By Chef Vincent Tropepe 3 large egg whites, at room temperature  1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar  1 cup superfine sugar  2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (scant 1/2 cup)  Kosher salt  1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder  2 teaspoons espresso powder  Step 1 Preheat the oven to 225°. Line a large […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe 2 cups all-purpose flour  2 teaspoons baking powder  2 teaspoons baking soda  1 teaspoon salt  2 cups sugar  4 ounces unsweetened chocolate  6 tablespoons unsalted butter  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract  2 eggs, lightly beaten  Chocolate Frosting (recipe to follow)  Step 1 Preheat the oven to […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe 1 pound hazelnuts  12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped  2 2/3 cups sugar  1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon  1 pound phyllo dough  2 sticks unsalted butter, melted  2 cups water  1 1/2 cups honey  Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the nuts on a baking […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe ½ cup all-purpose flour  6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder  1 cup white sugar  ⅛ teaspoon salt  2 tablespoons vegetable oil  ½ teaspoon vanilla extract  1 (4 ounce) jar pureed prunes baby food  2 eggs  Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe Ingredients 1 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds, divided 1 Cup all purpose flour 1/2 Tsp baking powder 1/2 Tsp kosher salt 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 Cup brown sugar, packed 1 large egg 1/2 Tsp Almond Extract Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. Place […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe Ingredients 1 1/4 cups white wheat flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1/4 cup vegetable shortening 1/4 cup unsalted butter, […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe Ingredients 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/3 cup neutral oil, like canola or grapeseed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 small apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups) 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped 1 tablespoon whiskey, optional 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder, optional Procedure Position a rack […]

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By Chef Vincent Tropepe CRANBERRY GOAT CHEESE TRUFFLES Ingredients 6 ounces plain goat cheese softened for an hour at room temperature 4 ounces cream cheese softened for an hour at room temperature ¾ cup chopped pecans 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon honey ½ teaspoon Sriracha ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons currants* 2 tablespoons dried cranberries* 2 tablespoons golden raisins* 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley Instructions […]