Espresso and Chocolate: A Match Made in Culinary Heaven
When you think about coffee you usually see it as a morning drink that helps awake you up and kick starts your day. Now, more than ever, coffee is also a delicious chocolate drink as well, called Espresso Chocolate.
Espresso is a blend of fine ground coffee beans and very hot water pressurized to create a syrup kind of coffee product mixed with milk and chocolate (also called Mocha Latte). This gives you the best of both beverage worlds. If you enjoy coffee and chocolate (hot or cold), then you will absolutely love espresso and chocolate.
Moreover, espresso and chocolate is also viewed as a dessert that you can serve with some of the most tantalizing chocolate dishes ever made. One delicious combination is Espresso Chocolate with Chocolate Cake. During the winter months a hot cup of mocha latte and a slice of cake will not only keep you warm, but satisfy your deepest chocolate cravings. It is especially wonderful with either some marshmallows or whipped cream on top.
Another dessert you may try is a Chocolate Espresso Torte. Similar to regular chocolate cake, this very rich, dark delicacy tastes great, especially topped with whipped cream. Made with semi sweet and unsweetened chocolate, espresso beans, brewed espresso or double strength coffee, and other standard baking ingredients blended together will produce an eight inch cake pan sized torte. One slice served with a Mint Mocha Cappucino might be too much for a non-chocoholic, but it will be a chocolate lover's paradise!
Maybe you find yourself in your work at home office. It is lunch time, and you're not very hungry. The only food you crave is a slice of Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie with a hot cup of espresso chocolate.
This rich, dark, pecan filled, fully loaded unsweetened and espresso chocolate pie is not only great as a mid day snack, but as a luscious dessert after dinner. If you and your family or friends are the serious espresso chocolate connoisseurs, you can have some equally delicious Mocha Espresso Ice Cream on top of the pie. It is also made with a combination of chocolate products (chilled brew espresso, chocolate syrup, cocoa roast almonds, and dark chocolate); also blended with whipped cream, whole milk, and white sugar.
A Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Espresso Chocolate Sauce is an interesting variation to the Sweet Potato Soufflé. It is made with instant espresso powder, bittersweet and semisweet chocolates, cocoa powder, blended with eggs, egg whites, and other baking ingredients. After baking, you will have six custard cups of tasty, bite sized espresso chocolate snacks that can be enjoyed anytime day or night.
These are just some of the wonderful and simple homemade chocolate drinks and desserts that you can make using your own best automatic espresso machine.