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An oh-so-tasty frozen chocolate treat

Today I was reminded of why I enjoy Elmira so much. I had a visit from a guest who was one of the first people to order from us over 12 years ago. Through this family we have enjoyed weddings, showers and many birthday cakes. More importantly, we have enjoyed many laughs, visits and friendship.

I was remembering her 50th birthday cooking class, done in our home. We had so much fun and had a blast with the many friends that attended.

It’s a great feeling to have contributed to someone’s life in such a positive way, but I feel like the lucky one. There are so many people who just make my day when they come for a visit and catch up.

These relationships over the years have become a joy and privilege within our family.  We are truly blessed to be able to walk down a street where people still say “hi” and ask how you are.

Small towns and small businesses don’t exist without the support of the community. It’s been almost 13 years since we moved to Elmira, and it has grown as time has passed. Thank you for including us in your busy lives. Enjoy this dessert or make it for someone special; there are a few bowls to wash but it is so worth it.


Chocolate Grand Marquis


10 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped, melted and smooth

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup butter at room temp.

1/2 cup sugar,

2 tbsp cocoa powder

4 large eggs

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp vanilla

1 cup 35% whipping cream


Line spring form pan or loaf pan with cellophane;

Use mixer and beat 1/2 cup of butter until fluffy, then beat in a 1/4 cup of sugar, and cocoa powder;

Whisk 4 egg yolks, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of room-temperature butter, and the other 1/4 cup of sugar in metal bowl. Set over simmering water, whisk constantly until it reaches 160 F, or about 5 minutes;

Using a mixer, beat the warm yolk mixture until thick and cool about 5 minutes, then beat in cocoa mix. Fold in melted  chocolate and vanilla;

In another bowl, beat cream into soft peaks and fold into chocolate mix. Spread into prepared pan and freeze.

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