Saugatuck, Michigan


"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!  --- Dr. Seuss

Julia's Little Chocolate Bites Recipe A La Julee At Wickwood Inn
Petite Nuages de Chocolate

We've been a bit obsessed with these chocolate treasures for years and have kept them secret. They're bite-sized versions of Julia's Flourless Chocolate Cake, an idea she gave us long ago. Finally we've decided to share this embarrassingly simple recipe. Chocolate Bites have a crunchy top and beneath the consistency of a cloud. They simply dissolve in your mouth into lovely silky chocolate. Pace yourself. They're deceptively rich.
Yields 32-36 Little Bites.

• 9 ounces best quality bittersweet chocolate (preferably Ghirardelli or Varlhona)
• 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
• 5 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1½ cups sugar
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1. Roughly chop the chocolate into pieces. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and add the butter. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until the two ingredients have melted. Mix well and transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Sift the sugar and flour together, then stir into the chocolate. Add the eggs and mix well. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. The batter will thicken as it stands.

3. Line 1½" miniature muffin tins (24 to the pan) with cupcake papers. Of course, you can make these in regular muffin tins, but they are too rich to be large for our palate. Spoon the batter to ¾ full for each cupcake into the paper-lined cup. Bake 16-18 minutes (if large bake 30-35 minutes) The brownies will still be moist when done, but the tops will puff up and look crisp and rounded. They will fall slightly as they cool. Let them cool in the pan, if you can leave them alone. They're fragile and will fall apart if not cool. Best to disappear within 48 hours.

Soon Hansel and Gretel came to a little cottage. When they got quite near, they saw that the little house was made of bread and roofed with cake. The windows were transparent sugar. There must not have been a very strict building code."
--- Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964


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