Monday, December 17, 2007

Chocolate Sformato with Amaretto Whip Cream

best of 2007

'Everyday Italian' hosted by lovely Giada De Laurentiis is one such show on Food Network which I absolutely adore to the core. She makes such pretty looking cookies, desserts, cakes and other Italian savories, that are worth drooling for..:D..
I tried her "Chocolate Sformato" this weekend and it tasted just yummy, moist and delicious!
Read on for the recipe...

I made few variations for the original version.



Recipe Summary:
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Adapted from : here
Difficulty: Easy
Preparation Time: 35 minutes
In active Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk, divided
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 packet gelatin
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 (12-ounce) bag bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon almond liqueur (recommended: Amaretto) [ OPTIONAL]

How to make:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups of the milk, sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat.

3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the remaining 1/2 cup cold milk and let dissolve for 2 minutes. Combine the cold milk and gelatin with the hot milk and sugar. Stir to
dissolve the gelatin, about 5 minutes. (Heat the milk gently if the gelatin is not dissolving easily.)

4. When the gelatin is dissolved combine the eggs with the warm milk, whisking constantly to avoid scrambling the eggs. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh trainer
into a large measuring cup or small pitcher.

5. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate over a double boiler. When the chocolate is melted gradually combine the milk and egg mixture with the melted chocolate, stirring between each addition to create a smooth chocolate mixture.

6. Pour the mixture into a buttered 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with the almonds. Place the casserole dish in a larger dish or roasting pan. Add hot water to the outer pan until the water comes halfway up the sides of the baking dish.

7. Bake until the sides are firm and the center is jiggles slightly, about 1 hour.

8. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

9. Spoon the Sformato along with some whipped topping!



Tips:

1. I didn't use any liqueur, instead I used regular whipped topping that you get in the frozen section of any grocery stores.

2. If you don't have a Double boiler , you can use 2 vessels, one with a smaller rim than the other. Simmer water gently over low heat in the smaller rim vessel and make sure the other vessel that you put on top will sit on top of the vessel but will not
touch water so that the chocolate/eggs wont get scrambled.

3. If you don't have a 2 Qt Casserole dish, use any ceramic dish that can be used in the oven. Avoid using the metal ones.



'Chocolate', being one of my FAVORITES, off this 'Chocolate Sformato' goes to Bindiya's " These are a few of my Favorite things: Chocolate" event..:D

Also sending this to Cate's weekly ARF: Tuesday event..:)



Off this lovely Chocolate recipe goes to our own JFI: Chocolate hosted by Deepz.
Thanks Bee for letting me know!

Wow, three birds in one shot.. Yupeee!!!


~ Shriya

22 comments :

  1. Siri,I'll come back to you when I'm done with drooling :-))

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  2. Siri - that looks amazing. Would love to dig into this rightaway. I like Giada's recipes too and the way she pronounces everything.

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  3. Delicious.
    The pot is just inviting me saying GRAB ME GRAB ME and enjoy but alas i can just drool from this side

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  4. Siri,

    I am a novice cook...unashamed while looking and trying out the wonderful recipes from all the talented foodies and cooks. However I am trying to carve my niche in the foodie blogging world. Do you think I can join the "think spice: cinnamon" event?
    BTW please grace my blog as often as you'd like.

    AnuZi

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  5. someone seems to be tooo bc cooking up a storm! guess i shud stop watching giada and come to urs in that time tooo..;-)

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  6. @ Sunita: Thanks dear. glad u liked my Choclate Sformato..:D

    @ Laavanya: Ya, even I like the way she pronounces every word. She indeed has a charming smile..:)

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  7. @ HC: Hahahaha.. wish I cud let u grab some dear..:) Thanks for ur sweet comments..:D

    @ Anuzi: Thanks for dropping by dear Anu.. Please do feel free to participate in any of the foodie events happening this month anu. Some of them cud be found here: http://events-n-roundups.blogspot.com/

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  8. hey! that looks great Siri:) nice one..Giada will feel happy:D

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  9. siri sformato looks delecioussssss

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  10. Siri dear ,thx a lot for your entry, I think this must be one of the most droolworthy chocolate confections that I have seen!!!

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  11. wow! you can also send this for Jihva for Chococlate.

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  12. Siri
    amazing dessert dear!!! have u left some for me???

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  13. hello. i made a brownie which looks very similar! check out www.cookingandme.blogspot.com

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  14. Sri,
    did u finish it without giving me?:)
    excellent one!

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  15. Hi Siri this recipe is sooooo good! It looks absoloutley delicious, I love that you used almond liqueur. Pictures look amazing. :-)

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  16. Thanks to one and all for taking time to appreciate my Chocolate Sformato..:)

    Happy Holidays!

    ~ Siri

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