The only thing better than a chocolate dessert is a chocolate dessert that is easy to make.
In her new cookbook, "Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts," award-winning chocolatier Alice Medrich cuts the complicated out of baking and offers recipes that turn sophficiated homemade treats into something any chef can tackle.
Here is one of those recipes.
Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches
Makes 2 sandwiches
Crusty, hot, and melty chocolate sandwiches make a decadent snack, but cut into daintier portions and nestled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, they make a dynamite dessert for company. They're fun too.
4 slices sweet or sourdough French bread or firm white sandwich bread
About 2 ounces broken or chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or 1/3 cup chocolate chips Coarse sea salt (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with V teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Butter one side of each slice of bread generously. In a skillet big enough to hold them, cook the slices butter side down over medium heat, just until pale gold on one side. Cover two of the slices with chocolate. Flip a naked slice on top, butter side up. Cook, turning the sandwiches as necessary, until the chocolate is softened and the sandwiches are browned on both sides. Serve immediately, sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt or a dusting of cinnamon sugar, if you like.
You can find more of dessert chef Alice Medrich's favorite recipes and techniques for cooking with chocolate in her new cookbook, "Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts," in stores now, and on her website, http://alicemedrich.com/