While it might seem trite to associate chocolate with Valentine's Day, in my eyes that is okay. What isn't there to love about a day that is filled with chocolate? To inspire you, here are five decadent recipes laced with cocoa. Enjoy!
CHOCOLATE GANACHE TART WITH CHOCOLATE OLIVE OIL CRUST
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons ice water
14 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
Maldon sea salt for garnish
To make crust, place flour, olive oil, sugar, salt and eggs in a bowl. Mix together. Slowly add the eggs and water and form into a disk. Place into plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Once chilled place dough onto a flouredsurface. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough until it is 1/8 inch thick. Gently lay onto a tart pan*. Poke holes into the bottom of crust. Bake for 15 minutes until crust is just set. Let cool completely.
For ganache, place heavy cream into a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and place chocolate into a bowl. Bring cream to a simmer. Pour over chocolate and let set for 5 minutes, then whisk together and add salt. Pour into cooled tart shell and refrigerate until set. Let come to room temperature before serving. Sprinkle generously with sea salt.
*Tart pan sizes can vary. This recipe can make one large tart recipe or 4
*Photography & Styling by Alison