Chocolate, Dessert, Valentine's Day

last minute valentine: chocolate dipped strawberries

February 14, 2015



if you’re the super last minute valentine, you can still pull off a sweet treat before tonight.

for about $5 and 5 minutes, you can pick up a $2.50 package of strawberries and buy about $2.50 worth of dark chocolate wafers/chips form the bulk foods section and whip up these delicious chocolate covered strawberries.

wash the strawberries thoroughly, and fully pat dry with paper towel. melt dark chocolate in small dish in microwave. carefully dip the strawberries in the chocolate, and lay on silpat or parchment paper to set. you can leave them on the counter or chill in the fridge to quicken it up. 

anyone would be happy to receive these little gems, and they pair perfectly with champagne or red wine. 

happy love day!


Brownies, Chocolate, Dessert, Valentine's Day, Wheat Free

flourless two-bite brownies

February 13, 2015

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these little two-bite brownies are a replica of the way too addictive version you can buy in stores. the small, dense and chewy brownies are usually the first to go at any sort of get together. 

this weekend you might find yourself with some extra chocolate, or wanting to make some homemade valentine treats. These are perfect for sharing, and contain no flour, perfect for any sensitive valentine’s you might have, like me.

the recipe is simple, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. you can leave ’em plain, or top them with some coconut chocolate frosting, with the tempered chocolate from the other day. simply add 1/2 a can of coconut cream to the melted, smooth chocolate and mix together. refrigerate for an hour or two before frosting. 

there’s still time left to make these before valentines day, so go ahead and sweeten someones day. 

happy valentines day everyone! 

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mini brownies

Flourless two-bite brownies
Yields 15
mini flourless two-bite brownies, chewy and dense.
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  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 8 ounces dark chocolate (chopped, or chips)
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a mini-muffin pan with coconut oil or other cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in microwavable dish until melted. Add chocolate and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sift together the cocoa powder and corn starch in a small bowl then add into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Using a handheld blender, beat the batter for about one-two minutes, batter should be smooth and shiny.
  6. Using a small ice-cream scoop, pour batter into prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes, until brownie tops are shiny. Remove from oven to cool.
  8. You can eat these plain, or top with dairy-free coconut chocolate whipped cream and a raspberry.
Adapted from david lebowitz
Adapted from david lebowitz
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how to: temper chocolate

February 9, 2015

valentines day means all. the. chocolate. 

actually, every day means all the chocolate. valentine’s day is just a socially acceptable outlet to gorge on brightly foil wrapped chocolates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

seeing as how it lands on a saturday this year, you really can eat it all day long.

Adam and I have already decided our big valentine’s day plans. same agenda as last year: sushi order in + movie.

the best. 

i haven’t done much baking lately, but thought i would offer up a scrumptious and easy no-bake valentine treat for you and your sweet (or just you).

the first step is making tempered chocolate. tempering chocolate can be a real big pain. the chocolate can seize, and it can burn. no one is happy when all the chocolate is gone. 

i remember seeing this tip a long time ago, but had yet to try it. you can easily melt / temper chocolate in your food processor. the chocolate is heated up slowly by the friction and melted into a shiny chocolate liquid. 

now, if you don’t have the time you can easily melt chocolate in 1-minute intervals in the microwave, however this process is relatively painless and easy as well. in about 10 minutes the chocolate has returned to its deep silky liquid state. 

i used extra large dark chocolate chips, but you can also chop up a block of dark chocolate and add it to the food processor. 

stay tuned for what you do next for a no-bake valentine treat. 



tempered chocolate
tempered chocolate using a food processor
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  1. 1 cup dark chocolate (chips, chopped block)
  1. add dark chocolate to the food processor.
  2. process for 1-2 minutes, and scrape down bowl.
  3. continue process, scraping down bowl every 1-2 minutes for a total of 10 minutes.
  4. once chocolate forms a ball, slice it in half and continue until smooth chocolate forms.
  5. use in baking, frostings and more.
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