Dark chocolate is chocolate without no added milk solids. The basic ingredients are cacao beans, sugar, an emulsifier like soy lecithin to preserve texture, and flavorings such as vanilla. With its bitter, slightly sweet flavor, dark chocolate can make any dessert taste more sophisticated than one with milk or semisweet chocolate. When using dark chocolate in baking, quality can really make a difference. You can cook the dark chocolate like these!
Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme
Individual desserts make serving a party so easy and they look elegant in their little ramekins. These pots de creme use two types of chocolate for a depth and richness you can’t get from one alone. Chill them in the fridge for at least a couple of hours, so they set up properly.
Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes
The only thing better than a dark chocolate cake is one with a gooey, warm center. Serve these molten lava cakes warm from the oven for a real show-stopping dessert. Top with vanilla ice cream or good whipped cream for a nice contrast. Using dark chocolate makes this recipe for molten lava cake better than any you can get in a restaurant.
This dark chocolate ganache works well in a whole range of recipes, from the coating of truffles to a topper for a vegan cake. You can also simply drizzle it over dairy-free ice cream. It only tastes as good as the chocolate you use, so buy the good stuff. Trust us, you won’t even miss the milk.
Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Mousse
The addition of Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur gives these luscious dark chocolate mousse cups a little kick. You can even make them ahead of time. When preparing the mousse, take extra care to ensure the bowl is completely clean and dry. Even a tiny drop of water will cause the chocolate to seize.
Almond Cookies With Dark Chocolate
Dipping the ends of these almond cookies in dark chocolate creates a lovely contrast between sweet almond paste and bitter cocoa. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, they boast a texture that will have you reaching for seconds. Let your ingredients come to room temperature before using for best results.
Dark Chocolate Fondue
A the chocolate-dipping party can make a fun evening activity, regardless of the decade. Use dark chocolate or a mix of semisweet and bittersweet, depending on how intense you want the flavor. For dipping, grab some strawberries, banana slices, marshmallows, pretzels, graham crackers, and small cookies—or ask your guests to bring their own dipper for a fun DIY get-together.
Spring for high-quality ingredients, especially in simple recipes that showcase their excellence. Whether you have a fancy private dinner party to top off in style or just want to end weeknight supper on a special note, these dark chocolate recipes will fit the bill.