Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I’ve never been one to buy into the mentality of using one kitchen appliance for everything. But when it’s hot and humid, and I’m not motivated to make a dessert - I look at my slow-cooker differently than other times of year. These take half a day to cook - and they are so rich you won’t know the difference.
Yes - I can’t believe I’m posting a Martha Stewart recipe. You know how I feel about Martha. I’m sure she is a great person, but anyone would have that kind of a following if they too had a staff of hundreds to make them look really good. I think we should all give ourselves some credit and realize we’re all pretty great at keeping things organized in our homes (all by ourselves, and without a staff!)
That said, let’s give Martha some credit (and more importantly, whoever she lifted this idea from and took the credit for!)
You should know right at the start that these will totally put the kibosh any kind of diet you (or anyone else) may be trying to adhere to. But, that’s necessary once in a while - particularly for Sunday Dinner, Friday nights spent by yourself, or when you have to take something really decadent to share with a group.
This recipe uses bittersweet chocolate (which I prefer to buy in bags). No chopping into pieces - just weigh and you’re set. I purchase it at Sam’s Club. The “triple chocolate” in the title refers to bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, AND semi-sweet chocolate chips. So... if you feel the urge for chocolate, these will take care of it for you easily.
Just a few disclaimers. Yes - you DO need parchment paper. No - you CAN’T open the lid until it’s cooked the full 3-1/2 hours (doing so takes a long time to reheat and you lose the advantage of long, slow cooking) And, it’s important that you don’t overmix - it’s so tempting, but you’ll make them tough.
I can’t take more than a few bites at a time of these diet-busters. And I thought I was a true chocoholic... Keep plenty of milk on hand, and a scoop of ice cream wouldn’t hurt either.
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