Pure Chocolate: Divine Desserts and Sweets from the Creator of Fran's Chocolates

Broadway Books, 2004 - 234 pagina's

The most stylish, approachable, and mouth-watering chocolate cookbook ever, from award-winning chocolatier Fran Bigelow

In 1982, Fran Bigelow proudly opened the doors to Fran’s Chocolates, a boutique storefront styled after European chocolate salons, where she could showcase the pure flavors of the exquisite confections she had spent years perfecting. Chocolate lovers in Seattle immediately beat a path to Madison Street to taste desserts as wonderful as anything in Paris or Belgium. Over the past two decades, Fran Bigelow has grown into a world-class chocolatier, operating two elegant shops that enjoy cult status in Seattle and beyond, by way of her mail-order and Internet business.

Now, in her debut cookbook, Fran reveals the magic behind her addictive creations: how she manipulates a few ingredients—butter, cream, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, and nuts—to create sublime textures and highlight pure flavors in her elegant modern desserts. The seventy-five recipes included here range from extravagant celebration cakes and holiday specialties (White Chocolate Torte or Souffléd Chocolate Mocha Roll); to European style fruit and nut tarts (Chocolate Cherry Tart or Milk Chocolate Crème Fraîche Tart), soufflés, cheesecakes (White Chocolate Brie Cheesecake, a Fran specialty), homemade ice creams (Dark Chocolate and Ginger Bombe), and extraordinary renditions of American classics, including brownies, chocolate cookies, the ultimate hot fudge sauce, and a chocolate milkshake that will instantly transport you back to childhood.

Fran also tells you everything you need to know about chocolate, from the different styles of chocolate-making employed in Europe, South America, and the U.S. (and how each result in different flavors), to deciphering labels (which ingredients enhance meltability, for example), and how the amount of cocoa in different brands and styles of chocolate influences the final taste of a dessert. You will learn how to taste a truffle—preferably in two bites—and the language of chocolate “signs,” the squiggles atop candies. Recipes for some of Fran’s award-winning confections are also included here: chocolate cherries and nut clusters; chocolate stuffed fruits; easy cocoa-dusted truffles; and more ambitious dipped truffles featuring liqueurs, coffee, vanilla, and other chocolate-friendly ingredients; and chocolate fondue, a perfect party dessert for children and adults alike.

Whether you are a cocoa connoisseur or devotee of the cacao bean with cravings that won’t quit,Pure Chocolateis a must-have for any chocolate aficionado.


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I stopped in the shop a few weeks ago after a long absence and was horrified to learn they no longer make the cakes. Now we all need this book, so we can make them ourselves. When I have insomnia, the ... Volledige review lezen

Pure chocolate: divine desserts and sweets from the creator of Fran's chocolates

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Fran's Chocolates, based in Seattle, is known for its truffles and other chocolate confections, including her Gold Bar (which may be the best chocolate bar in the world). But when owner-confectioner ... Volledige review lezen

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amazing cookies and brownies
tortes with and without flour
elegant tarts
celebration cakes and holiday specialties
sumptuous cheesecakes puddings and custards
five beverages and a snack
truffles and other fine chocolates
building blocks

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Over de auteur (2004)

Fran Bigelow studied at the California Culinary Academy. Her chocolates are favorites in Seattle, where she runs two branches of Fran’s Chocolates, and her thriving mail-order and Internet business can be found at www.franschocolates.com. Los Angeles food writer Helene Siegel has written more than forty cookbooks, including the Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales and the best-selling Totally Cookbook series.

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