The Spicy Olive's Choclate Truffles

The Spicy Olive’s Chocolate Balsamic Truffles

It’s Almost Valentines Day – Whip Up these Easy Balsamic Truffles

The Spicy Olive’s Balsamic Ganache Truffles

1/2 cup steaming hot heavy cream
1 pinch of sea salt
8 ounces best quality dark chocolate in chip form, or chopped
3 tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s dark or white balsamic – my favorite options for this are: coconut, raspberry, apricot, strawberry, maple, espresso, lavender, or traditional.

1/2 cup cocoa powder for rolling the truffles or use 6 oz. tempered (melted chocolate) for coating the truffles.

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium size heat proof bowl.

Heat the cream and salt in a heavy bottom sauce pan over low heat until it just begins to steam.  Do not allow it to simmer or boil.

Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes without stirring.  Stir the mixture gently until all the chocolate is melted.  Add the balsamic and stir to combine well.  Cool to room temperature and then place the bowl in the refrigerator, covered until the ganache has become cold and can be scooped and formed into balls.

Have a baking with a sheet of parchment ready that will fit into your fridge or freezer.

Take 1 teaspoon of cold balsamic ganache and quickly roll between your hands to form a ball.  If you spend too much time trying to get the shape just right, you’ll begin to melt the ganache and it will be a mess.

Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and then place the sheet in the fridge or freezer to firm up the truffles when you’re done rolling all of them.

Now you can roll into cocoa powder or in tempered (melted) chocolate.  However, these are best stored in single layers, separated by parchment or wax paper in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  They can be taken out and served at room temperature.

Makes approximately 30-40 truffles

Dark CHocolate Fondue

The Spicy Olive’s Chocolate Blood Orange Fondue

Recipe from Rachel Bradley Veronica Foods

Dark Chocolate Fondue with The Spicy Olive’s Blood Orange Agrumato & Aged Balsamic

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dark chocolate chips or whole bars chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs. The Spicy Olive’s Blood Orange Agrumato Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbs. Fresh Orange Zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Traditional, Dark Chocolate, Espresso, Raspberry, Cherry, etc…
  • Cookies, Fruit, marshmallows or pound cake, for serving

Directions:

Special equipment:  6-quart slow cooker

Heat a 6-quart slow cooker with insert on high until hot. Combine the chocolate, cream, milk, vanilla and salt and olive oil in the hot insert. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes, then whisk the ingredients together and set on low. Whisk in the balsamic just before serving.

Serve with cookies, fruit like strawberries, banana pieces, orange slices, marshmallows or pound cake.

Espresso Chocolate Fudge

The Spicy Olive’s Espresso Chocolate Fudge

10 oz. Heavy Cream
4 oz. The Spicy Olive’s Aged Espresso Balsamic
1 pound (about 2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 Tbs. unsalted butter cut in to small pieces
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Butter a 9×13″ baking pan and line with parchment that overhangs the sides. In a metal bowl or double boiler, add all of the ingredients except the salt. Set over a pot of gently simmering water, stirring constantly until the chocolate has completely melted. The mixture will be very thick. Pour in to the prepared pan. Allow to cool to room temperature and cut in to squares. Sprinkle a few grains of sea salt on each square.

Makes about 3 pounds of fudge.

Recipe from Rachel Bradley Veronica Foods

Flourless Chocolate Cake

The Spicy Olive’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

5 oz.quality bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup + 1 tbs. The Spicy Olive’s Blood Orange (Agrumato )Olive Oil
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
A pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Grease an 8-inch round baking pan with a teaspoon of blood orange olive oil. Line bottom with a round of parchment paper and grease the paper with remaining olive oil.
In a double boiler melt finely chopped chocolate with blood orange agrumato olive oil. Remove from heat and whisk  in the sea salt and sugar. Add eggs one at a time whisking well after each addition. Sift the cocoa powder over the chocolate and whisk until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in middle of oven for 20-23 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes and invert onto a serving plate. Drizzle cake with a small amount of blood orange agrumato or dust cake with additional cocoa powder and serve with tangerine sorbet, whipped cream, or vanilla gelato.
Serves 8-10

