My bf and I are cooking for valentines day at his place. I had wanted to make chocolate souflet but then. Realized he doesn't have a food mixer. Do you have any ideas for a yummy chocolate desert I can make with no mixer?
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First thing that came to mind: truffles. Here's a recipe from Food52 with good notes on technique, if you need them.
You could also use the ganache as a layer of filling in a dolled-up ice cream sandwich with chocolate cookies. Most (chewy textured drop cookies or roll and cut out) cookies will come out fine mixed by hand. Happy V-Day!
chocolate mousse is pretty easy to whip-up by hand...
This is one of my go-to cakes when I need something make-ahead and fabulous: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-food-desserts-molten-chocolate-cake,0,875423.story The recipe makes 7 (!) servings, halve it and make 3 generous portions. It calls for a hand mixer, but you can easily whisk the eggs and sugar together. Make the batter hours ahead and then bake them right before you want to eat!
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My husband's all time favorite dessert is chocolate pots de creme. Here is my recipe:
If you or your boyfriend don't like the spices, you can use whatever you do like.
How about brownies? They are easy to make and don't require a mixer. They can be dressed up with a bit of creme fraiche or ice cream or fresh berries.
Here are some of the brownie recipes on the food52 site:
My favorite brownie recipe is Milk Chocolate Brownies. It was published in Gourmet magazine a few years ago. http://www.epicurious.com... So easy, and very delicious.
Or you could make the Chocolate Dump It Cake, a recipe created by Amanda's mother. It is chocolately and very good: http://events.nytimes.com...
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Does he have a blow torch? Bananas sliced like scallops..with a bit of of a bias. Dipped in sugar on the top only..placed on foil and a sheet pan..then carmalize the sugar to melt with the torch..really melt it to a toasted color, it should harden up like a cream burlee crust. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup on the plate and some berries for color.