Introduction: Chocolate Pasta
I know I know. Chocolate pasta. Those 2 words really shouldn't go together. But, I wanted to share the chocolately love. A great way to impress (or perhaps gross out?) your dinner guests, or a halloween or easter treat. I haven't put a a topping, but the options are endless, and potentially waist expanding.
ETA: I am currently working on a Ravioli using this pasta. Stay tuned for the next installment!
Step 1: The Ingredients
This recipe is from the Australian Women's Weekly Pasta Cookbook 1994
Serves 4 people
1 cup of Plain Flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
60g (2oz) Dark Chocolate
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 Tbsp Icing (Powdered) sugar
Add all the ingredients into your food processor and process until mixture forms into a ball.
Step 2: The Kneeding
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and kneed for 10 minutes until smooth.
Step 3: The Rolling
Split the dough in half and work with half at a time.
Flatten pasta out with hands slightly and roll on widest setting in pasta machine. Fold over, and repeat, occasionally changing the rolling width. This stablises the dough for when you roll it thin. As it gets closer to the thickness you want, you can drop the folding over step.
If you don't have a pasta machine, you can roll this out with a rolling pin.
Step 4: The Cutting
Put your water on to boil at this point. I didn't salt the water as I wasn't sure how the salt would effect the taste of the pasta.
Once you get your dough to the thickness you want (i got it down to about 1mm) cut pasta into the length you require. I cut my pasta sheet in half. You can of course choose to not cut it at this stage, or cut after it has been put through the machine again.
In the pictures, I put the pasta through the spaghetti size cutters, however, I think it would make a better fettucchine.
So, cut your pasta at the size you want. If you aren't using a pasta machine you can roll the pasta sheet firmly and cut into the desired width and unroll the cut slices.
Step 5: The Cooking
Once your pasta is all cut and looking nice, and your water is ready, add the pasta to the water and cook for 3 minutes.
(In the pictures, I have only cooked half the pasta. You will need a really big pot of boiling water to make the full 4 serves)
Step 6: The Serving
After 3 minutes, remove the pasta from the water and drain.
I haven't included a topping in this Instructable, but the possibilities are endless.
A runny chocolate ganash, mixed berries, a strawberry sauce, or even just ice cream and topping! Whatever your sweet tooth lovin' heart desires.
The chocolate flavour is not overpowering, its mild at best. You could experiment with the amount of chocolate at the first step. And as horrid as it looks, and as apprehensive as you may be, its is worth it!