Friday, December 20, 2013

Buy it or make it! More quick, but rich chocolate desserts for the holidays...

Still need a quick, but rich, chocolate dessert for the Holidays?

Make something easy, but decadent!

Flourless chocolate cake does not take long to make and requires minimal ingredients. Try these quick and easy recipes:

Hazelnut Flourless Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake - you could also replace the hazelnuts in this recipe with 1 cup of thawed, crushed raspberries or even try peanut butter or almond butter for a different flavour!

Raspberry Pie-in-a-Flourless-Chocolate-Cake PIECAKEN - make this recipe as is, or eliminate the pie and you will have a really large flourless chocolate cake.  Top with a flavoured whipped cream of your choice (i.e. cinnamon, a hazelnut syrup or any other flavour of coffee syrup, peppermint, ginger, maple, etc.).

Maple Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake  Oh yum!  Need I say more?

Change up any of these recipes by using organic coconut sugar instead of cane sugar, or replace the butter with organic coconut oil to make a vegan and dairy-free version.

Buy it and make it your own!

If you are really strapped for time, buy a dessert and just add a few finishing touches to make it your own!  President's Choice just launched a new 'Decadent" Flourless Chocolate Cake that is great for the chocolate lover.  It is a little on the sweet side, but tasty.  

If you want to add your own spin to it, whip up some whipped cream, add a little Peppermint flavouring to it and top the cake with a beautiful whipped topping. You could also change up the flavouring to cinnamon, pumpkin spice, ginger or any other festive flavour.  Or top it with a chocolate ganache (boil 1/2 cup of cream and pour over 8 ounces of milk or dark chocolate and stir until smooth - add 1 tbsp of corn syrup to add a shine - then pour over the cake and smooth out with a spatula and chill).

You can always buy a simple chocolate cheesecake or New York-style Cheesecake in the freezer section of your grocery store and add a fruit topping or the chocolate ganache that I mentioned above. Pile a bunch of chocolaty cookies or wafers on top and voila! a beautiful chocolate dessert is born.

The LoC Maria brand of crepes/wafers (see photo on the right) taste great and look fantastic on any cake or dessert. I bought these at Costco, but there are a number of different brands available at various stores. You might even find some coated in dark chocolate!


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