February brings the deep desire for chocolate…oh okay and maybe love. Ha! As kids came on the scene we have spent less time and money on gifts for each other as a couple and more on showering love through the whole house. We do little gifty things, but we also like to create a fun Valentine’s dinner as a family. We want to share three chocolate recipes that are sure to impress.
The Best Chocolate Sauce Recipe
After a whirlwind tour through France we could not stop thinking about an amazing chocolate sauce we had served over profiteroles. It was piping hot and was brought to the table in a little pitcher and poured over THE most divine dessert I have ever tasted. In an effort to recreate that culinary experience we did some digging to find the best chocolate sauce recipe.
Ingredients are simple: 5.5 ounces of dark cooking chocolate (at least 70% chocolate so it’s not too sweet) and 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. of full cream milk.
Method also simple: finely chop all of the chocolate and place into a heatproof bowl. In a small pot on the stovetop heat up the milk until just boiling, then remove from heat immediately. Pour the milk directly over the chopped chocolate and wait 30 seconds before you stir with a spatula. Continue to stir until all chocolate is melted, shiny and glossy. *If the chocolate does not melt fully, put the heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water to create a double boiler.
Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
With three teenagers in our house we keep quality protein powders (we are partial to Clean Simple Eats) at the ready so we can make sure everyone gets a good start to the day. While we don’t typically promote chocolate for breakfast, this recipe is sure to be the best way to get your kids out the door and ready to tackle the day.
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
- 1 small banana
- 2 Tbsp of peanut butter or other nut butter
- 1 Cup of milk or almond milk
Add all ingredients to a high power blender and blend until smooth.
Chocolate Chess Pie
If you are looking for a quick but impressive chocolate dessert consider this classic chess pie, which we swiped from and old Angus Barn recipe. If you are pressed for time you can always use a pre-made pie crust. The remainder ingredients are quick to throw together. The best thing about this pie is the big chocolate punch it packs.
- Pie crust
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 ounces of baker’s semi sweet chocolate (2 squares)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and chocolate together on stovetop over medium low heat and allow to cool for a bit. Meanwhile blend the other ingredients together in a bowl. Slowly mix the two together with a whisk until well combined. Pour batter into unbaked pie crust and bake in 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. We enjoy ours with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of homemade whipped cream!
Recipes to Impress
Your house will be smelling grand and the loves you share it with will be singing your praises this February. Time to do some shopping and get prepping for these chocolate recipes to impress!