Recently we headed down to Taza Chocolate Company in Somerville, MA to celebrate Dia de los Muertos and launch this year’s new flavor Spicy Dark Chocolate, using Taza’s Mexican-style stone ground organic chocolate.
We had a great time at their factory and would like to share more about this amazing company with you: Taza Chocolate is unique in that it “stone grinds cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture.”
We learned that Taza founder Alex Whitmore took his first bite of stone ground chocolate while traveling in Oaxaca, Mexico. Alex apprenticed under a molinero in Oaxaca to learn how to hand-carve granite mill stones to make a new kind of American chocolate that is simply crafted, and delicious! He was so inspired by the rustic intensity that he decided to create a chocolate factory in Somerville, MA.
According to Taza, “to source the best cacao we cultivate direct relationships with growers and pay a premium over the Fair Trade price. We pioneered the first third-party certified Direct Trade cacao sourcing program in the U.S., to ensure transparency and fairness for all.”
Interested in a tour? The Taza Chocolate Factory Store offers tours and has viewing windows into manufacturing spaces. Visitors can learn more about Taza and how they make stone ground chocolate, and sample their full product line.
Holiday Tiramisu with Fat Toad Farm Goat’s Milk Caramel
Adapted from the Pretty. Simple. Sweet. Blog
Yield: 1 8-inch baking dish or 6-8 individual glasses
- 1 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee (made of 1 cup hot water mixed with 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules or espresso powder)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons coffee liquor
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons coffee liquor
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
- about 200g/7 oz (20-24 units) ladyfingers or Savoiardi biscuits
- 6 ounces of Fat Toad Farm Salted Bourbon Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce (or your favorite flavor)
- Sifted cocoa powder or grated chocolate
For the coffee syrup: In a small bowl, combine hot coffee, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 tablespoons coffee liquor. Mix until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
For the filling: Place egg yolks, sugar, and coffee liquor in a medium heatproof bowl, set over a saucepan of boiling water (the bowl should not touch the water). Reduce heat to low. Whisk constantly until the mixture doubles in volume, is hot to the touch, and has a thick, foamy consistency (around 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly, about 15 minutes. In a different mixing bowl, whisk heavy cream using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Once egg yolk mixture has cooled, add the mascarpone and whisk until smooth. Then, gently fold in the whipping cream in 2 additions until smooth.
Assemble tiramisu: Dip ladyfingers very quickly (less than a second) into the coffee syrup and line them in one layer in an 8-inch baking dish (see below if making individual glasses). Drizzle with 3 ounces of Fat Toad Farm Goat’s Milk Caramel. Spoon half of the filling over the ladyfingers and smooth the top. Repeat with a second layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers. Drizzle with the remaining 3 ounces of caramel and then with the rest of the cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days. Serve cold. Right before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder or grated chocolate (or both!).
For individual glasses (makes 6-8): Spoon a dollop of the mascarpone cream mixture into the bottom of the glass. Dip 3 lady fingers into the coffee syrup and place in the jar making a layer. Drizzle caramel on top of this layer, about 1 tablespoon. Repeat with layering filling and ladyfingers, creating 2-3 layers in total.
1 lb of whole roasted almonds (unsalted)
1 8 oz jar of Fat Toad Farm Salted Bourbon Caramel (or your favorite flavor!)
1 Tablespoon of sea salt
Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, use a spoon to mix a little over half of the jar of caramel (or 4 oz) in with the almonds until they are evenly covered. Sprinkle in the salt while mixing. Spread almonds evenly on parchment paper and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. Watch closely so that the caramel gets crispy but does not burn. Let cool and remove from parchment paper. Serve as a delicious snack for Halloween!!
Being a Vermont business, we have long been asked when we would be coming out with a maple caramel. Well the time has finally arrived! This collaboration brings together Fat Toad Farm and our friends at Cold Hollow Cider Mill! Just as we start seeing the caramel turn a nice golden brown, we stir in Cold Hollow Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and watch as this amber-colored beauty mixes perfectly into our velvety goat’s milk caramel. Trust us, a little (or big!) drizzle on your pancakes, apple tarts and/or pumpkin pies will leave you with a smile on your face and most likely an empty jar! SHOP NOW!
Recipe adapted from The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook
Time: 20 minutes Yield: 15 pancakes (depending on size)
4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 quart buttermilk or yogurt
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter or vegetable oil (optional)
8oz Fat Toad Farm Vermont Maple Caramel Sauce
In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.
In a second bowl, mix the buttermilk and melted butter (or oil) together. Separate the eggs setting the whites aside to fold in later and add only the yolks to the buttermilk and butter mixture. Take about 20 seconds and blend this mixture into the dry ingredients. Finally, in a separate bowl, beat the egg whites that you set aside until they form stiff peaks and fold them into the mixture.
Heat up your griddle and pour about a quarter cup of the mixture for each pancake leaving enough space for them to expand. Turn them when the bubbles on the top surface pop and don’t fill in. The second side takes only half the amount of time needed to cook the first.
Serve them up with a healthy drizzle of Fat Toad Farm Vermont Maple Caramel Sauce and be prepared to lick your plate clean!
We made the list! Ten Vermont companies are finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made contest. The contest honors, “makers, small-business owners, and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food, and style.” On-line voting for your favorite producers goes from September 15th – October 13th! Check out our page to vote! Learn more in the Burlington Free Press article and join us this Friday for the Yelp event in Burlington, Vermont.