The Spicy Olive’s Pumpkin Bourbon Spice Bread

PUMPKIN, SPICE & BOURBON BREAD
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 cup The Spicy Olive’s Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil or other mild/medium EVOO from The Spicy Olive or Butter olive oil
1 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of bourbon
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of all spice
½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
1 ¾ cup of pureed pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans.
Preheat oven to 350degrees F.
Sift flour, with all your dry ingredients together in a bowl.
In a sauce pan heat bourbon and brown sugar together until sugar dissolves, set aside and let cool.
Beat eggs, olive oil, vanilla, sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in pumpkin puree, cooled bourbon – brown sugar syrup and nuts (if using) until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake on the center rack for 45 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

The Spicy Olive’s Cranberry Bread Pudding

PUMPKIN PEAR CRANBERRY BREAD PUDDING
8 slices cinnamon bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs, beaten
2 cups 2% milk
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup of The Spicy Olive’s Butter Infused Olive Oil
4 tablespoons of The Spicy Olive’s Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup of thinly sliced pears
¼ cup of walnuts / pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, cook Vermont Balsamic Vinegar with the brown sugar, once sugar is completely dissolved remove from heat and set aside – let cool. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Butter Infused Olive Oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nut meg, pumpkin puree and the Vinegar and brown sugar mixture.
Place bread cubes in layers in a greased baking pan (use some of the Butter Infused Oil). Pour some of the sauce you created in your mixing bowl over the bread. Add a layer of pears and cranberries then repeat with adding cubes and pour sauce onto the next bread layer. On final layer add walnuts/pecans if desired. Cover with foil and bake.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until custard is set but still a little wobbly and edges of bread have browned. Serve warm or at room temperature. – optional – top with some vanilla ice cream

The Spicy Olive’s Elderflower-Lemon Olive Oil Cake

ELDERFLOWER-LEMON OLIVE OIL CAKE
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 egg white
3 eggs
½ cup of low fat milk
3/4 cup of The Spicy Olive’s Lemon Fused Olive Oil
2 tablespoons of The Spicy Olive’s Elderflower Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup of powdered sugar – for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On medium speed, mix sugar and eggs until fluffy, gradually add Lemon Olive Oil, lemon zest, Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar, and milk. Sift flour in a separate container, add salt and baking powder and set aside. Fold wet and dry ingredients and combine. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until golden brown. Once cooled dust with powdered sugar and serve.

The Spicy Olive's Lemon Cherry Biscotti

The Spicy Olive’s Cherry and Lemon Biscotti

Recipe:
CHERRY & LEMON OLIVE OIL BISCOTTI
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup The Spicy Olive’s Lemon Infused Olive Oil
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup blanched slivered almonds
1 cup dried cherries
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, eggs, sugar, and almond extract. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cherries, almonds, and salt. Add the dry ingredients in to the wet ingredients and knead until no spots of dry flour remain. (The dough will be very stiff, and is typically best mixed by hand unless you have a very powerful mixer.)
Portion the dough into two equal parts, and then shape each in to a long rectangle approximately 1/2″ thick, by 4″ wide, by 12″ long.
Bake each sheet in the center of the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes until the log is just tuning golden brown. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and using the sharpest knife in your possession, slice the log into cookies 1″ long cookies – for approximately 12 cookies per log.
Return the cookies to the oven, cut side up to bake again until golden brown and crisp for 10-15 minutes.
The Spicy Olive's Key Lime Mango Frozen Yogurt

The Spicy Olive’s Mango Frozen Yogurt

Recipe:
CITRUS & MANGO FROZEN YOGURT
* Special equipment needed: ice cream maker
Ingredients
2 cups full fat, thick yogurt
1 1/2 cups thawed mango puree (or fruit puree of choice)
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup The Spicy Olive’s Lime Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s Key Lime White Balsamic
In a large mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until sugar completely dissolves. Churn mixture according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve right away as soft serve or transfer to an airtight container and harden in freezer for 4 to 5 hours. (Freezing in several smaller containers will greatly reduce hardening time.)

The Spicy Olive’s Balsamic and Cherry Sundae

A flavorful dessert that is easy to make. Perfect to enjoy on a sunny Sunday afternoon!