Salted caramel Chocolate hearts



How about some handmade chocolates for valentine.  I used a combination of things I had made on this blog before. You can use regular caramel if you prefer.

You will need;

Candied Salted Peanuts

Salted caramel

Black pepper to taste. (helps to cut back the sweetness)

1 Tbsp heavy cream or condensed milk

about 100 g dark chocolate


Combine 2 Tbsp of the salted caramel and 1 tbsp of heavy cream in a small bowl

Salted caramel + Heavy cream warm for 10 sec in the microwave and stir until uniform

crush a hand full of the candied nuts and add to the mixture,add the black pepper too

+ crushed candied peanuts & Black pepperand give it a good stir

Melt your chocolate and temper it,this is important.

Line the mold with a thin coating of chocolate.

there are a range of chocolate molds you can use,you can get them in the plastic form or silicon form,you can use tiny paper cups too but then they won’t be hearts.

place in the refrigerator for about 5 min, when it is firm,fill them just to about 3/4 full,leave enough space for sealing.

Let the filling set a bit,you can put it in the refrigerator for about 3-5 min

Cover the opening with more chocolate.

place in the refrigerator again for 5-10 min until firm and the sides starts pulling away from the mold.

turn over the mold and tap it gently to remove those that don’t fall out on their own.

You might want to use a small mold that uses less filling like mine. You can use a hot knife to trim the edges so it has a smooth and professional finish.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine!


Lovestruck Brownies


So valentine is around around the corner and I decided to do something a lil special.This is a very simple dessert to make and you can decorate it any how you want it,you can leave it plain or just dust it with some icing sugar,with some ice cream and you’ve got a perfect dessert.You don’t have to be in a relationship to treat yourself this holiday,do something special for yourself and if you are in a relationship,make this single serving brownie hearts to complete your menu.

You will need;

115 g Butter

10 Tbsp Cocoa powder

57 ml or 1/4 cup oil

220 g Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Vanilla

4 Eggs

190 g Flour

1 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Coffee


Preheat your oven to 160°C,if your oven is too hot,you might want to adjust it a bit because chocolate burns easily

Melt butter,oil and cocoa powder over a pot of boiling water,mixing to combine

Stir until melted

take off the heat and mix in the sugar,coffee and vanilla

then beat eggs in one at a time,mixing after each addition

mix in the flour,salt and baking powder

mix until just combined,you don’t want to mix it too much so you don’t develop the gluten in it

if you have heart shaped baking cups,fill each until 2/3rd full or you can bake it in a small heart shaped pan or a rectangular/square baking pan and just cut out mini hearts with a cookie cutter or a stencil when you are done baking

 and bake for 10-15 min or until a toothpick inserted into it comes out clean

alternatively,you can cut out a stencil like the one below out of paper or cardboard and use it as a guide to cut out the heart shapes after the brownie is cool

you can also cut out some for the individual brownies to use as the base,cover it in foil.

Now the fun part………. you can just dust it in powdered sugar/icing sugar,serve with ice cream and same strawberries and call it a day or….

whip up you favorite frosting and cover each of the brownies,you can use a spoon or a small spatula,you can make it smooth or playful mess (I once heard that there is nothing like a mistake in art)

spoon some melted chocolate around the edges and let it run down freely

 Sprinkle with some sprinkles(I crack myself up).You really can’t go wrong with sprinkles


 Cover with some chocolate ganache

Nutty Love Brownie and put some shredded coconut around the sides or

 some Candied peanut

alternatively,cut into 2

place 1 half back in the mold

and fill with whipped cream,nuts and caramel

 cover with the 2nd half

and freeze for about 30-40 min or until firm enough to handle

remove from mold and cover the sides with more whipped cream

 fill the top with a mixture of Salted caramel and crushed candied nuts

or what I like to call “organized mess” or “perfectly imperfect”

 slather on some whipped cream flavored with strawberry jam or syrup or any frosting of choice

and place little cut pieces of candied or dried fruits and nuts all around it

 and if you absolutely must have strawberries,have got something for you.

 chocolate covered strawberry dipped partly in shaved white chocolate


pipe a border around the top of the brownie

then cut a strawberry into little pieces and fill the center

ta da

melt some strawberry jam in the microwave or you can use strawberry syrup.Coat the strawberry with the jam

you can leave it as it is or drizzle some more over it

That about wraps it up

Have a wonderful Valentine’s day.

Till next time,I remain yours truly

Chef Iretidayo