I have a secret. I'm obsessed with chocolate. On any given day there can be upwards of 30 pounds of chocolate in our house. That doesn't include powdered chocolate, chocolate chips or chocolate decorations. You could say, I collect chocolate...collecting is better than hoarding, right? I love to experiment with different brands and varieties, local and international. I'm actually becoming a bit of a chocolate connoisseur.
Keeping the chocolate in the house during the summer has been quite a challenge because we don't have central air conditioning. You've never seen anything so absurd as watching me drag cases of Valrohna and Callebaut from room to room to make sure it's at the stored at just the right temperature. Needless to say, the drop in temperature has been quite welcome in this regard. The funny thing is that I actually use all of the chocolate we buy.
I don't know about you but the change from summer to fall generally heightens my cravings for all things rich, chocolate and buttery. Chocolate chip cookies, invented in New England, are a staple. I regularly make batches and freeze them so that we always have plenty on hand when a craving strikes. It's always great to make them with local butter and farm fresh eggs and eat the finished product with a glass of cold, refreshing milk from a New England dairy. Here's one of my favorite recipes.
Chocolate Chip Butter Pecan Cookies and Milk
227 grams or 2 sticks butter at room temperature
155 grams good bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans, sauteed in butter and brown sugar and cooled
300 grams flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
156 grams sugar
110 grams brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift dry ingredients and set aside.
Mix the butter with the sugars until fluffy. Add the sugars. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
Stir in the chocolate chips and the pecans.
Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto sheet pans lined with silicone baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes.
That's my secret. I'm snacking on a piece of Cote d'Or Noir de Noir as I write this post. But after seeing these pictures, I think I need a cookie.
What's your favorite food obsession?