Chocolate doesn’t have to be deadly to your diet regimen; not since we figured out how to make it lighter but still ensure it tastes heavenly. Imagine the richest, darkest chocolate desserts you’ve ever eaten. Was it on that trip to France? Now close your eyes and say to yourself that you can do better. Yes, you can! Try these delicious, decadent chocolate desserts that are easy-to-make and hardly require 15 minutes. When your sweet tooth aches for chocolate, don’t waste a minute, get going now!
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 box of chocolate-coated wafers (or any chocolate-coated biscuits of your preference)
Method: Beat the butter in an electric mixer until smooth and then slowly add the confectioners’ sugar to it in batches. Beat this mixture until light and fluffy; you can also add any flavorings if you want. Remove this mixture in a bowl and set aside. Line a large plate with butter paper and place your chocolate-coated wafers on it. Spread half a teaspoon of the filling mixture on top of it and top it with another wafer, pressing it gently to spread the filling. Repeat the same for wafers, your chocolate sandwich cookies are ready in a jiffy!
Brunette’s tip: You can add a spoonful of chocolate syrup to your filling while beating it to make the cookies ever more chocolaty!
Caramel-Chocolate Cream Puffs or French Croquembouche
1 and ½ cup caramel sauce (you can either purchase readymade or make your own at home)
2 cups dark chocolate sauce
10-15 readymade mini cream puffs
Method: Bring the readymade caramel sauce to a boil. If you want to make your own caramel sauce, mix one cup sugar with ¼ cup water until the sugar starts to melt a little, then boil this mixture strirring continuously until it bubbles furiously. Stop stirring and let it boil for a minute or two until the syrup gets a lovely amber colour. Immediately remove from heat and add ½ cup heavy cream after warming it up in a microwave for 30 seconds. Mix well with a wooden spatula and finally add 2 tablespoons of softened butter and mix again. You can use this caramel sauce once it cools down to room temperature. Now for the cream puffs, using a fork or a toothpick, dip a cream puff in the caramel sauce to cover its base, and immediately place it on a plate. Place 2-3 puffs around the first one and then on start placing top of them to build a tower. Microwave 2 cups of dark chocolate sauce in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds or a minute. Spoon out some of the chocolate sauce on each of your cream puff, or pour it out on and around the tower. Your decadent French Croquembouche is ready to serve!
Brunette’s tip: The French Croquembouche is the most difficult dessert to make. I say, fake it if you can make it!
Chocolate Covered Banana Pops
2-3 bananas cut in half
2 cups melted chocolate
Finely chopped roasted almonds, and desiccated coconut for garnishing
Method: This one will be ready before you can say “Rumpelstilskin”! Start by piercing each banana piece with a long toothpick. Next, warm your melted chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, then dip each piece into the warm chocolate dip. Sprinkle some roasted almonds or desiccated coconut on your bananas and place them on a chilled plate. There you have it! These super quick, deliciously tempting banana pops can easily be served as dessert at your next party.
Brunette’s tip: You can experiment with the garnishes by using dried rose petals, roasted ground oats or colourful sprinkles too!