the website. I tried WF, but they didn't have them, and it costs as much to ship them online as they cost in the first place. I suppose I could just break off pieces of Chocolate!

http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/11/leites-connusmate-chocolate-chip-cookie/

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MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #55 of 78)

Read the website, salivated over the pictures, and have printed out the recipe.  My grandsons would absolutely go crazy over these!



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suz's picture

(post #65231, reply #56 of 78)

I made these cookies when they were first posted in the NY Times.  My nephews were visiting and I would bake a batch that they would eat still warm from the oven...needless to say they think their Aunt is the 'best'.  I am fortunate to live in NYC and there is a Jaques Torres store around the corner.  I was able to buy the discs of chocolate.    If your grandsons like chocolate chip cookies they will love these and if at all possible love you even more. 

FL.Cook's picture

(post #65231, reply #57 of 78)

Let me know how you like them and if it's worth it to track the Chocolate pieces down!

Carole

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suz's picture

(post #65231, reply #58 of 78)

The cookies are worth it!

MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #66 of 78)

I have finally made the cookie dough.  Was thinking of making them earlier, but then I read that the dough needs to be refrigerated at least 24 hours, up to 72 hours.  So, I decided to bake them for Halloween treats for the boys.  We have a huge bag of pinata candy, you know, really lousy stuff, that we have to get rid of, and I refuse to foist that on my grandchildren.  Thought Halloween might be a good time to get rid of it, but if we have as many visitors as we had last year (grandchildren only) doubt if it will work.  Think I could talk anyone into taking the entire bag?


At any rate, have made the cookie dough, which actually did make sort of a dent in my 11 lbs of chocolates.  Tasted some of the dough, and it was fantastic.  (I know, you're not supposed to eat raw cookie dough, but I always have and probably will continue to do so!)  If the baked cookies are half as good as the raw dough, this will be a winner!




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suz's picture

(post #65231, reply #67 of 78)

Can't wait to hear your grandchildrens review...do you think there are as many calories in the uncooked dough?!

MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #68 of 78)

Absolutely no calories in uncooked dough.  Just like samples at Sam's or Costco; they take out all the calories.  At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!



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suz's picture

(post #65231, reply #71 of 78)

I agree with you and I'm sticking to it!

Canuck's picture

(post #65231, reply #72 of 78)

Stephen King writes about snacking in Entertainment Weekly and he says that if you tap the food, the calories sink to the bottom. If you leave the very bottom, you're okay. So sounds like the two of you are on to something.

MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #73 of 78)

Hmmm...never looked at it that way, but my friend Stephen King might have found just the solution.  Wonder if it works with potato chips?



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Canuck's picture

(post #65231, reply #74 of 78)

Apparently it works with all snack foods. Just keep tapping.


Edited 10/30/2009 5:22 am ET by Canuck

StevenHB's picture

(post #65231, reply #76 of 78)

do you think there are as many calories in the uncooked dough?!


I recently read Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, which, among other things, makes the point that cooked food is easier to digest than uncooked food.  Studies have been done which show that people absorb more nutrients and calories from cooked food than uncooked.  So, you could make the argument that uncooked dough has fewer calories than cooked dough; though, the author didn't investigate this particular situation.


All that said, the book itself is fascinating and highly recommended.



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MadMom's picture

(post #65231, reply #77 of 78)

More support for my story, right?



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suz's picture

(post #65231, reply #78 of 78)

Very interesting.  Truth said in jest.

FL.Cook's picture

(post #65231, reply #69 of 78)

I went to WF here in Sarasota, and they had the disks, but only milk chocolate and dark chocolate; will the dark choc. work?

Carole

Carole
suz's picture

(post #65231, reply #70 of 78)

I believe either will work depending on your taste.

Marcia's picture

(post #65231, reply #4 of 78)

I was thinking about RuthWells or Tracy, both of whom bake in large quantities. There must be others, too, but I can't remember.

Gosh, what WERE you thinking? You were planning to do a lot of baking, of course. <G>

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(post #65231, reply #8 of 78)

I order all of my chocolate from El Rey -- they are fantastic when it comes to customer service, and give me a very nice discount for ordering in bulk! : ) Plus, of course, it's an excellent product.

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