Chocolate Paradise: Sweet Paul's Fall Issue
You may want to grab something sweet before you see this post! Trust me, it will make it easier. (I am armed with a ridiculously decadent fudge brownie from our local chocolatier. Without it, putting together this post would be too much to bear.)
Sweet Paul's fall issue is out and it boasts the magazine's "most sinful, delicious and amazing chocolate treats ever!" If you've been keeping up with Sweet Paul you know this is saying a lot; Paul is one of the most fervent fans of chocolate around and tries to outdo himself with each new issue. However, I highly recommend going through the back issues to see what you've missed - it is ALL worth making. I think I may start with the Whoopie Pies with chocolate ganache (scroll down if you want to be tempted yourself).
The cupcake for the season is Pineapple and Pecan (lower left), and there's a story extolling the virtues of the beloved Apple (right); Paul always finds inspiration in the simplest ingredients which is what keeps his recipes so homey and welcoming. I thought I was looking at doughnuts but these are actually Beignets, in which fresh apple rings are battered and shallow fried to produce this gorgeous treat that is soft, chewy and crisp at once. And if you can take it, there's a caramel sauce to go with them.
I love this DIY, who wouldn't want to try dip-dyeing after seeing the bright, fun things Paul came up with? Paul is on a fabric-dyeing kick and says "Anything not bolted to the walls is going into a color bath"! Have you tried the dog yet, Paul?
My Happy Dish is a favourite regular feature because I love to hear the stories behind the contributing cooks' recipes, why this food means something to them. This time it's a cheery and rich Pumpkin Soup with Chanterelles, from Ewa Ostoja-Helczynska.
More savoury: Chevre, or goat cheese, is one of most favourite things to eat and I cannot wait to try both of these dishes:
Back to the chocolate!
Whoopie Pies filled with chocolate ganache!
There are loads more irresistible things to make so have a long browse through Sweet Paul magazine online, or download a copy so you can browse the PDF version offline (look for the download button in the top right menu).
Photos from Sweet Paul Magazine