An oldie but a goodie! Something I did last year and wanted to repost for my new followers (Hiiii new followers and lurkers)
See below how I made this yummy dessert!
No, your eyes are not deceiving you, there is such a thing as CHOCOLATE PASTA!
I had a dessert concept in my head about making chocolate pasta a few months ago, however when I actually went online to see if this even existed to my surprise it already did. In fact some specialty stores even carry and sell chocolate pasta. This did not stop me from still trying to make it on my own. I do not own a pasta maker/machine so I did this all by hand and you can too! This was actually my second time ever making pasta from scratch. I was aiming for Pappardelle but I don’t think I rolled out my dough thin enough.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this happen:
- 1 3⁄4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon canola
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- one 70-80% cocoa chocolate bar (will melt and add to dough)
Sift and mix dry ingredients in a bowl together. Transfer dry ingredients to a work surface and make a well in the center. Add the eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Mix all together until you form a soft dough. Knead for 4-5 minutes until smooth. I then melted my chocolate in the microwave and added about 2-3 tablespoons to the dough and I continued to knead for a few more minutes. Cover dough and let rest for an hour or overnight. I let mine rest for an hour in the fridge.
After I let my dough rest I moved it to my floured work surface and started to roll the dough out. I just used my wooden rolling pin and was trying to get the dough thin enough to where if I put my fingers underneath the dough I could see them. Remember that while working with your dough if it is too moist then sprinkle a bit more flour on the dough and if it seems to dry, add water. When I felt my dough was thin enough I began to roll it into a log and began to take my knife and cut about quarter of an inch pieces. I then unrolled them and let them rest on parchment paper.
I love to take a typical savory dish and make it into a sweet dish. So decided I wanted to make a crème anglaise sauce, which consists of heating heavy cream, sugar and egg yolks.
I also took some strawberries and cut them up. I took some brown sugar and my homemade vanilla extract and used it as a glaze for the strawberries. I just let them sit in the glaze for a bit and set to the side.
I plated my chocolate noodles and drizzled the crème anglaise over them, then I placed the strawberries on top. To add a bit of crunchy to the dish and I like to mix sweet and salty I topped my dessert with some crushed salted pistachios.
I know I know. Pretty awesome right?
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