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Sunday, July 29, 2012

How to "Fake" A Fancy Dessert



I don't know about you, but I love dessert and I like for it to look pretty (if possible), but I really don't like to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. Well, last week Jamie and I were craving another dessert but didn't have time to make it. It requires several steps and we were looking for something quick and here is what we came up with:
I had seen several links on Pinterest for making chocolate bowls using balloons that were dipped in melted chocolate. After reading quite a few stories on how some of the balloons burst and chocolate went everywhere I got a little nervous to try them. If I were back in VA I would have given it a try but seeing how we are still at my parents house, I was pretty sure my dad would die if he walked in to find balloons bursting with melted chocolate spraying all over his kitchen! I had seen somewhere where a person had made a chocolate bowl with cupcake liners so I figured I would play around with that and give that a try. Well, they were a lot of fun and super easy!

First we got one of those bags of chocolate candy that you can find pretty much anywhere. We got ours at Michael's. I am pretty sure you could just melt chocolate chips too, though if you wanted. We just put ours in a bowl and popped it in the microwave for about 25 seconds then stirred it, then 25 more seconds, then stirred, and so on until it was nicely melted.
 (Yes, that is a paint brush next to the spoon - I will explain that in a minute.)
   

Now plop a nice big spoonful into the cupcake liner.

Now use the brush and kind of tilt the cupcake liner to the side and "paint" the sides. You want it to be pretty thick. And don't worry - this isn't a yucky old paintbrush! =) I bought this little brush in the baking aisle at Michael's.

Now set them in a muffin/cupcake tin and pop them in the freezer.

After about 30 minutes or so you can pull them out and just peel off the paper.

Now for the mousse! I just used a mix - I told you this was easy!

I followed the directions on the box and mixed it up.

Now you could just spoon it like that into the chocolate bowls but I wanted to have a little fun with mine. Seeing how I had purchased this little set for the chocolate rosette cake I made I figured I might as well use it for this as well!


I added the mousse to the bag and then just piped it into the chocolate bowl (with some help from Lillie so it's not perfect!) =) and then added a few chocolate shavings and that was it!


We made a few with whipped cream on top too! Not exactly the most nutritious treat, but it was easy and sure was yummy!


I hope you all are having a great week so far!









22 comments:

  1. OK, I have a love/hate relationship with you and chocolate. That's all I am sayin.

    As for the tutorial on making those cups- oh how awesome! I bet those silicone ones would pop off easy too.

    Though you say easy - now easy to ME is making that mousse box and putting in parfait glasses....not making your OWN CHOCOLATE BOWLS!

    Easy, okaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy.

    I do not want chocolate. Keep telling myself I do not want it no way no how....go to a happy place.....no chocolate...no no no...NO chocolate.....well maybe.......yes......must have chocolate.....maybe even this minute now......oh dear sweet adorable husband of mine..........wanna go for yet another late night chocolate run for me please because of Jenn and her posts??????


    grrrrrr

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    1. Haha! Sorry, Michele! Chocolate always gets me in trouble too. =)

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  2. These desserts have the WOW FACTOR! I love things that make people do a double-take and yet are easy-peasy to make! Brilliant, Jennifer! I'm going to make these for sure!

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  3. What a great idea, I might just try this the next time we have friends over for dinner...yum!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Kat

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  4. I love your blog and everything you do.

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  5. That is a lovely dessert and it made me hungry just to look at it!

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  6. What a beautiful desert..I now need some chocolate..LOL

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  7. Thanks for the fun receipe - did you have to do anything to prevent the paper from sticking?

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    1. I didn't - the came out of the paper pretty easily. I think if you use the foil wrappers they work best but I am not positive on that.

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    2. Hi - do you mean you used the paper wrappers that have the foil wrapper on the outside of the paper wrapper or do you mean to try the foil wrappers alone without the paper? Thanks!

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    3. We used the ones that have the foil on the outside and it worked well but I think the foil alone would work even better.

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    4. Thanks! Will let you know if I get a chance to try soon (may be a while though!)

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  8. Oh Yummy! What a great idea and it seems so much easier than dipping balloons in chocolate and hoping for the best. Now I'm going to have an incurable chocolate craving...;)

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  9. Oh I love this idea, looks so pretty and yummy

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  11. Well it certainly is interesting...

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  12. I am a Spanish girl who does not understand English very well, you could install the translator bar for me to understand well your tickets. Thanks also congratulate you on your home is beautiful. maria Bss

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    1. Hi - I just added the translate bar for Jenni. You can find it on the right sidebar below Jenni's profile.

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  13. YUM! I'm not big on chocolate but these look so good (and easy!). Pretty for a fun dinner party too :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. I am so craving chocolate now! ;)

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