Time for a pizza party!
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Quick post tonight: thought you might like to see the results of my latest [food] experiment, pane al cioccolato II.
Tiramisu is my mom’s favourite dessert. It also happens to be a dessert that I am very afraid of making (or used to be, anyway). This is because one of the first things I’ve ever made was tiramisu, but back then I substituted cottage cheese [unstrained, genius that I am] for mascarpone (!), left out a couple of eggs here and there (!!), did not know how to properly dip ladyfingers in coffee (!!!), and substituted hot chocolate powder for cocoa powder (!!!!). That tiramisu was a gooey disaster that refused to set.
A most impressive and addictive semisweet chocolate bread.
I first read about pane al cioccolato on Jude’s blog, Apple Pie, Patis, and Pâté and immediately wanted to make it. To the horror of some of my friends, I don’t like chocolate in my cake or in ice cream (vanilla, please!) but in bread? Bookmarked, oh yeah.
Pane al cioccolato would be a perfect way to celebrate the birthday of one of my friends who loves fancy things with chocolate. The problem was, the recipe called for a starter at 50% hydration but I don’t have a starter. Now that I’ve been trying to get my experiments to work in the lab, I barely have time to take care of my plants, much less think about capturing and tending to a starter. (I also bake in sporadic bursts – probably not regularly enough to plan ahead and use a starter, and would feel bad if I confined it to a corner in the refrigerator for extended periods of time.) So what do I do?