Are 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
- Fill a sauce pan half full of water and heat on high.
- Place the chocolate the the cream in a bowl that will nest on top of the sauce pan. Heat until the chocolate has melted.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
- 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!