Fluffy Chocolate Dessert with That Skinny Chick Can Bake!

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Welcome to day thirteen of our Valentine’s Day Celebration event! Today I have the last but not least guest post for you. I invited Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake to share a Valentine’s Day dessert with us.

She brought a Fluffy Chocolate Dessert that will leave you speechless. It’s creamy, it’s sweet and it’s delicious!

Liz and I met shortly after I started my blog. She was my mentor, if I may say so. Her posts are always full of tips and I have learned a great deal about baking from her. I always enjoy her Tuesday’s with Dorie where she shares French dishes. Liz has a wide array of treats and dishes. She has something for everyone. She belongs to many bloggers groups, she treats her book club to some amazing desserts and leaves us all wishing we could belong to it too! She is generous, funny and kind. I love her Better Than Miky Way Bars, her Heath Bar Blondies and her Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Shortbread. We both love white chocolate and cranberries. Lots in common as you can see. icon smile Fluffy Chocolate Dessert with That Skinny Chick Can Bake!

I asked Liz few questions and this is what she said…..

1. I started blogging because….baking has always been my passion and I wanted to share my favorite treats and sweets.


2. My favorite thing I’ve made and shared on my blog is….my Caramel Toffee Cheesecake. It was one of the most decadent desserts I’ve ever made. Even though the pictures weren’t top notch, it was picked up and shared by the Huffington Post. That was a thrill.


3. Top 3 things on my blog bucket list for this year are….gosh, that’s a tough one…mastering homemade pasta is all that comes to mind!


4. My favorite ingredient to bake/cook with is….white chocolate!


5. My plans for Valentine’s Day are…..just a quiet dinner at home. I think I’ll bake a flourless chocolate cake for the hubby.

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It is my sincere pleasure to guest post for my sweet, sweet friend, Anna, today! This is the place you want to be on Valentine’s Day. Anna always has some sort of deliciousness to share…so I decided to serve up a dessert that’s crunchy, creamy and sweet with you all.

You have one day, that’s 24 hours, folks, to run out and buy ALL the ingredients for this recipe! Your Valentine will be thrilled with the nutty pecan shortbread crust, followed by a decadent cream cheese layer topped with chocolate pudding, plus the healthy cloud of whipped cream. And look! I made chocolate curls…perfect ones! That’s a  first…my previous attempts were mediocre at best…and it was easier than I expected.
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To make the chocolate curls, I melted 3 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate with 1 tablespoon of shortening. I spread this out on the back of a sheet pan….nearly covering the whole surface. The layer should be thin, but not translucent. I popped it in the freezer for 2-3 minutes. My chocolate was a little too hard when I pulled it out, but it was curling consistency after a minute or so at room temperature. I took my bench scraper (but you could use a metal spatula with a very straight/sharped edged scooping end), to scrape off chocolate curls. Not every piece was perfect, but the leftover shards could still be used for garnishing. I found this technique on Pioneer Woman’s blog…and much more successful than my former method with a vegetable peeler.
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Back to the dessert. A foodie friend shared a photo for “Chocolate Yummy” from Epicurious. Well, I took one look and had to track down the recipe. I didn’t tweak it much at all…this dessert was decadent perfection already. The vanilla was added or upped in most layers and I used more powdered sugar in my whipped cream topping. Let me tell you, this is one heavenly dessert. Even my picky daughter approved. I hope you’ll make this for your Valentine!!!  Thanks so much, Anna, for having me celebrate Valentine’s week with you and your other wonderful guests! xoxo

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Fluffy Chocolate Dessert

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: 9 servings

Fluffy and creamy. Sweet and crunchy. Perfect treat for any occasion!

Ingredients

  1. for crust:
  2. 3 ounces pecans, toasted
  3. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into small cubes
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. for pudding layer:
  9. 1 cup heavy cream
  10. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  11. 3 egg yolks
  12. 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  13. 1 ounce milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  14. 1 tablespoon butter
  15. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  16. Pinch of salt
  17. for cream cheese layer:
  18. 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  19. 1/2 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla
  20. for whipped cream topping:
  21. 2 cups heavy cream
  22. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  23. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  24. Chocolate shavings or curls and berries, for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. To make crust:
  2. Place the pecans and sugar in a food processor and pulse together till pecans are finely chopped.
  3. Add butter and vanilla and pulse till combine, then add the flour and salt and pulse until just mixed.
  4. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325°. Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with non-stick foil.
  6. Press the chilled dough into the baking dish. Prick the dough with a fork and bake 10 minutes or till lightly golden.
  7. Cool the cooked dough while preparing the remaining layers.
  8. for the pudding layer:
  9. Heat the cream for the pudding in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
  10. Stir together the sugar and egg yolks in a mixing bowl. When the cream just starts to simmer, slowly add about half the hot cream into the egg mixture while whisking vigorously, Then stir the egg mixture back into the cream in the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  11. Place chocolates in a mixing bowl with the butter, vanilla, and salt.
  12. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate and butter are melted. Pour the pudding into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  13. Pop pudding in the refrigerator to cool while preparing other layers.
  14. for the cream cheese layer:
  15. In a small mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar together until smooth.
  16. for the whipped cream topping:
  17. Whip the cream to soft peaks, then add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and vanilla and whip, until stiff peaks form.
  18. to assemble:
  19. Spread the cream cheese over the cooled shortbread crust, top with the pudding, and then spread on the the whipped cream.
  20. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  21. Garnish with chocolate curls and berries if desired.
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This recipe is adapted from Epicurious

