With gigantic vats of churning chocolate, desserts like their famous chocolate pizza, and 12 varieties of hot chocolate served in custom mugs, Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man has turned their line of hip, colorful themed restaurants into an international sensation. Chocolate: A Love Story is a vibrant new cookbook that includes 65 original recipes narrated in the quirky, captivating voice of Max Brenner, the restaurant's visionary founder and "bald man." Bold original illustrations inspired by Art Deco poster graphics, full-color photographs, easy-to-follow, delicious recipes, and a serving of Max's unique vision for spreading "chocolate culture" around the world make this book a must for every chocolate lover. Recipe Excerpt from Chocolate: A Love Story: My lost childhood chocolate birthday cake Ingredients
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 20 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly flour and butter a 9-inch round cake pan
2. Make the cake. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric beater until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until just combined.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Set to cool on a cooling rack.
4. Make the ganache. Bring the cream to a simmer and pour over the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Let sit until the chocolate begins to melt, about 1 minute, then beat with an electric mixer until the ganache is fluffy and smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
5. Make the syrup. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Lower the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. Stir in the Cointreau and remove from the heat.
6. Cut the cake horizontally into 2 layers. Brush the still-warm cake with the syrup (do not soak). Once the syrup is absorbed, spread the cooled ganache frosting generously over the top of one round. Top with the second layer of cake and cover with the remaining ganache, using an offset spatula to smooth the ganache down and around the sides of the cake.
7. Sprinkle liberally with multicolored sprinkles.
Max Brenner's desserts are so amazing and so creative! With this delightful book, y'all can re-create the magic of his chocolate restaurants in your own home.—Paula Deen, host of Paula's Best Dishes and Paula's Party
We've always enjoyed bringing our daughter, Ella, to Max Brenner's inNYC. We look forward to using his cookbook at home.—John Travolta and Kelly Preston