Friday, December 12, 2008

Chocolate Truffles!

I like chocolate, can you tell? These are really easy to make and require a tiny bit of patience but it's SOOOO worth it.

You will need:
One bag of chocolate chips
8 oz of cream cheese (imitation for me thanks)
1 c. powdered confectioners sugar
approximately 1 c. cocoa powder, coconut, or ground up nuts (I put them in a blender) to use as a coating. Trader joes also sells nut meals that are already smashed for you but that takes a lot of the fun out of it.

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler (or a small pot inside a big pot filled with water... don't let the water touch the chips, capiche?) You can also use the microwave in a glass bowl but check them ever minute or so because they will burn!

Mix in the cream cheese, you might want to nuke this for a minute too unless you are double boiling then it should melt in nicely. Stir this gunk together until you have got it mixed together all good, then remove from heat and mix in the powdered sugar slowly. I use a cheap electric mixer to get a good consistency, but if you're patient a spoon should work.

Once thats all good and mixed in put the mixture in a bowl and in the fridge for 2 hours or the freezer (if you are impatient like me.. OMG I JUST WANT TO EAT!) until it is still soft but pliable like clay.

wash your hands you mongrel.

Get a plate or small bowl and put the nuts, coconut or cocoa powder in it. I used cocoa powder this time because my roommate is allergic to nuts, but I really prefer almonds. Grab a little bit of this and roll it into a ball that you (or maybe a normal person) would feel comfortable putting in your mouth all at once. You can also make other shapes too but balls are the easiest. Roll the balls in the coating of your choice and set aside. The mixture will melt a little with your touch but that makes clean up more fun cause you get to lick your hands! WHO NEEDS BEATERS? NOT ME!

Once you are done rolling the truffles put them in the fridge so they don't get all melty and disgusting until you are ready to eat them! TA DA!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chocolat Croissants

This "recipe" is extremely easy (a monkey could make them!) I prefer to eat these for breakfast but they can also be a dessert!

Chocolat Croissants! (I'm feeling french today.)
I used to get these at the grocery store before I was vegan and they were buttery and soft and amazing to eat early in the morning before my brain turned on. I have been making the blanket pigs for a while and it dawned on me last night like... "hey what the hell, why am I not putting chocolate in these?" So I got really excited at the grocery store and raced home.

You will need:
chocolate chips (I use vegan ones of course),
A pre made package of croissants, ( in your grocers refrigerated aisle) the pillsbury ones are usually vegan so I get those, but if you're not vegan get whichever ones you want!

For the topping:
3 Tbsp soy milk
1/3 c. chocolate chips

Unwrap the croissant rolls and pull apart the triangles! Now we're cookin!! Preheat the oven to whatever the package says, mine was 350 degrees! Take a triangle and lay chocolate chips in the long edge of it, I probably used about 8 chips per triangle, I love chocolate. Roll the triangles loosely toward the tiny side until it looks like a little sleeping bag full of chocolate. yum! place them on a cookie sheet evenly spaced so they don't feel cramped and cook them for however long the package says! Its probably like 15 minutes, these suckers are fast!

Meanwhile you can start the ganache topping! (it sounds fancy but thats just the french thing again, no worries) Use a small sauce pan and heat up the 3 Tbsp (the uppercase T means its a tablespoon and not a teaspo0n or tsp.) until it starts to look like its hot, little bubbles form around the edge and it might boil a little. Watch it cause this will take less than a minute! Remove the saucepan from the heat (turn off the stove dummy) and stir in the 1/3 c. chocolate chips! mix with a rubber spatula until they melt all together into a creamy looking sauce. Let this cool a little and then you drizzle it onto the croissants!
bathtub bear approves!

Your finished product should look like this!


Okay so my friend Nick suggested on thanksgiving that I start a food blog! Basically he trusts my taste buds and will eat anything I tell him to. He calls me his food authority, so here I am, your food authority. I am vegan so I only make vegan food. I am also pretty lazy so a lot of these things the average person will feel comfortable making! YOU CAN DO THIS!! I don't have a lot of fancy kitchen gadgets and I'm poor, like the average joe. So sit back, relax and get your napkins ready because my blog might make you salivate.