Scharffen Berger chocolate throw a dessert contest, this year it's "Elevate a Classic Dessert". You take a classic recipe, and give it an all new spin with Scharffen Berger chocolate (obviously), impress their team of esteemed judges, and $10,000 could be all yours. Second and third place take home $7,000 and $3,000 respectively (still more than what's in my wallet). Every year, we've been invited to the official launch party for the contest. It's one of the highlights of my year because it means I can stuff my face with chocolate and dessert and call it dinner. Let's see what I had, shall we.....
This year, the celebrity chefs participating were Johnny Iuzzini and Elizabeth Falkner. Brownie and I ended up getting split up on teams, me ending up with Chef Iuzzini. I didn't impress him with any of my skills. On Johnny's team, we made Chocolate Pudding with Passion Fruit Gelée, Whipped Chocolate Crème Fraîche and Cacao Nibs. It was interesting learning about making the gelée with gelatin sheets, and he did teach me a better way to use an off-set spatula. The recipe itself is a bit elaborate, but is easy for an amateur baker, and it presents quite a fancy dessert.
On Chef Falkner's team, they created Chocolate Gelato Sundaes complete with marshmallow cream. Her recipe is a little more complex, especially with the making of the cream and gelato, but is definitely worth a try if you're an ice cream sundae fan like myself. I won't tell anyone that you bought the gelato at a store.
If you're one of these creative cookies that thinks they have the best recipe, be sure to enter the contest! Entries will be accepted through January 2nd!
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