With Valentine's just around the corner I start to plan what menu items will I offer what should I teach in my classes, what will I do for my husband. to be honest it is one of the few occasion's I don't have to cook a big meal, we typically go out for a special dinner. I love looking over all the special menus that are planned for this holiday and take the opportunity to try new and exciting things. As with everything else this year will be different. I expect to spend this holiday at home. Not be able to go out an enjoy the festive menus doesn't mean I can have some amazing food, it just means I will be making it this year.
in order to not spend the entire day cooking I m planning a simple elegant desserts. I love this recipe, it is simple enough for all levels of ability and can be elevated an adjusted to meet your prosomal preferences. Its a fundamental chocolate truffle recipe.
Although chocolate can be intimidating it doesn't have to be. This recipe allows you to test your hand a chocolate without breaking the bank or taking up to much time. You can turn this into a romantic date night activity, a "Galantines" night( just add a wine!), or a fun family activity! This recipe calls for three ingredients, all of which can be substituted or adjusted to your preferences. this recipe Calls for canned coconut milk, semi-sweet chocolate, and powdered sugar.
Lets start with substitutions for the coconut milk, you can use heavy cream or coconut cream for this. I know silk makes a heavy cream alternative but I have not tried it because I am allergic to soy. Next is the chocolate, use your favorite brand I prefer Guittard chocolate. If you like a sweeter taste swap the semi sweet chocolate for milk, or do have milk and have semi-sweet if you want it a little sweeter but not all the way to milk chocolate sweet. These are pretty dark, so you may need to adjust to your preferences. The last substitution option is for the powdered sugar, if your daring you can swap this with cocoa powder. That may be to rich for even me. Those of you looking for a middle ground can do half cocoa powder and half powdered sugar mixed together. If you want to be more fun and festive use sprinkles to coat you truffles.
If you are comfortable with chocolate step up this recipe by infusing your cream with your favorite berry, tea, or spice if your are feeling adventurous. Dip your formed truffles in melted chocolate and top with festive sprinkles or a chocolate drizzle.
As you can see this recipe has some many options to expand your creativity and allows for flexibility for special dietary request. This recipe can actually be Vegan if you use the right brand of chocolate and powdered sugar.
Chef Amanda Rose has been working in the culinary arts industry for over 10 years. She has a passion for this business and now includes teaching in her culinary tool box.