Hawaij Spiced Nachos with Chocolate Sauce



Hawaij Spiced Nachos with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

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  • Nachos:

  • 4 flour tortillas, cut into eighths (wedges)

  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 3 tsp hawaij for coffee

  • 3 Tbsp sugar

  • Chocolate sauce:

  • ⅓ cup good quality chocolate, melted

  • 2 Tbsp butter

  • 2 Tbsp crème fraîche

  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Mix vanilla into the melted butter and brush both sides of each tortilla.

  3. Using a sieve, sift the hawaij all over the tops and bottoms of each tortilla. Lastly, sprinkle a nice dose of sugar on top of each piece. Bake for 10 minutes until crisp and golden.

  4. Once chocolate is melted and is still very hot, mix in the butter immediately until melted and glossy. Next, mix in the crème fraîche and cinnamon. Serve warm right away with the chips.

Chocolate Covered Nut Truffles


Chocolate Covered Nut Truffles

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  • 1 cup pitted dates

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, blanched

  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate, melted

  • ⅛ tsp fleur de sel


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a food processor with a blade attachment, mix together the dates, hazelnuts and coconut until it forms a cohesive mixture. Roll into 14 balls and place on baking sheet.

  3. Working one at a time with two forks, dip each ball in chocolate and drain off excess. Top with salt and continue with remaining truffles. Refrigerate until firm.

All things Gelatin and the Best New Tahitian Dessert Recipe!

Ok everyone. Lets talk J.E.L.L.O!

Some of the most common dishes made of gelatin is Ptcha (aka galaretta), marshmallows, and the ever classic Jello. Gelatin is something people have been eating and using since before the middle ages.

I’m about to go a bit geek on you, and give you all the different types of gelatins, substitutes, and uses for these unique products. Let’s begin!

Gelatin_PowderGelatin is an animal by-product that is made from the collagen of most commonly pig, fish, or cow.  Now, the word collagen may have sounded familiar to you- that is because you have probably heard a skin care commercial that says that the product is infused with collagen (it’s not as gross as it sounds). Collagen is the protein that holds the body together, which is why it is used in anti-aging cosmetics.  This same reason is also how it does what we see in food as a stabilizer.  It used to be used a lot as the stabilizer in ice cream, and while it is not as generally used today, it can still be found in some. Gelatin when dissolved, also has a glossy sheen which is why it is used in food styling and photography. Gelatin is also often found in different pharmaceuticals.

Gelatin is sold to the general public as powder, sheets, or leaves. Continue reading