Friday 21 December 2012

White Chocolate Coeur le Creme and Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Bark!!

Family favorite every Christmas! This is over the top yummy!

4 ounces white chocolate
8 ounces cream cheese
1 1/4 whipped cream
1/2 c. sugar
1 T orange liqueur

Line a heart shaped mold with dampened  cheeseclolth that is large enough to fit over the top of the mold. ( you can make a large mold or individual.

In the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate over barely simmering water. Cool.

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/4 c. of the cream and beat again until smooth.

Beat in the chocolate, sugar and orange liqueur.

In another bowl, beat the whipping cream. Fold cream and chocolate mixture together.

Spoon mixture into the mold and fold cheesecloth over the top. Put mold on a rack, over paper towels in the refrigerator, for at least 8 hours.

Before serving, pull back the cheesecloth and invert on a platter. Carefully remove cheesecloth.

Serve with raspberry coulis. A coulis (koo-lee) is French, a thick sauce made from pureed and strained fruit or vegetables. Commonly used on meat, vegetable or dessert dishes.

Raspberry coulis

1-10 ounce pkg. raspberries, partially thawed
2-3 T sugar (or to taste)
1 T Kirsch

Puree  berries in a food processor, add sugar and process again. Work through a fine sieve to remove seeds if desired.

Our Five Goooolllden Rings!
Yes, it's five days to Christmas!! Yippeee! I can hardly wait! I am one who loves to watch my loved ones open their gifts and often am sitting with a big smile as I watch the delight of their faces when they open something special I have made, designed or planned! Wee Bear and I are all set, we just need to wrap a few more gifts and I need to put a couple more stitches in a project and bring on the "first ring"!! (Well the first ring may already be consumed!!)


As promised I made one more of my traditional Holiday sweets yesterday and wanted to share with you. We are blessed to be invited to five parties from today to Tuesday. Wee Bear and I are really having a great time with friends and family this holiday season! I made a delicious treat to give to the host and hostess of each!!! I am also making my delicious vegetable beef soup, putting it into canning jars, tying a beautiful ribbon around it. Perfect for them to heat up for a lunch while wrapping gifts this weekend. (March 22, 2012 blog)

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark

1 c. plus 2 T. granulated sugar
9 ounces Marcona almonds, coursely chopped
1 lb. bittersweet chocolate

No brainer!
Make the brittle:

Line a heavy duty rimmed baking sheet with foil. Put the sugar in a heavy sauce pan and add 1/4 cup water, swirl, DO NOT stir, to moisten. Cover and boil over high heat until the edges start to turn golden, about 4 minutes. Remove lid and cook until the carmel is a deep amber REALLY WATCH IT!! 3-4 minutes. 

Stir in half of the coursely chopped almonds and pour the mixture into the prepared baking sheet. Cool to room temperature.

When cool, peel the brittle off the foil and chop coarsely, then sift. The dust will make the chocolate too sweet.

Make the bark:

Line another rimmed baking sheet with foil. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stir to make sure it is smooth. Add the brittle and spread into the prepared pans. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

I made a double batch, lots of parties this weekend! I hope it makes it....I just want to wrap my body in this luscious shiny chocolate!

Turn it out on a cutting board, remove foil and break into rustic pieces. It will keep in refrigerator for a week.

So do you remember the Sugar cookies "Sweet One" (Amy) made last week? She delivered a beautifully decorated box to her neighbors, friends and loved ones. Wee Bear and I were lucky enough to be included on her list..........and well, they are delicious, and the best I have ever wrapped my lips around.......not to mention beautiful!! Well, I am re-purposing the box! Yes, tonight she will be surprised, when we show up for a Holiday party, with her box full of  Bittersweet chocolate bark!! Perfect!

Yes....that would be the resident 4 legged foodie! Moose!
Crunch time! The time to put all of that holiday planning into motion! Holiday parties are in full swing, which means gifts are being exchanged, conversation is cheerful... and tasty food and cocktails are being served at every turn.  From finger food and cocktails to fancy sit-down dinners, it is time to gather around the family table. I hope my draft of ideas on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 has helped and you are closing in on being ready on Monday!

My nieces and nephews, extended family! I love them so much, they are always putting together a dinner or event! Love it! Love this life! The blurrr is the friendly Christmas spirit! (rain drop hehehe Washington!!LOL)

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  1. All these desserts look amazing. Those white chocolate treats must be worth the 8 hours you have to wait!

  2. The White Chocolate Coeur le Creme....amazing. I saw these on your Facebook page, and had to come over to get a closer look! Cream cheese, white chocolate, and orange liqueur....heaven! :)
    ~Joy from Yesterfood


    1. Thanks Joy! It is a great one for Valentines as well!! Cheers!


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