Category Archives: Chocolates

Oh YUM, Chocolate Strawberry Croissants

Happy National Croissant Day!

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How about a mouth-watering yummy dessert for your weekend pleasure? This one is not only extra-yummy but also reduced in calories and you would never know. If you really want something special to wow your family and friends, give this a try.

Delish Double Chocolate Strawberry Cream Croissants

Ingredients:

12 large Croissants

Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz. Philadephia Cream Cheese (regular or low fat, softened)
2 Tbsp Strawberry Preserves (w/Splenda)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
1/4 cup Mini-Chocolate Chips

Fresh Strawberries: (or sub with your favorite fresh fruit)
Fresh Strawberries (washed, sliced or chopped) (as many as you want)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
Vanilla Extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 Cup Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Cream (optional)

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1. Prepare Croissants:
Slice Croissants in half on large cookie sheet and toast face up in broiler until brown. Remove from oven to cool.

2. Prepare Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
Mix softened cream cheese in bowl with 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Preserves, 1 tsp. vanilla, Splenda to taste, mix well; add 1/4 cup of mini-chocolate chips, mix.

3. Prepare Fresh Strawberries:
Place sliced/chopped strawberries in bowl; add Spenda and Vanilla Extract and blend.

4. Assemble Croissants:
Spread strawberry-chocolate chip cream cheese mixture on bottom layer of each croissant; top with fresh strawberries; place croissant top on.

5. Place assembled croissants under broiler to brown top.

6. Prepare: Dark Chocolate Ganache: Melt chocolate chips in microwave; add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cream, mix until smooth.

7. Spread or drizzle ganache on warm toasted croissants. Cool.

8. Grab a hot cup of your favorite tea or latte and bon appetit!

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Notes: You can use any kind of croissants or mini-broche for this recipe. I use the large Costco croissants which are yummy and fresh. All Splenda and low calorie ingredients can be substituted with regular ingredients. For a really quick version, you can use any Strawberry Cream Cheese and even frozen strawberries. Improvise to your own preference and taste. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Holiday, Chocolate & Yum

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Looking for decadent desserts for the holidays? Here are some inspiring and delish ideas:
8 Decadent Montreal Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Oh YUM Double Chocolate Soufflés

In my whirlwind weekend, I found a few minutes to create those amazing Cannoli’s (Jay’s fave; forthcoming post) and today I am creating this recipe “just because” it is chocolate (my fave)!  I love chocolate soufflés and mousse.  Watch for my upcoming Frozen Chocolate Mousse post too.  Give this try if you love gooey, oozing with yum chocolate! =}
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Double Chocolate Soufflés with Warm Fudge Sauce

Ingredients

Souffle:
Cooking spray
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
6 large egg whites

Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Preparation

Position oven rack to the lowest setting, and remove middle rack. Preheat oven to 425°.

To prepare the soufflés, lightly coat 6 (8-ounce) soufflé dishes with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.

Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add 1 1/4 cups milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk; remove from heat. Add 3 ounces chocolate; stir until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla and egg yolk.

Place egg whites in a large mixing bowl; beat at high speed with a mixer until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat). Gently fold one-fourth of egg whites into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Gently spoon mixture into prepared dishes. Sharply tap dishes 2 or 3 times on counter to level. Place dishes on a baking sheet; place baking sheet on the bottom rack of 425° oven. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove soufflés from oven). Bake 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the side of soufflé comes out clean.

To prepare sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, and 1 tablespoon flour; stir well with a whisk. Gradually add 1/2 cup milk, stirring well with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; add 1/2 ounce chocolate, stirring until smooth. Serve warm with soufflés.

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Source:  Southern Living – My Recipes

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