 

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Doesn’t this look amazing? Don’t you just want to show up at Lizzy’s door with a fork in your hand? icon smile Fluffy Chocolate Dessert with That Skinny Chick Can Bake! I do. Every time I visit her site.

Thank you so much, sweet Lizzy, for this amazing treat and for this fabulous guest post! xoxo

You can follow Liz’s blog That Skinny Chick Can Bake!, follow her on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

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Tomorrow is the big finale of our Valentine’s Day Celebration event!!! You do not want to miss it!!! See you then. icon smile Fluffy Chocolate Dessert with That Skinny Chick Can Bake!

In the meantime, you can follow our Pinterest board where you will find all the treats from the event!

xoxo,

Anna

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  • http://profiles.google.com/lizzy.do Lizzy Do

    I was thrilled to be your guest today, Anna! Thanks for all your kind words…you’re a gem!!! xo

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you for guest posting and joining me in this event, Lizzy! xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/SallysBakeBlog Sally

    I am just learning about Liz’s blog and I’m so glad you two joined forces to have a guest post here today! This chocolate dessert looks heavenly. I mean, can you really have too much chocolate this valentine’s day? I think not! So many beautiful layers here to love!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      There is no such thing as too much chocolate. Ever! :) Thank you, Sally!

  • a farmer in the dell

    what a lovely dessert. I think a glass of champagne would go really well here!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Agreed! Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/BitterBakerBlog bitter baker

    MM, that looks delicious!!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/Tutti_Dolci Tutti Dolci

    So fun to see LIz here, I adore her blog! That cheesecake looks divine and I look forward to her homemade pasta :) .

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Me too :) Thanks, Laura!

  • http://www.hiddenfruitsandveggies.com/ Kelly @Hidden Fruits & Veggies

    Wow! That looks so tasty.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you, Kelly!

  • http://twitter.com/rachelkyle0402 Rachel Jacobs

    I am always envious of the delicious things Liz bakes…not to mention that fantastic photography. Happy Wednesday to you Anna and I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day tomorrow with you all of your precious kiddos!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      There is going to be a lot of glitter and paper hearts for sure :) Thank you, Rachel!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    You two together will put us all other bloggers in a chocolate/cream/butter coma! Not that I mind. This is a perfect valentine´s post, and a great recipe! Thanks both for being such wonderful bloggers! PS: better get moving on that pasta Liz..

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      lol Love this comment, Paula! Thank you :)

  • curryandcomfort

    Lizzy is as sweet as all the sweet treats she comes up with on her blog. She is a great friend to have in the blogging world. This dessert is just perfect… as is Lizzy. :) I always say she is a triple threat with her ability to cook, bake and be a kind and generous person. Well done ladies. :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      So happy you enjoyed the post, Ramona! Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/TheBeeroness The Beeroness

    This looks amazing, beautiful job ladies :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you so much, Jackie!

  • http://twitter.com/gourmandeinthek Sylvie Shirazi

    Both the dessert and the chocolate curls look amazing. Liz is the best!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yes, she is! Thank you, Sylvie!

  • Anne B

    I want to be in Lizzy’s book club, too! Her food is always so comforting and this dessert is no exception! Light, luscious and creamy! Wonderful collaboration ladies! : )

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you, sweet Anne!

  • Sandra Garth

    Yay Liz!!!!!! This is worth every single calorie. A dessert like this is meant to be enjoyed without an ounce of guilt. Thank you Anna for a great series.

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thank you for stopping by! So happy you enjoyed it, Sandra!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=556026802 Minnie Gupta

    Such awesome dessert!!!! Mnnnnnn!!!!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Minnie!

  • Nancy

    I love Liz and her awesome blog. This is a great collaboration between two ladies I admire very much. What a gorgeous, dreamy dessert Liz brought. Every layer sounds divine. And I love the tip on how to make perfect chocolate curls – I would’ve tried to do it with a vegetable peeler too!