Gâteau au Chocolat (Chocolate Cake)

The first chocolate cakes in Europe date back to the 17th century, when bakers began adding cacao powder, newly imported from the Americas, to their traditional cake recipes. During the 19th century, pastry chefs, notably in France and Austria, concocted sophisticated chocolate desserts to be enjoyed by the privileged elites. For everyone else, chocolate in … Continue reading Gâteau au Chocolat (Chocolate Cake)

Dark chocolate a natural sunscreen?

The numerous health benefits of dark chocolate are nothing new, but the list is about to get longer. According to Canadian researchers, regular consumption of dark chocolate could help protect against sunburn. Naturally rich in polyphenols — anti-oxident molecules that promote blood flow close to the skin –, dark chocolate is thought to protect against … Continue reading Dark chocolate a natural sunscreen?