I was so excited to receive a copy of Fran Costigan’s Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts from Running Press. This book is gorgeous: it’s hardcover, packed with more than 120 mind-blowing chocolate-based vegan dessert recipes and adorned with beautiful photos shot by Kate Lewis. As soon as I cracked it open, I made a mad dash to Whole Foods to pick up some chocolate so I could begin replicating some of Fran’s recipes, which are all well-crafted with easy and approachable instructions.
I started with the easiest recipe of all: Fran’s Chocolate Olive Oil Glaze for Chocolate-Dipped Anything. Dark chocolate and a touch of olive oil and salt are slowly melted over a double boiler to create the most luscious, silky and perfectly balanced chocolate glaze for, well … anything. I dragged blueberries (and maybe my fingers) through this chocolate sauce once it cooled slightly and loved its soft and melt-in-your-mouth quality.
Vegan Chocolate offers a nice balance of easy/beginner to more advanced but doable recipes like Créme Fraîche Truffles, Bittersweet Ganache-Glazed Chocolate Torte to Live For, White and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, Intensely Chocolate Trifle, Chocolate Panna Cotta, Mocha Créme Brûlée, Chocolate Horchata and Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache Glaze.
While I am planning on making some of these, I’m excited to share the recipe for the Chocolate Olive Oil Glaze for Chocolate-Dipped Anything that Running Press has kindly agreed to be posted here. And, if that’s not enough, they are also offering a giveaway of Fran’s book to one lucky reader through this post!
To enter, simply leave a comment below that includes your favorite chocolate-based dessert. Please leave your email or some way to contact you in case your comment is drawn as the winner. Shipping is restricted to the US only.
On August 12, I’ll randomly pick a winner … good luck!
The winner of this giveaway is Ali, congrats! Thanks to everyone who entered.Print
Chocolate Olive Oil Glaze for Chocolate-Dipped Anything
Reprinted with permission by Running Press © 2013 by Fran Costigan
Shiny chocolate-dipped fruit, cookies, confections, and snacks like pretzels and potato chips look gorgeous, but most of the time, when dipped in melted chocolate alone, the final result is dull or speckled with white spots. Tempered chocolate, however, yields a glossy, speckle-free appearance. Directions for seed-tempering chocolate are found in my book Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, but this recipe offers an alternative method: adding some mild tasting extra-virgin olive oil to melted chocolate. The result is not a true tempered chocolate, but this works very well as a chocolate dip and even a lusciously smooth cake glaze. If you don’t want to wait for the chocolate glaze to set, just dip and eat!
- 6 ounces / 170 grams dark chocolate (70 to 72%), finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons / 30 ml mild tasting extra-virgin oil or neutral vegetable oil
- 2 pinches flaked sea salt (optional)
Recommended Items For Dipping
- Long-stem or standard strawberries
- Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
- Cherries on the stem
- Citrus segments (mandarin oranges or grapefruit, cleaned of all pith and “string”)
- Dried fruit
- Pomegranate seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Potato chips
- Line a sheet pan with a piece of plastic wrap, acetate, or parchment or a Silpat baking mat.
- Melt half of the chocolate with the olive oil in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl), stirring a few times until the chocolate is just melted. Add the rest of the chocolate and stir until melted.
- Remove the bowl from the saucepan. Wipe the water from the bottom of the bowl. Crush the salt (if using) between your fingers and add it to the chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and the glaze is smooth.
- To dip larger items: hold by the end or stem. Dip each piece two-thirds of the way into the chocolate. Lift up and allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Set each piece on the lined sheet pan and push forward just slightly, so the chocolate doesn’t puddle too much. (Don’t worry if it does.) Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature for about 15 minutes, then refrigerate on the tray until set.
To dip smaller pieces, such as nuts or seeds, plunk a bunch at a time into a shallower bowl of chocolate and push them around with a fork until coated. Remove with a large fork or slotted spoon and allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place on the lined baking sheet to harden and then refrigerate.
Refrigerate until serving. The chocolate-dipped “anythings” will peel off the acetate, parchment, or Silpat when the chocolate has hardened.
Fruit must be thoroughly dry and cold before dipping (chocolate sets fastest on cold fruit). Rinse the fruit gently (do not wash berries more than 30 minutes before using), gently pat dry with paper towels and refrigerate until cold.
Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef, and the author of three cookbooks. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan kitchens. Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive ®) in her hometown of New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education and at the Natural Gourmet Institute and at major events throughout North America and Europe. Please visit her at francostigan.com.
Sue/the view from great island says
Absolutely riveting photos!
I love Isa's chocolate cake 🙂 I would love to win a copy of this book!
Oh, I would love to win a copy of the book!!! My favorite chocolate dessert is "cheesecake" with a chocolate crust and chocolate and caramel drizzle!
Those photos are amazing! My favorite chocolate dessert would have to be a rich, dense chocolate pie, vegan of course, with strawberries.
