I’m very lucky: I have wonderful friends and family that, besides thinking I’m a bit crazy for this whole baking addiction of mine, still love me. And sometimes they even buy me stuff for me to play with. Like my grandpas who, a few months ago, bought me lovely heart shaped silicon molds that I had wanted to use since.
Now, don't get me wrong, I said it in my last post and I repeat it: I’m not a Valentine’s Day kind of person. Still I couldn’t resist making this simply yet beautiful chocolates hearts for my friends to share with.
I’m not a creative person either, if you want to see creativtiy you can go to my brother’s blog, he’s a painter, he’s creative. On the other hand, I tend to copy someone’s recipe and pray for it to work, that’s mostly all I do. So I’m not used to measure the ingredients when I make something on my own (because basically it never happens).
However, it kind of did happened this time, and I did not measure anything (great, I know). I did three types of very easy and quick chocolates (one wasn’t my idea, the rest I'll try to explain them as best as I can):
- Filled chocolates (the one I copied from here): I melted the dark chocolate (150 grams) with a bit of butter (75 grams). In another bowl I mixed 45 grams of grinded almonds, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of brandy. I put a first layer of chocolate, then another of the almond mixture and then I topped it all with chocolate. The result: beautiful and delicious!
- White and dark chocolates: this I have no idea how much chocolate I used. First I melted the white chocolate alone in the microwave. I covered only half of each little heart and I made sure that there was a thin layer of white chocolate on the walls. I let it rest in the fridge for about five minutes. Then I melted the dark chocolate and poured it in the molds. Yummy and the most beautiful ones from my point of view.
- Chocolates with almonds: I melted the dark chocolate (about 250 grams) with a bit of butter (about a tablespoon or two). Then I mixed it with about 150 ml of condensed milk and I added grinded almonds (probably about 20-30 grams). These were fantastic but they didn’t come out so beautifully as the other two.