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Thread: Decadent Valentine Deserts

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    Senior Member Nancy Ingham's Avatar
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    Decadent Valentine Deserts

    Chocolate Truffles
    Recipe courtesy Mark Bittman
    Total Time: 1 hr 55 min Prep: 20 min | Inactive Prep: 1 hr 30 min | Cook: 5 min
    Level: Easy
    Yield: About 1 1/2 cups ganache or 24 truffles

    Ingredients

    7/8 cup heavy cream
    8 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    Unsweetened cocoa powder, as needed

    Directions

    Heat cream in a pot until it steams. Put chocolate in a bowl, pour hot cream on top, and stir until chocolate is melted and incorporated into cream.
    Chill until solid all the way through, 1 to 2 hours. Using a chilled melon baller or latex gloves to prevent the ganache from melting or sticking to your hands, scoop out about a tablespoonful and quickly roll it into a ball. Repeat, lining truffles on a plate or a baking sheet.
    If truffles become too soft to handle, place them in refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes. Roll them in cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar or a mixture of sugar and ground cinnamon. Serve immediately or store, wrapped in plastic, in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
     
    Per piece (24)-Calories: 80-Total Fat: 7 grams-Saturated Fat: 4 grams-Protein: 1 gram
    Total carbohydrates: 5 grams-Sugar: 4 grams-Fiber: 1 gram-Cholesterol: 12 milligrams
    Sodium: 3 milligrams
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    Mocha Truffle Cheesecake
    Surprise your 'honey' with this luscious dessert – coffee flavored cheesecake topped with white chocolate and sour cream.
    Prep Time 35 Minutes. Total Time 5 Hrs. Makes 16 servings

    Crust

    2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
    1/3 cup butter, melted

    Filling

    8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
    2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
    2/3 cup sugar
    3 eggs
    2 (8-oz.) containers sour cream
    4 teaspoons instant coffee granules or crystals
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    teaspoon salt
    44 square milk chocolate truffles with a smooth filling (from three 3.5-oz. pkg.)

    Topping

    4 oz. white chocolate baking bar
    1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
    Heat oven to 350F. In medium bowl, combine crust ingredients; mix well. Press in
    bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of ungreased 10-inch springform pan.
    Melt bittersweet chocolate as directed on package. Cool 5 minutes or until slightly
    cooled. In large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar; beat until smooth. Add eggs
    1 at a time, beating just until blended. Add cooled chocolate; mix well. Add 2
    containers sour cream, instant coffee granules, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Stir
    in 36 of the truffles. Pour into crust-lined pan.
    Bake at 350F. for 45 to 55 minutes or until edges are set. Turn off oven; let stand in
    oven with door slightly ajar for 10 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes.
    Refrigerate 3 hours or until chilled.
    Before serving, remove sides of pan. Melt white chocolate baking bar as directed on
    package. Add about half of the container of sour cream; beat until smooth. Stir in
    remaining sour cream. Spread over top of cooled cheesecake.
    Cut remaining 8 truffles in half diagonally. Place cut side down around edge of
    cheesecake.
    Makes 16 servings
    Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 550-(Calories from Fat 360)-Total Fat 40g (Saturated Fat 24g,)-Cholesterol 105mg-Sodium 290mg-Total Carbohydrate 41g (Dietary Fiber 1g-Sugars 35-Protein 7g-Percent Daily Value*: Exchanges: 2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 8 Fat.
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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    They sound yummy. Thanks. I think I gained 5 pounds just reading the recipes.

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    Mark Bittman is just a wonderful person.. Love his recipes .. thanks for sharing !
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