Barbara Clark says
In this house hold anything chocolate:) But every year I have to make a chocolate birthday cake with chocolate frosting that I veganized from Cooking Light. I've tried to make other cakes but I get vetoed.
My favorite chocolate dessert is Vegan Treat's double chocolate fudge brownies followed by their Death By Chocolate Cake and Peanut Butter Bomb cake.
Also a shoutout to Candle Cafe West's mexican hot chocolate dessert! 🙂
I love anything chocolate, but most of all dense, fudgy brownies.
My favorite chocolate dessert would have to be brownies or chocolate peanut butter cup cheesecake! 🙂
My favorite chocolate based dessert is frozen silken chocolate pie (vegan of course) with coconut whipped cream and strawberries on top! But I also love red wine hot chocolate…
I want to take a week of work and just make chocolate desserts with this book! (and if I win it, even though I live in NZ, I will have a US address to get it sent to… ) I think too that great chocolate desserts seem to really open the eyes of my skeptical friends regarding vegan food who assume vegan means cardboard.
Terri Cole says
I love a great bar of dark chocolate flavored with almonds and sea salt.
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Lydia Claire says
Chocolate cake with lots of frosting!
Corrine Greenfield says
Dense and chewy chocolate chip brownies. =)
I love fudgy chocolate brownies! Chocolate chip cookies are great too of course!
Sandy Smith says
Vegan chocolate volcano cake for me!! But someone needs to teach me how to make it! 🙂
Angel Boord says
My fav is chocolate french silk pie. I can't wait to get this book! Beautiful pics and mouth watering recipes. angelboord at gmail dot com
Jill Van Vlack says
I love having chocolate cake from my favorite vegan baker decorated with my favorite vegan peanut butter cups also from the same shop. I am not good with baking, and would love to win this cookbook to help me. If I am so blessed to win this, please e-mail me at Pumpkin061@aol.com
I love a good peanut butter-chocolate truffle! Always using chocolate approved by the Food Empowerment Project, so as not to support the chocolate slave trade. So excited about this book!
Chocolate pudding. Basic comfort dessert. 🙂
Susan Gordon says
Susan Furlong says
Chocolate combined with mint!
One of my favorite chocolate desserts is actually an old brownie recipe by Fran Costigan that appeared in an issue of Yoga Journal years ago. It is sweetened with barley malt and maple syrup, and uses whole wheat flour. Brownies were something I really missed when I became vegan, and this recipe is spot on!
Dark side of the moon cake! Unfortunately, I've not found a vegan version.
Magic and Mayhem says
My favorite chocolate dessert is vegan truffles. The book sounds wonderful.
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Chocolate is my favorite food group and your photo's absolutely stunning.
Keep up the GREAT work!
What a heavenly book!!! My favorite is a veganized version of Ben and Jerry's Everything but the…. Ice Cream. In Love!
Rebecca Pytell says
Chocolate is always a winner 😉
My favorite chocolate dessert is a really good chocolate truffle. Or cake. Cake is always good 🙂
Aimee B. says
I love chocolate, so it's hard to pick a favorite. When I was a kid one of my mom's friends made chocolate cupcakes with mocha frosting. They were soooooooo good! I still remember them over 30 years later. 🙂
Vegan Nanaimo bars!
sandyhills x says
Would have to say red velvet cheese cake – shaunie twitter.com/sandyhills25
Good old chocolate cake for me! khamill55 at gmail
Chocolate pots de creme!
Erica Wheadon says
My fav chocolate dessert would have to be fudge brownies. So so so good. 🙂
Jenn D says
My favorite is chocolate chocolate chip cookies!
Kala Ganapathy says
I find my melt-in-your-mouth vegan chocolate truffles simply irresistible!
Vanessa Taylor says
my favorite is the chocolate drizzle! it's so versatile and makes everything yummy!
I'd like to be in the drawing too. Amazingly luscious looking AND the 5th was my birthday! You can notify me if I win at firstname.lastname@example.org.
so many to choose from where chocolate is concerned… guess i am just concerned… about chocolate. : )
My favorite chocolate based dessert is Red Velvet Cake or Cupcakes
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Aimee Douglass says
My favorite would have to be brownies, but that chocolate cake on the cover looks divine! email@example.com
Favorite chocolate dessert has always been chocolate mousse, but seeing the photo of your chocolate cake, that may soon change!
Just to be clear, I didn't make that cake or shoot it — that's the cover of the actual book! But I agree with you, it does look fabulous!
Thanks so much for the giveaway!! I love most chocolate desserts but I really love chocolate cookies. Simple but classic!
I love vegan brownies. 🙂
I can't wait to check out this book! My favorite chocolate dessert has got to be good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies.
Vegan dark chocolate olive oil rosemary cake… so many great, deep flavors!
Double chocolate brownies 🙂 vegan of course! Salonenvi.firstname.lastname@example.org