Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last Minute Valentine Dessert Idea

Let's see - you can serve your sweetie some ready made -

OR

Homemade Chocolate Raspberry/Brandy Truffles rolled in dark cocoa powder with a touch of raspberry chipotle sea salt. A melt in your mouth taste of sweet and salty goodness and easier to make that you think (recipe in comments).

And for a certain friend that's not going to get one of these in Business Class - there will be some when you get back. . . OK, not the one in the front, it's a goner.

14 comments:

  1. Be sure to use bittersweet chocolate with no more than 60 percent cacao for this recipe.

    1/4 cup heavy cream
    7 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not extra-bitter or unsweetened), very finely chopped
    1 1/2 Tablespoons brandy
    1 cup fresh or fresh/frozen raspberries or blackberries
    3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
    raspberry chipotle sea salt (you can find on Amazon)

    Get out a large (gallon size)sealable plastic bag.

    Line a tray with wax paper.

    Bring the cream just to a simmer in a 1- to 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Remove from heat, then add the chocolate, stirring gently with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula until the ganache is smooth.

    Stir in the brandy.

    Make sure raspberries are dry (if using whole frozen ones, blot well with a paper towel after they thaw.

    Add half a dozen or so berries to ganache and gently fold in to coat using a rubber spatula. Remove each chocolate-covered raspberry with 2 forks, jiggling slightly so that the excess ganache drips off and then transfer to tray. Repeat until all the raspberries are used up.

    Chill truffles on tray until firm, at least 1 hour, then loosen from wax paper.

    Put the cocoa in the bag and add all of truffles. Seal bag, leaving some air in, and shake to coat.

    Empty bag onto a clean platter, gentley separating with fingers. Sprinkle each one with a shake of the flavored sea salt. Chill until serving.

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  2. Happy Valentine's Day, Brigid! This will be my next recipe of your that I will try. I can't wait!

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  3. What is it about chocolate and Valentine's Day?

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  4. Carol - thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy. It's a take on a recipe that's been on the net, I just "tweaked" it a bit to add a bit more flavor.

    Tango Juliet - I am not sure. There is something about dark chocolate, gunpowder and lead.

    Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day.

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  5. I can't do the Beaver Brittle right now (getting hole in head and such soon), but your recipe looks fantastic!

    And no, I don't think they whip those out in Business Class!

    Happy St. Valentines day to you!

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  6. Some day I seriously want to taste your cooking.

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  7. I need this recipe with a different fruit in it...blackberry and raspberry seeds play havoc with my innards!

    Any suggestions, Brigid?

    Vic303

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  8. Having the Midnight Molten Chocolate Cakes here (ala Vongerichten)...if he shows his ass up! Sigh...

    Reckon they'll br fancy brownies in a moment.

    Your raspberries? I could almost smell them from here...mmmm...

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  9. Vic - pear and orange work fine with most chocolate, I'm not sure about the chipotle salt with those however.

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  10. Raspberries and chocolate - what's not to like?? Read your blog everyday - it's a breath of fresh air. Thanks for posting. And HI! to Barkley, of course.

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  11. "Raspberry chipotle sea salt.." there is a product of a creative mind!

    I have been known to commit physical mayhem for raspberries.

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  12. That actually looks good! Hope you had a good V-Day!

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