Written on February 14, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Erin Gleeson
Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s been chilly out here in the woods so tonight I am making this Sipping Chocolate for my sweetheart. Making hot cocoa from scratch is really simple- you basically just melt bits of chocolate and a dab of honey in milk over medium heat and stir until they are all melted together and smooth. I topped mine with whip cream, chocolate shavings and a pinch of cayenne pepper (for a hot kick!). My favorite technique for making curly chocolate shavings is to use a potato peeler. Save a couple squares out of the chocolate bar for this and just swipe the peeler along the edge of the bar to create the shaving. (*tip: milk chocolate has more wax in it than dark chocolate which makes the shavings curl better and less likely to break). I have found it’s easiest to create the shavings right over the whipped cream since picking them up often causes them to break. Enjoy!
(Recipe is adapted from this Double Hot Chocolate recipe. I used honey instead of corn syrup and just one type of chocolate )
1 chocolate bar (milk or dark, approx 1.5 oz., save a couple squares for shaving)
topping: whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a pinch of cayenne pepper
1. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan combine milk, chocolate, and honey. Cook and stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
2. Serve in warmed latte mugs or bowls. If desired, top with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkle with grated bittersweet chocolate and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
The Forest Feast is a blog by Erin Gleeson full of simple, colorful vegetable based recipes with photos and watercolor illustration. After working for many years as a food photographer in NYC, Erin moved to a cabin in the woods where she is currently working on The Forest Feast Cookbook. Follow Erin on Twitter and Instagram, @theforestfeast.
Written on February 13, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Kristin Porter
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and in addition to the heart-clad boxer shorts and bag of Skittles I usually give my husband for the holiday (I know, I really go all out…) is a sweet, homemade dessert.
It’s our tradition – he makes the dinner plans, and I provide a sweet treat to enjoy afterwards. Past favorites include these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, and homemade cupcakes are always a popular option, but this year I’m keeping it easy yet dazzling with Individual Brownie Trifles with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream. It was love at first sight when I first saw this recipe, and much to my surprise one of my fellow Delish Dish bloggers must have fallen in love with it too! She featured it last week in tall shooters with raspberries, but I like it with strawberries in martini glasses. No matter which way you prefer, it really is the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.
Trifles made from layers of crumbled brownie, fresh strawberries, and homemade whipped cream topped with cocoa powder look and taste like they came from a restaurant, but only you and I will know that they take less than 15 minutes to prepare, and can be assembled hours in advance, too!
Start by making the homemade whipped cream. There are few things in life as wonderful and luxurious as homemade whipped cream, and it’s so simple to make! Just chill the bowl of your electric mixer, or a large glass bowl if you have a hand-held mixer, in the freezer for 10 minutes then add 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar.
Whip the cream for 3-5 minutes, or until it reaches medium-peak stage. Be careful not to over-whip the cream or it could turn into butter, and Individual Brownie Trifles with fresh berries and homemade butter doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Once the whipped cream is prepared, layer 1/4 cup crumbled brownie (could use store-bought or homemade) into the bottom of a serving dish, or martini glass for a fun presentation, followed by a dallop of the whipped cream, and fresh berries. I used sliced strawberries, but raspberries or cherries would be divine!
Repeat the layers once more then top with a dusting of cocoa powder.
Cheers to you and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day!
*Note: I used powdered sugar instead of regular sugar in the whipped cream, and fresh strawberries instead of raspberries. I also omitted the chocolate sauce.
Written on February 7, 2013 at 8:40 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
Things can get a bit gloomy this time of year here in Central PA so I’m always thankful when Valentine’s Day rolls around. This mid-February celebration is a wonderful reminder to take a moment to let the people closest to us know how much we love and appreciate them. Love comes in so many different forms. Whether you are single or happily married or committed for 25+ years, I think this holiday is the perfect occasion to remind all of your loved ones how important they are to you. While I know chocolate is a go-to for this holiday, I’m freshening things up this year and taking inspiration from the equally romantic strawberry. Plus, I’m ready for summer, and these delicious red berries are my key to getting there – mentally, at least. I hope you enjoy this little collection of berry-goodness and find something you can whip up for that special someone in your life.
1. Fresh Strawberry Fool // 2. Strawberry Chiffon Pie // 3. Fresh Berry Napoleons // 4. Strawberry Shortbread // 5. Strawberry Meringue Pie // 6. Fresh Strawberry Bars // 7. Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam // 8. Strawberry Souffle // 9. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes
Now that dessert is taken care of, there is nothing more adorable or romantic than a homemade valentine. Whether you make a beautiful card or a decorative item for your home, get out your glue gun and glitter and start crafting. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with an idea or inspiration. Don’t worry though, I’ve done the work for you and picked eight fabulous and festive projects that will warm your and your loved one’s hearts this February 14.
Let us know in the comments below what fun ways you share your Valentine’s Day love this year.
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm
Written on February 5, 2013 at 7:30 am , by Delish Dish Editor
Hi, I’m Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author, baker, and owner of a small-batch cookie shop in New York City called, Beurre & Sel (French for “butter and salt”). I’m also the creator of the recipes for the delicious chocolate treats featured in the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
Chocolate + Valentine’s Day have been sweethearts for so long that it was a tricky – but very delicious – challenge to come up with new treats for the celebration of love. I’m crazy about all my meant-to-share desserts, but I was so excited about the Smoky Chocolate Crackers that I made them part of Beurre & Sel’s cocktail cookie collection.
I’m like a little kid when it comes to cookies – I can’t be reasonable; I can’t have just one; and I can’t understand why you’re supposed to wait until dessert to eat them. It’s because I want cookies all the time that I wanted to create cocktail cookies, a legitimate reason to eat cookies before dinner. And when I came up with the idea for Smoky Chocolate Crackers, I hit the jackpot: these are great as a nibble with wine before a meal and just as great with cheese and wine après dinner.
I’ve always liked chocolate with a little heat, but knowing that I was creating these crackers for Valentine’s Day, I wanted something even more surprising. I wanted something mysterious and when I thought of smoke, I knew I’d found it. The haunting flavor is from smoked paprika, just enough of it to keep you coming back for more. I use mild paprika, but if you really want to heat things up, you can go for the hot variety. And if you want a little more mystery, go for smoked almonds.
The dough for these crackers is easiest to roll as soon as it’s mixed and easiest to cut when it’s frozen, which is a terrific bonus: you can roll the dough out, wrap it well and keep it in the freezer, at the ready, for up to 2 months. Because you cut and bake the crackers straight from the freezer, this means you can have these treats on the spur-of-the-moment. And, since you never know when love might come calling, it’s good to be prepared. Get the recipe here!
Written on January 28, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Lauren Brennan
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share with you all a fun, fast and delicious recipe I found on BHG for No-Drip Chocolate Dip. This sweet and chocolatey treat is perfect for parties, special snacks or an intimate dessert for two and can be made well in advance. Plus, easy enough for the novice chef.
I made this dip with my 3 year old for a fun afternoon of Valentine card making.
Here’s how you make it:
Once the chocolate is completely smooth and melted, stir in a can of sweetened condensed milk. After you stir this in, the mixture will be a weird very thick texture. This is totally normal! Just keep stirring.
I served mine with strawberries, bananas, apples and cubes of rice krispie treats but anything you have on hand would be tasty. Did I mention this is a great way to eat fruit? Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate!