Fluffy Chocolate Dessert

 
You have one day, that’s 24 hours, folks, to run out and buy ALL the ingredients for this Fluffy Chocolate Dessert! Your Valentine will be thrilled with the nutty pecan shortbread crust, followed by a decadent cream cheese layer which is topped with chocolate pudding  plus a fluffy cloud of sweetened whipped cream. And look! I made chocolate curls…perfect ones! This dessert is a guest post for my sweet friend, Anna. She is  hosting a 2 week Valentine’s Day extravaganza on her yummy blog, Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet. Please tell her I sent you over!
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.

Fluffy Chocolate Dessert…Guest Post for Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet

Ingredients

    For crust:
  • 3 ounces pecans, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For pudding layer:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ounce milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • For cream cheese layer:
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • for whipped cream topping:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 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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Comments

  1. oh this takes me back! we had this every year at Christmas. I often snuck into the fridge late at night for a few bites. I need to make this!

  2. Cream cheese? U got me sold!! Happy V-day to u, my dear!

  3. I’ve made this dessert many times over the years, using pistachio pudding at Christmas, lemon pudding at Easter, and of course the chocolate pudding, any other time. Lemon was my Mom’s favorite. Thanks for jogging my memory!

  4. Oooh so fun!

  5. Thank you so so much, sweet Lizzy, for your fabulous guest post! Your dessert has just been added to our V-Day menu :) xoxo

  6. Bravo on the perfect chocolate curls! How did you do it??? Mine still look horrible no matter how I try or how nicely I talk to my chocolate.

  7. What a pretty dessert, headed over to read your interview! :)

  8. Yummy. This is so fabulous, I love each layer.

  9. Lovely dessert! what better dessert can beat this for valentines day :)

  10. wow that looks and sounds oh so delicious!

  11. oh too late.. I aleady haven’t got time to make this wonderful thing :)

  12. Oh my goodness – would you look at that dessert! I’m headed off to get the recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Just followed the link and went and checked out the recipe and it looked fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing at my weekend link party last week! Hope you have a fantastic week!

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