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Impress Your Loved One With These Valentine's Chocolate Goodies
Nothing beats a Valentine’s gift that’s homemade – especially if that gift happens to involve chocolate.
We’ve got two recipes here for you that are guaranteed to please: chocolate truffles and flourless chocolate cake. Whether you decide to make one or both doesn’t matter – serving up either dessert on Valentine’s night will make look like the ultimate romantic.
Don’t worry if you’ve no experience in the kitchen, we’ve laid everything out step-by-step and included videos so you can’t go wrong.
Leave the flowers in the petrol station, the jewellery at Argos and the pizza at Pizza Express, it’s time to really impress your loved one.
Easy Chocolate Truffles
We’ve all heard the saying ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. It’s true. And it’s true for a lot of woman too. Trust us. Serve up these chocolate truffles to your loved one and tell us we’re wrong. They’re impossible to resist.
What you need:
- 200ml Double Cream
- 200g chocolate of choice (we used 100g milk and 100g dark to avoid making the truffles overly sweet)
- 50g unsalted butter
- Toppings of choice (we used pistachios, mixed nuts and coconut)
What you need to do:
1. Pour the cream and butter into a saucepan and warm it up nice and gently, bringing it to a simmer.
2. Chop up the chocolate into chunks.
3. Once the cream is simmering, remove it from the heat and add in the chocolate. Mix well until the ingredients have combined. If you want to make this a boozy treat, now is the perfect time to pour in a little brandy or whiskey.
4. Line a baking tin with parchment and pour in the mixture. Pop it into the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours, until it’s firm but not solid.
5. Roll the mixture into balls and then roll each one into your chosen toppings. Put them back into the fridge until fully firmed up and serve.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Love is in the air, everywhere I look around. Love is in the air, every sight and every sound. Or at least it will be after you’ve made this chocolate cake for your loved one.
Gluten free, flour free and vegetarian – it’s the cake that can do no wrong. Make this and put yourself firmly in the good books for the foreseeable future.
What you need:
- 300g dark chocolate (200g for recipe 100g for shavings)
- 250g golden caster sugar
- 200g unsalted butter, cubed – plus extra for greasing
- 6 large (or 7 medium) free range eggs
- 1 tsp instant coffee powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 70g cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting
For the topping…
- 200ml crème fraiche
- 255g berries
- 1 tbsp plain chocolate, grated
- Icing sugar for dusting
What you need to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 160°C / 320°F / gas3.
2. Grease a 23cm springform cake tin with butter and line with greaseproof paper.
3. Rest a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water on a medium-low heat.
4. Break in the chocolate and roughly chop up the butter. Add both to the glass bowl and melt, stirring until smooth and glossy.
5. Once the chocolate has melted, carefully remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the coffee. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
6. Separate the egg yolks and whites between two large bowls. Whisk the egg whites for 1-2 minutes until soft peaks form.
7. Add the sugar to the egg yolks and beat for around 7 minutes, or until pale. Sift in the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt and gently fold through.
8. Stir in the melted chocolate into the egg yolk mix, followed by the egg whites. Fold until smooth.
10. Transfer to the prepared tin and place in the oven for around 1 hour, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
11. Allow to cool completely. Serve with a dusting of cocoa powder and fresh berries.
Nothing beats a Valentine’s gift that’s homemade – especially if that gift happens to involve chocolate. We’ve got two recipes here for you that are guaranteed to please: chocolate truffles and flourless chocolate cake.