Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Celebrating Friends/COCOA BLOCKS

I have a lot of friends. (I know....who would have thought?) But, I do! And I'm so thankful for them. AND, I love making small treats for them at Christmastime.

My bloggy friend Carmen had these wonderful bookmarks posted on her crafty blog many weeks ago. I knew the moment I saw her pictures that it was the perfect little something for my friends. So, I asked her how to make them. She must have had quite a few questions of a similar vein, as she was led to do her first video training post on this very topic! Carmen, thank you so much--it worked!! And now that I've folded 150 or so, I think I can do this blindfolded!

Daughter CJ learned to make the star boxes from one of her origami books. They make just the right opening for a deep, dark, delicious browniful cocoa block!

This is the first of several recipe posts this month. Here's how to make COCOA BLOCKS:

1/2 cup (4 oz) heavy cream
14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups (18 oz) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (chopped chocolate bars or chips)
3/4 cup (4 oz) unsweetened baking chocolate
wooden sticks, optional

Line an 8"x8" pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt. After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add a few drops of flavoring oil, if you like--hazelnut, coffee or vanilla.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level. Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Set aside overnight to slowly set up.

Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn chocolate out onto a clean cutting surface. Slice into 1-1/4" cubes. Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts. If you wish, stick a wooden stick into the center of each block.

Roll in cocoa or crushed peppermint candy, if desired. Wrap in waxed paper, parchment, or plastic wrap to store.

Take small nibbles. But, probably best, swirl the cocoa block in one cup of warm milk for a delicious hot chocolate!

Yield: about 3 dozen blocks.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour


The Patterson 5 said...

Thank you! Thank you ! for the yummy yums! It would have been yummier shared with the cook but BSF duties called! Beth was so thrilled to check the mail and find yummy treats! I secretly enjoyed the rich fudge and shared the lemon pound cake with the family after supper tonight! What a great end to a busy day! You are a dear good friend! May you be richly blessed!

Kelly Combs said...

I can attest to the YUMMINESS of the cocoa blocks. Oh my gosh! Milk, smilk - I had mine straight up. Heavenly!

But better than the chocolate was the company - great friends and the best hostess ever. She made sure every left with a full tummy and a fuller heart. Thank you.

Kelly Combs said...

...every ONE left...

KelliGirl said...

Sue J.,
I'm thankful to have you as a friend!

Oh my gosh...those cocoa blocks sound absolutely delicious and decadent! I'm going to try them.

Looking forward to what other yummies you have in store for us. :-)

Happy Thursday.
Love ya'

Carmen said...

Ooooo....those cocoa blocks sound SO good! I see you've been busy with those corner bookmarks! Thank you for the link!! Have a truly wonderful Christmas with your many good friends! It sounds like you're a very good friend by the comments above! :)

Edie said...

Oooh I'm looking forward to more recipes over here! I plan on giving more baked goodies than bought gifts this year.

I love the little origami boxes! Word girl loves origami too. I will have to look for the instructions for that. Surely I can find it online somewhere. :)

My ADHD Me said...

Of course you have lots of friends!

There aren't too many people that would go to all that trouble, invite a group of friends over to enjoy it. Have one friend that not only doesn't show but doesn't even RSVP and yet she STILL ends up with treats in her mailbox the next day. DELICIOUS treats!!

The "small" lie would have been that since my computer has been out of commission, I didn't know about it. The truth, however, is that CK not only told me about it but reminded me to RSVP.....she's responsible like that. I apologize. I did have a doctor's appointment, but I'm sorry I didn't let you know ahead of time.

You really are one of the most thoughtful people I know!.

Oh and thanks for the bookmarks. We used to make something similar in school. We called them Kootie Eaters.