Dark Chocolate Sorbet

In the winter, I love making myself a thick dark hot chocolate with a nice foam on top. There is something incomparable to being nested in a thick blanket with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. However, when it’s 35C outside, the last thing you want to do is bundle up. Well, this is the summer version of my hot chocolate, and it’s amazing!

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Because of the alcohol, the texture is soft and light. Rum is a great choice for this recipe as the rich taste makes a superb combination with the dark chocolate. I used a raw cocoa powder because I wanted an intense chocolate taste: it worked! No matter what type of cocoa powder you use, make sure it is unsweetened and high quality as your ice cream will only be as good as your chocolate. I also found vegan dark chocolate chips. Don’t doubt that I was dancing in the grocery store when I found this!

Here is what you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (make sure they are vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup rum or cognac (this is optional and can be replaced with a strongly brewed coffee. Keep in mind that the alcohol will help make the sorbet more scoopable. You can use any strong alcohol you like.)

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large sauce pan, place 1 1/2 cups of water with the sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Set on medium heat and whisk until the liquid comes to a boil. Don’t put on high heat as you don’t want the cocoa to burn. Once boiling, remove from the heat.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until completely melted.
  3. Add the remaining cup of water, vanilla extract, and alcohol. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Place in a container in your fridge until completely chilled.
  5. Place your liquid in your ice cream maker, and churn according to your machine’s instructions for about 30 minutes or until thick. Chill in an air-tight container for a few more hours until completely frozen. Enjoy!

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If you like chocolate, you must try this out! Let me know if you do!

Vegan Chocolate Tiramisu

I have to admit, I only had tiramisu once before going vegan. For some reason, however, I was craving the smooth layers of chocolate cake and cream. So I made some chocolate cake, thick vegan cream, a rum-chocolate dipping liquid, and here you go!

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Here is what you need for the cake:

  • 120g gluten free flour
  • 60g almond flour
  • 50g oil
  • 250g almond milk
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the oil, milk and vanilla extract, and mix until smooth.
  4. Use a lined cake mold, and bake the cake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick put in the center comes out clean.
  5. Set aside.

For the cream, I used my coconut cream recipe, but skipped the Chai spices.

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For the rum-chocolate syrup, mix 1/8 to 1/4 cup of rum with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1 tsp of maple syrup. This is completely optional, but it adds a ton of flavour. You could also use a little bit of chocolate milk.

To assemble: 

  • Add one teaspoon of syrup at the bottom of your jar or container.
  • Place a layer of chocolate cake, add a little bit of syrup, and cover with some cream. Repeat until your container is full and finish with a layer of cream.
  • Sprinkle a little bit cocoa powder on top and serve!

This dessert is best eaten fresh because if you put it in the fridge overnight, it will be thicker and less creamy. Still, this is great! It is full of chocolate flavour!

Let me know what you think, and if you try it out!

 

Easy Plantain Dessert

Plantains are one of my favourite ingredients to cook with because they are equality great with savory and sweet recipes. Talk about versatility!

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This week, I was really craving them, and I love fried plantain. However, since my mom has raised me to be completely terrified of  deep-frying things, I tried baking them: success!

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The coconut-plantain combination in this recipe is fairly obvious, but so yummy!

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Here is what you need:

  • 4 yellow plantains (1 per person)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil/ plantain

For the coconut sauce:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp rum (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Cut the two extremities of the plantains and slice the skin open to remove it.
  2. Slice each plantain diagonally, or straight down depending on your preference. You want them to be about 7mm-10mm thick. Place your slices in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and pour over the plantains and mix until all the pieces are well coated.
  4. Place the plantains in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Slide in the oven set at 350F. Let cook for 15 minutes. Flip over and cook again for 15 minutes. If you want, you can set the oven on ‘broil’ for the last 5 minutes to have a nicely caramelized top. Yum!
  5. For the sauce, mix the coconut milk with the corn starch and put in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until it starts to thicken up. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  6. Serve the plantain slices with the warm sauce on top.

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This is so easy to make and so delicious! All the flavours complement each other nicely and make for a very yummy dessert. I really like how you can caramelize the top of the slices for maximum flavour! So simple, and way less scary then deep-frying them!

Let me know if you try this out and what your favourite plantain recipe is!