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Thursday, February 01, 2007

A Month To Celebrate Chocolate

Has anyone ever made an official declaration that the month of February should be heralded as "Chocolate Month"? If not, I am here by dedicating myself to spreading the news....dipped in chocolate of course....that from this day forth, February will be called (at least on THIS blog), "The Official, World Wide, Month Of Chocolate". Now then, feel free to celebrate this delectable month in any way you choose. Dipped, sprinkled, sugared, syruped, carameled, strawberried, iced, pecaned, macadamiaed, pretzeled, graham crackered, hot, cold, liquid, dark, light, IN the dark...YOU decide. It is YOUR month my fellow chocolate lovers. Stand up and be counted! It is your sworn duty (Okay, so pretend I swore you in & it is all official like) to consume mass quantities of chocolate. After all, it IS for the betterment of society and mankind as a whole. Okay, so it is really just an excuse for me to satisfy my sweet tooth but hey....I am thinking about all of YOU too! Really I am...okay, stop rolling you eyes...I can SEE you...
"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!"
~Lucy Van Pelt
A month of chocolate recipes and ideas...and so it begins...
~Chocolate French Toast ~ Here is a yummy, decadent French toast for a special occasion like Valentine's Day. If you're making this as part of a breakfast or brunch along with other dishes, you can keep the French toast warm in an oven set at 200°F while the rest of the meal is prepared. For a heart-healthier version, use 2% milk instead of cream and egg substitute in place of the eggs.
Total Time: 25 minutes.
1 cup heavy cream
2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 loaf of egg, white, or brioche bread,
in 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling
1. Place the cream and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the chocolate is soft, about 1 minute. Stir to combine. Let cool.
2. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, vanilla and chocolate mixture. (The mixture may be made ahead to this point. Cover, and refrigerated overnight. Give it a good stir before using.) Soak the bread in the egg mixture for about 5 minutes, turning halfway through to coat well.
3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook 2 or 3 slices of bread at a time, until the bread is toasted and firm. Sprinkle each slice generously with confectioners' sugar. Turn over, and cook until crisp. Serve warm.
Makes 6 servings


TK Angels said...

We will do dinner next week. I will call you this weekend. Am taking the kids to Home Depot Saturday morning. You should take Gracie. The first Saturday of the month-kids can make little wood kits for free. I mean free. It is really fun!

Take care,

Cheryl Wray said...

SO funny... I made stuffed french toast similar to this about a month ago and it was TO DIE FOR!! I use Nutella instead of chocolate and did half with just th enutella and the other half with nutella and cream cheese. It was UNGODLY DELICIOUS!!!
You don't have to convince me to have a Chocolate Month!! Go Chocolate!!

Jolene George said...

I so agree with the chocolate month idea! I got my sams club magazine today and it was filled with all things chocolate. I almost licked the pages. :o) Will have to try the recipe!

Andi said...

Count me in on wanting to celebrate A Month of Chocolate!!! Break out the Godiva!!!

I love Jolene's comment...she almost licked the page!!!

jafabrit said...

what a wickedly sinful post, I just put 5lbs on reading it ;)

almost likced the pages, LOL jolene, that was funny.

Sheila said...

Hey, I'm with you on declaring February "Chocolate Month"! I had such a chocolate craving last night, that I went to Walgreens and got a bag of the Valentine M&M's. (I had to go to get Lisa a new spiral notebook, but I just couldn't resist those M&M's!) And there's more where that came from!

Valerie said...

Tammy said...

I believe I have one or three Hershey's Dark Chocolate Truffle Treasures to get them now thanks to this post!!

RoseMary said...

This I am going to have to try. Sounds utterly delicious! And we must all keep in mind that chocolate is a health food. Happy Chocolate Month!

Brown English Muffin said...

please didn't you get the memo...every day is a chocolate day in my world!! LOL

Sheila said...

AS much as I love chocolate, I am allergic to it..
I break out in hips..!
(Pea has heard this one before but she will still laugh..!)