Brace yourselves faithful followers, Valentine’s day is coming. Whether you love or hate this holiday, remember that this is your golden opportunity to spend a romantic evening with that special someone… OR get completely smashed with your single friends and drunk text your ex “wE souhld totallly getback 2gether maaaaan” at 4AM. Whoever you are, you deserve to treat yourself and the ones you love with something sweet this February 14th. This recipe is so simple, you can make it while wearing a sexy silk scarf over your eyes… OR while trying to walk in a straight line after one too many vodka tonics.
Ingredients (yields a dozen mini pies):
- 12 ready-made store bought mini pie crusts
- 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup of 35% whipping cream, chilled
- 2 tsp of white sugar
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
- topping of your choice (fresh berries, nuts, etc.)
Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the mini pie crusts (with the tins still on) on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. In the meantime, melt your chocolate chips in a water bath (see below for instructions). Remove the mini pie crusts from the oven and the melted chocolate from the water bath. Add 1 heaping tsp of melted chocolate to each pie crust. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until the chocolate has solidified but is still soft to the touch. Meanwhile, add the whipping cream, the sugar and the vanilla to a mixing bowl, and whisk until peaks form (you can use an electric hand mixer or a whisk). Add 1 heaping Tbsp of whipped cream on top of each mini pie and smooth it out with a butter knife. Add the topping of your choice and serve.
N.B. If you’re preparing these in advance, keep them refrigerated and leave them on your counter at room temperature an hour before serving. When left too long in the refrigerator, the chocolate hardens quite a bit and becomes difficulty to bite into.
Water bath: Add about 2 inches of water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Select an oven proof bowl that is slightly bigger than your sauce pan and place it on top of the boiling water. Add your chocolate chips and mix until completely melted. The heat from the steam will make the bowl hot enough to melt your chocolate without burning it.
Music: Now it wouldn’t be Valentine’s day without a cute cheesy love song. “Finding something to do” from the band Hellogoodbye is all about growing old with someone and well… always finding something to do. Enjoy!