Sweets For Your Sweet

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand. You could enjoy that heart-shaped box filled with truffles or you can make a tasty dessert for your sweetheart. Here are two decadent recipes from Ghirardelli you might want to try:

 

chocolate souffle 

Individual Chocolate Souffles

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons milk
  • 1 egg yolk? and 2 egg whites

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350 F. Brush two 1 1/2-cup or four 1/2-cup ovenproof ramekins with butter; dust bottom and sides with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. In double boiler over hot water, melt chocolate with milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cool for 5 minutes. Whisk egg yolk into chocolate mixture. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; add remaining 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. With rubber spatula, fold one-fourth of egg whites into chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining egg whites. Divide between prepared ramekins. (Soufflés may be prepared ahead up to this point and refrigerated for up to 2 hours. Bake straight from refrigerator, adding 3 minutes to baking time.) Bake 20 minutes for large ramekins and 15 minutes for small ramekins. Remove soufflés from oven, dust tops with powdered sugar, using a heart-shaped stencil if desired.

 

chocolate cheesecake hearts

 

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts

 

INGREDIENTS

For Cheesecake:

  • 2 cups Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 4 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs (for cheesecake)
  • 1/2 cup raspberry puree (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (for cheesecake)

For Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 4 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted

For Puree:

  • 1 (10 – 12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar

For Chocolate Ganache (Optional):

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream

For Garnish (Optional):

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 8 ounce Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 8 ounce Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat over to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). To prepare crust, in a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the chocolate graham crackers, ground almonds, and sugar and mix until combined. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and set aside. To prepare the puree, combine raspberries and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to boil, and continue boiling 3-5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds and set aside. To prepare cheesecake, in a small pot over low heat, bring the whipping cream to just boiling. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir until smooth. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and ¾ cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Remove approximately 1 ½ cup of this batter and place into a smaller bowl and add ½ cup raspberry puree. Blend until combined. Add the melted chocolate to the remaining batter and mix until combined. Pour the chocolate cheesecake batter into the pan. Very carefully layer the raspberry cheesecake mixture on top of the chocolate mixture. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool in pan, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold before removing from pan. If desired, top cooled cheesecakes with one or a combination of the garnishes below.

 

Chocolate Ganache: In a small pot over low heat, bring the heavy cream and butter to just boiling. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir until smooth. Pour over cold cheesecake to form ganache layer, or drizzle over the cold cheesecake. Refrigerate until it is set. Raspberry Puree: Pour remaining raspberry puree over cold cheesecakes. White Chocolate: In double boiler over hot water, melt the white chocolate until smooth. Drizzle over cold cheesecakes. Refrigerate until it is set. Fresh raspberries on top or served on the side. Note: To make the individual heart shape cheesecakes, prepare the recipe as directed using a 13 x9 inch pan instead of a springform pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. After the cheesecake cools, cut out the hearts using a metal heart shaped cookie cutter.

 


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