One of my favorite parts of working at Everyday Food is getting invitations to industry events. Sometimes they’re dull as dishwater. But every once in awhile…you get invited to watch Jacques Pepin make chocolate desserts.
Scharffen-Berger sponsored a chocolate cooking demo with Chef Pepin, and I was incredibly excited to sit in the intimate theater at the International Culinary Center and hear that lilting French voice in real life. I love Jacques’ no-nonsense approach to cooking – even though he’s grounded in classic French technique, he seems to love simplifying recipes to the point that anyone can master them.
Case in point: the chocolates he’s making in the photo above. Just melt good chocolate, spoon it into small candy papers, and while they’re still warm, top them with whatever you like. Jacques used slivers of strawberry, nuts, and candied orange peel. Pop it in the fridge to chill, and you’re done.
He also made a molten chocolate cake, a berry gratin with crumbled cookies and chopped chocolate, and as a finale, a treat he enjoyed as a kid: crepes topped with grated chocolate. What a great way to prove that you don’t need to get fancy to make something truly delicious.
Do you have a simple chocolate dessert to share?