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Vancouver pastry chef Steve Hodge releases the ultimate cookbook for chocolate lovers

Chocolate All Day serves up greater than 100 recipes involving chocolate.

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Chocolate All Day: From Easy to Decadent, 100+ Recipes for Everybody’s Favourite Ingredient

By Steven Hodge | Penguin Random Home

$37.50 | 272 pages


Steve Hodge is comfy with the concept he’s now often called ‘the chocolate man’.

“That present form of made me ‘the chocolate man’, ” Hodge says of the favored baking present. “Though I’m not nearly chocolate, as a result of I can do the pastry position too.”

It will make sense, then, that Hodge’s first cookbook would spotlight all issues ooey-gooey, chocolatey goodness.

Chocolate All Day: From Simple to Decadent, 100+ Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Ingredient by Steven Hodge.
Chocolate All Day: From Easy to Decadent, 100+ Recipes for Everybody’s Favourite Ingredient, by Steven Hodge.Penguin Random Home

“For essentially the most half, the recipes are primarily based off of the issues that I cherished as a child,” Hodge says of the gathering. “The ebook is devoted to my mother, in that sense.” (For the document, Hodge’s mom has gone by the completed ebook and says she “approves.”)

Whereas among the recipes skew extra towards technical, temper-type creations, Hodge assures there’s a recipe inside its pages for each ability stage to recreate at residence.

“The ebook is all about not scaring the house baker,” Hodge says. “We attempt to avoid the science of it. I discovered, with a whole lot of chocolate books, you get into the science of it. And that’s the place individuals get misplaced. They don’t know what it means they usually get overwhelmed.

“We tried to avoid the science factor and make chocolate enjoyable — as a result of baking is enjoyable.”

Hodge factors to the Peanut Butter White Chocolate Chip Cookies as an “wonderful” choice for anybody who loves peanut butter. And the chocolate custard as one other private spotlight of the ebook.

“We began speaking a number of years in the past, simply speaking about her profession and the way her profession has gone,” Hodge says of Olsen, who’s a longtime Meals Community star and writer of practically a dozen cookbooks. “She was giving me recommendation. And she or he mentioned, ‘You realize, Steve, at this level, you’ve had a few seasons of exhibits. You would possibly take into consideration eager to do a cookbook.’ “

Hodge admits a cookbook was at all times on his bucket listing.

“I simply by no means felt I used to be prepared or knew sufficient to do it,” he says. “After which, with the recommendation and the assistance from Anna Olson, she form of bought the ball rolling. After which I used to be like, ‘All proper, yeah, I’ve sufficient recipes in my portfolio from the years of expertise that we may do that.’ In order that’s actually the way it began.”

Arising with the 100-plus recipes was straightforward for Hodge. In any case, the Michelin-trained chef — Hodge was beforehand pastry chef on the three-Michelin Star restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London — has a broad historical past as each an expert chef and pastry store proprietor to tug from. However the writing? Properly, that was one other story.

“It actually was demanding,” Hodge admits of the cookbook writing course of, including that it felt like he was “again at school.”

“I knew what I needed to make. It was altering the strategies on how a house baker would perceive it, that was what we had been going backwards and forwards quite a bit about.”

Trying again at his profession thus far, Hodge views the assorted stepping-stones with a kind of appreciative awe, noting that, whereas he at all times imagined he’d personal his personal eatery, he by no means imagined it could give attention to simply on pastries. His flip into TV — an evolution that he says is thanks, largely, to his PR lead Michelle Lan — has additionally come as a welcome shock.

“It was the suitable time the suitable place,” Hodge says of his position as a TV host. “We went from zero to 60 in a single day.”

With the cookbook on cabinets, Hodge and his enterprise associate (and sister) Kristen are eyeing an enlargement of the mood providing to incorporate merchandise such with frozen croissants and chocolate distribution. Hodge additionally hasn’t dominated out the potential for a Mood Pastry cookbook to return.

Principally, the long run for Hodge is stuffed with adjustments that really feel particularly becoming for the so-called ‘chocolate man’.

“It will get individuals speaking about chocolate,” Hodge summarizes of his total efforts.  


Flourless Chocolate Cake from Chocolate All Day: From Simple to Decadent, 100+ Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Ingredient by Steven Hodge.
Flourless Chocolate Cake from Chocolate All Day: From Easy to Decadent, 100+ Recipes for Everybody’s Favourite Ingredient, by Steven Hodge.Jimmy Jeong

Flourless Chocolate Cake

“Not solely is that this one of many best desserts to make, it’s additionally gluten-free, which suggests nearly everybody can get pleasure from it.” — Steven Hodge

10 oz (280 g) darkish chocolate, chopped

1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup (75 g) granulated sugar, divided

5 giant eggs, room temperature

Be aware: You’ll be able to substitute milk chocolate for the darkish chocolate for those who favor.

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spray or line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Wrap the skin of the pan in aluminum foil in case of leakage.

Mix the chocolate, butter and a pair of tablespoons of sugar in a bowl. Place the bowl over a simmering pot of water to create a double boiler and whisk to soften collectively and absolutely incorporate the components. Take away from the warmth and put aside.

Separate the eggs. Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks to full quantity, about 5 minutes, then switch to a separate bowl. Clear and dry the blending bowl, then whisk the egg whites and the remaining ¼ cup of sugar to stiff peaks, about 5 minutes.

Fold the whipped egg yolks into the melted chocolate combination. Then fold the egg whites into the combination in thirds, being cautious to not lose an excessive amount of quantity.

Pour the batter into the ready pan and bake for 15 to twenty minutes. As soon as cooked, the highest of the cake will type a crust and crack.

Take away the cake from the oven and let it cool within the pan. The cake will collapse, so don’t fear that it’s gone unsuitable. It’s dense and fudgy but in addition delicate, so don’t flip it over onto a wire rack. As soon as the cake has cooled, mud it with icing sugar and launch the edges of the pan.

Makes one, 9-inch cake.

Excerpted from Chocolate All Day: From Easy to Decadent, 100+ Recipes for Everybody’s Favourite Ingredient, by Steven Hodge. Copyright © 2023 Steven Hodge. Images by Jamie Hodge and Jimmy Jeong. Printed by Urge for food by Random Home, a division of Penguin Random Home Canada Ltd. Reproduced by association with the writer. All rights reserved.


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