Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ghee Sweets

Ghee is very good for savory dishes but it can also be ideal for sweets. This past weekend for a birthday celebration we had two incredible treats, mini chocolate chip cookies and decadent flourless chocolate cake, both made with ghee...henceforth the recipes...

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies


5 tbsp ghee
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Beat together the ghee, sugar salt and baking soda in a bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add the flour and mix gently until fully integrated. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon tiny rounds (the size of a quarter) on un-greased cookie sheets, about 1" apart. Bake 6-7 minutes or until golden...watch carefully because they burn easily being so tiny. Transfer to racks and let cool...enjoy!

*the key to the true deliciousness of these babies is the teeny tiny size, so really stick to spoonfuls of batter no bigger than a quarter.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

8 oz. good bittersweet chocolate, chopped
8 tbsp ghee
1 1/2 cups raw sugar
6 large eggs
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder , plus a bit more for dusting

* Special equipment, 10" springform pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and make sure a rack is placed in the middle.
Melt chocolate with ghee in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir consistently until smooth. Remove bowl from heat and whisk in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each one. Sift cocoa powder over chocolate and whisk until just combined.
Pour batter into pan. bake until top has formed a thin crust and a wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking, 30-45 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack for about 10 minutes, then remove sides of pan. Invert cake onto a plate and then immediately re-invert onto rack to cool completely.
Dust cake with extra cocoa powder before serving...very tasty with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and berries

1 comment:

  1. Those chocolate chip cookies have become a staple in my house...We absolutely love them!

    Thanks for sharing