Monday, June 4, 2018

Chocolate Deliciousness

The other night I took dinner to a friend who had recently suffered a loss. Comfort food was the order of the day, and, to me, nothing is more comforting than Roast Beef with Red Eye Gravy, mashed potatoes, Smothered Green Beans, and a decadent dessert. I looked at a number of recipes before I came up with this one. When my friend's eyes rolled back into her head upon tasting it, I knew I had a winner. You can skip the espresso powder if you don’t have any on hand and don’t want to buy some (although this is as much of a staple in my kitchen as is anything, because it enhances the flavor of so many dishes), but do use this combination of chocolate chips. Combining semi-sweet and bittersweet gives it a rich and decadent flavor. This one’s a winner! 
Chocolate Deliciousness

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) prepared shortbread crust (see recipe below)

In microwave dish combine chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of the heavy cream.

Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Stir in sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat the remaining cream until soft peaks form. Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in chocolate mixture, a little at a time. Carefully spoon into crust.

Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving.
Shortbread Crust

1 11.3-oz. pkg. pecan shortbread cookies
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 375° F. Place shortbread cookies into the work bowl of a food processor, and pulse until finally ground. Poor butter in through feed tube and pulse until combined. Empty into a 9-inch springform pan, and pat evenly along the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool.

Another delicious no-bake dessert is this decadent (and decadently easy) Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert.

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Debrashoppeno5 said...

I must have gained 10 pounds reading the ingredients. This recipe sounds out of this world good.

judee said...

This looks beyond delicious. I wouldn't mind a slice of this chocolate deliciousness! Thanks for sharing this relatively easy but amazing recipe

Linda said...

Pattie, you are a genius for sure! I just visited your Smothered Green Beans post and saved it. This recipe looks amazing, and I'm going to try it for my daughter, who at age 43 suddenly declared she no longer liked "pudding" made with egg desserts (her favorite up to this point was a pudding-based ice box chocolate cream pie), so this one should please her! And the crust sounds out of this world.
Where do you get your espresso powder?

Amy said...

This looks soooo good. I love the combination of chocolate and also the Shortbread Crust. Pinned. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon.