Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Chocolate Coeur a la Crème with Raspberry Sauce

Since the Holidays are coming, I thought you might enjoy a not too sweet, but still elegant dessert idea. Coeur a la Creme is a delicious, easy, make the night before, dessert. It can be romantic or fun for a party. If you don't have heart shaped coeur a la creme molds, you can use a small colander. Line it with the cheesecloth as directed. When it comes time to unmold, place it in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove it from the freezer and follow the instructions below. Slice the beautiful chocolate coeur into slices and serve with the raspberry sauce. Happy Holidays!

1/2 c heavy cream, divided
4 T dutch process Cocoa
1 T butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 t vanilla extract

Line two 1/2-cup coeur a la crème (heart shaped) molds or two 6-ounce custard cups with a double thickness of dampened cheesecloth, extending far enough beyond edges to encompass filling completely.
Combine 1/4 cup of the cream, cocoa and butter in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat; cool.
Place cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl and whip until smooth. Add cocoa mixture, blending well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often to completely homogenize the chocolate. Add remaining 1/4 cup cream; whip until blended. Spoon mixture into prepared molds. Smooth the tops of the mixture in the molds. Fold the cheesecloth over top. Place a wire rack in a tray with 2 inch sides; place molds on rack. Chill at least 6 hours or overnight.
To serve, gently remove the cheesecloth from the top of your Coeur a la crème and invert each mold onto a chilled dessert plate; remove the cheesecloth very carefully. Spoon Raspberry Sauce around the hearts.
Raspberry Sauce
Puree 1 cup fresh raspberries until smooth. Add 3 T powdered sugar and puree again.
Strain pureed berries through fine sieve into small bowl. Stir in 1 T Chambourd or Grand Marnier.
Grate a little bittersweet or white chocolate over the top for an additional flair.

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