Chocolate is, for lovers, a real joy for the palate, and on the occasion of the feast of lovers it takes on a very special meaning: the tradition of giving your sweetheart a box of chocolates to taste has been widespread for years. together on the evening of February 14th .
Worried about your diet ?
In fact, in small doses chocolate , in particular dark chocolate or modica chocolate , is a real panacea for the body and mood (it has in fact been ascertained that it stimulates the production of endorphins).
So what's better than treating yourself to a little pleasure for Valentine's Day like that given by chocolates ?
This year why not surprise your partner by making them with your own hands! Fortunately it is a type of dessert that leaves ample room for imagination, from the most classic combinations to the most extravagant ones.
For the chocolate
- 250 grams of dark chocolate (if you don't like the particularly bitter taste, but want a sweeter and healthier alternative, you can try adding erythritol, a natural sugar at 0 Kcal).
- 50 grams of milk chocolate
- Nuts (hazelnuts or almonds)
- Spices (chilli, cinnamon, nutmeg
Break up the chocolate bar and melt it in a bain-marie; for a more uniform liquefaction and a smooth and shiny surface of the chocolates, it is best to chop it into thin flakes and make sure that the temperature never exceeds 31 ° C; better to have a kitchen thermometer!
Always melt the milk chocolate in a bain-marie
Chop the almonds or walnuts in a mixer to obtain a medium-fine granulation flour, simply mix them with the melted milk chocolate; If you like to experiment with spicy flavors, you can add some chili powder or cinnamon.
Prepare the molds for the chocolates or, alternatively, those used to prepare the ice, brushing a first layer of melted dark chocolate inside each shape. Wait until it is completely dry and then brush a second layer, so as to form the shiny shell of the chocolates.
- Then pour the mixture of the dried fruit and milk chocolate filling into molds brushed with fondant coccolato.
Add the melted dark chocolate on top with a teaspoon to close everything.
Leave to solidify for a couple of hours and remove them by gently beating the edge of the mold against the surface of the table covered with a cloth.
Et voilà, perfect homemade chocolates: get ready to amaze and enchant at the first bite!
To give a romantic touch that is well suited to the occasion, they can be placed in refined red or pink cups and placed in a heart-shaped box.