Valentine’s recipes

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake is made without any flour and trust me, you will never miss it. This is a dessert everyone seems to love whenever I make it. This is  also a great dessert option for those who can’t tolerate gluten. The texture is dense, but not heavy. With only 5 ingredients, it is also pretty simple to make.  While it can be baked in any cake pan, I chose a heart shaped pan this time. Once baked and cooled the cake can be served as is, or garnished with any number of things. Fresh berries are always a nice touch, or a light dusting of powdered sugar. Sometimes I’ll pipe some whipped cream around the edges.

 

Flourless Chocolate Cake

½ c. each sugar and water
1 stick butter
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate
6 eggs
¼ dark rum or other liqueur

Butter an eight inch cake pan and line with parchment. In saucepan heat together water and sugar until they boil. Stir in butter and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Beat in eggs until smooth and stir in rum. Pour batter into prepared pan and place pan in a roasting pan. Pour boiling water into roaster to come up sides of pan 1 inch. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45 minutes. Cool, invert onto plate.
Serve cake topped with whipped cream and decorate with raspberries, other fresh fruit or even toasted nuts. Dense and rich this cake serves 8-10.

Finished with powdered sugar and chocolate whipped cream

Finished with powdered sugar and chocolate whipped cream

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

I have always been a big fan of shortbread cookies. This Chocolate Shortbread Cookie ranks up there with one of my favorite cookies of all time. Not too sweet and that wonderful crumbly texture found in all really good shortbread cookies. I finish them of by either brushing them or dipping them in melted chocolate or making a sandwich cookie by holding 2 cookies together with melted bittersweet chocolate. Fun dessert anytime. Extra nice for Valentine’s Day. 

Chocolate Shortbread

1 c. butter, room temperature

3/4 c. sugar

2 c. flour

1/3 c. cocoa

1/4 t. salt

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Beat together butter and sugar until well blended. Mix together dry ingredients and slowly beat into butter mixture, stirring it in at the end. Roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters. Re-roll scraps and cut out the remaining dough. Place on an un-greased baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees until cookies are firm around the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.  Melt chocolate and dip cookies in it or use chocolate to hold 2 cookies together. Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on the size.