Ultra smooth and creamy, this heart shaped Chocolate Coeur a la Creme is the epitome of a Valentine’s Day dessert! You won’t believe how simple it is to make! A huge thank you to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring this post. See details below.
Coeur a la Creme
After a year long debate with myself, I finally purchased a coeur a la creme mold. My pantries were full of odds and ends of specialty pans and trays, many of which were collecting dust. But the urge to make this lovely dessert did not dissipate, so I took the plunge and bought the heart shaped ceramic dish with drainage holes in the bottom.
Heart with Cream
Coeur á la Crème is French for “Heart with Cream,” and I can think of nothing more apropos for the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. Defined as a heart-shaped dessert, it’s typically made of cream cheese whipped with cream or sour cream, then placed in a wicker or cheesecloth lined mold to allow any excess liquid to drain. Note the classic, fine, crosshatched markings across the surface from the cheesecloth. More traditionally garnished with strawberries, I think raspberries were also a divine pairing. But so was a glass of chilled Riesling. Gallo Family Vineyard’s Riesling to be exact.
Gallo Family Vineyards’ Latest Varietal
I was thrilled to be in attendance for the unveiling of Gallo’s newest varietal, Riesling, at the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando. I was a fan from my first sip. Gallo described this wine as vivid and sweet with whispers of honeysuckle, juicy peach and ripe citrus notes. This crisp, citrusy wine cut through the richness of my chocolate coeur a la creme and would pair just as deliciously with creamy pastas and barbequed entrees. Fans of Sauvignon Blanc will love this Riesling. For those who prefer reds, I also sampled a bottle of Gallo’s Sweet Red Wine which works beautifully with desserts as well. With undertones of red fruit, black cherry and raspberry jam, it’s another winner.
How Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Do you head out for a romantic dinner? Or do you dine in? After nearly 3 decades of marriage, the hubby and I enjoy a cozy, home cooked meal followed by a chocolate (of course) dessert. This chocolate coeur a la creme, served over a puddle of raspberry sauce, thrilled my Valentine. Don’t you think yours would be just as enamored???
- 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup whipping cream, divided
- Raspberry sauce or puree and fresh raspberries, to garnish, optional
- Line a 2 cup capacity coeur a la creme mold with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth, making sure to have enough overhang to fold back over to cover dessert.
- Combine ½ cup whipping cream and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat till butter melts. Whisk in cocoa powder till smooth (may use hand mixer if needed). Let cool.
- Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in small bowl till smooth. Add cocoa mixture and mix to combine. Add the remaining ½ cup whipping cream and beat until well blended. Spoon mixture into the coeur a la creme mold. Fold cheesecloth over top. Place the mold on a rack with a pan beneath and allow to drain in the refrigerator at least 8 hours.
- To serve, remove cheesecloth. Garnish with raspberry sauce and fresh berries if desired.
Check Out More Scrumptious Valentine’s Day Recipes and Wine Pairings:
Alluring Appetizers and Brunch:
- Burrata and Garlic Tomato Appetizer by Family Foodie
- Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms by Life Tastes Good
- Strawberry Love Bombs by Peaceful Cooking
Magnificent Main Dishes:
- Braised Lamb Ragu by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Bruschetta Chicken and Pasta by Casa de Crews
- Mahi Mahi with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel by The Messy Baker
- Seafood Risotto by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Thai Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon by The Foodie Army Wife
Dazzling Desserts and Sweets:
- Chocolate Coconut Haystacks by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Chocolate Coeur a la Creme by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten Free Deep Dish Red Velvet Brownies for Two by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Creamy Lemon Tart by Magnolia Days
- Mocha Fudge by Alida’s Kitchen
- Polenta Cake with Honey Yogurt and Peach Preserves by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Raspberry Custard by Nosh My Way
- Raspberry Meringue Hearts by Desserts Required
- Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Brownie by Flavor Mosaic
- Valentine’s Day Cream Puffs by Ruffles & Truffles
Gallo Family Vineyards Has You Covered for Valentine’s Day
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