11.02.2011 07.Adar l, 5771
Chosen Bites: Covered in Chocolate
With Valentine's day quickly approaching, indulge in the ultimate dessert of love with Chef Laura Frankel's chocolate crepes and vanilla bean pastry cream.
Often lovingly referred to as the “other food group”, chocolate has found its way into our daily lives and our hearts. Inspiring everything from recipes, stories, cravings and a host of products from funky-flavored chocolate bars to bubble bath, chocolate is more than a just sweet treat, it is an obsession.
Cacao trees are native to Mexico, Central and South America. Cultivated for over 3,000 years, Mayans drank chocolate both as an everyday beverage as well as for ceremonial purposes. The frothy bitter concoction was mixed with vanilla, chile peppers and achiote (annatto). Turning cacao beans into the tasty sweet confection we all know and crave is a complicated process with only a handful of companies all over the world truly making their own chocolate. In fact, most candy shops buy chocolate in blocks, melt it and shape it into candies and other sweet treats….