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Easy Chocolate Ganache

ECGAre you living in fear of Valentine’s Day? Do you have no idea what to buy? Do you think you’re a terrible cook and incapable of baking? Don’t worry about it! I’m here to help!

I have several baked goods on which I use Chocolate Ganache. It’s rich and creamy but not too sweet. That makes it a great topping for cupcakes and cookies, and even a wonderful fruit dip. That means you can go buy some simple cookies like Madeleines or even Chocolate Chip cookies, dip them in ganache, and present your Valentine with a semi-homemade treat that will be sure to wow.

The picture is my oldest son’s birthday cake that I’ve been making him since he was maybe 13. He’s 20 now and the cake has become a treat we have all grown to love. Isn’t it pretty? It’s shiny and so delicious!

Easy Chocolate Ganache
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

  1. Fill a sauce pan half full of water and heat on high.
  2. Place the chocolate the the cream in a bowl that will nest on top of the sauce pan. Heat until the chocolate has melted.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. For smaller items, you can dip and let set on a sheet of waxed paper. For larger items like cakes, slowly pour starting in the middle of cake, and spread with a rubber spatula.

I love Valentine’s Day because it’s my oldest son’s birthday, hence the heart shaped cake. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he is the best Valentine gift I will ever get and I love nothing more than making his favorite foods for him on his special day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Cinnamon Roll Waffles

crwValentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year. I realize that puts the pressure on for many people. There may be an expectation of a day full of offerings of appreciation and love, starting with a dramatic, perhaps romantic breakfast.

As some of you may know, I am a big fan of Immaculate Baking Company refrigerator dough. Unlike another brands of dough, I find that the different items (biscuits, crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls) actually all have a unique flavor. I try to keep at least one package of Immaculate dough in my house at all times because it’s fun for my kids to come up with a unique way to use them.

Sometime this past week, I saw a post somewhere for Cinnamon Rolls made in a waffle iron. Perfect. Easy for the kids and anyone else who doesn’t love to bake but wants to make something special for their Valentine.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles
1 tube of cinnamon roll dough

1. Get the rolls out of the tube without mangling them.
2. Slice each roll in half like you would slice a bagel.
3. Prepare your waffle iron with cooking spray and cook for 2-4 minutes (depends on your iron).
4. Carefully remove. The cinnamon swirl may stick.
5. Drizzle with the icing and serve.

Big hit! I think everyone looks forward to seeing another tube of Cinnamon Rolls in the fridge so they can have these again. I do, because they were easy enough for everyone to make!