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For the Chocolate Lovers: Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes Recipe

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I've been brainstorming ideas of how to celebrate it. Little Aria is a chocolate lover and I've been showing her many ways of eating chocolate. I put up some recipe suggestions in case you're planning to cook and bake as well. Naturally you'll want to pick the dishes that your sweetie likes; Aria's favorite is a simple square of quality chocolate and chocolate mousse. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!


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Chocolate Orange King Cake (Galette des Rois) Recipe

La galette des Rois, or king's cake, is made every year to celebrate Epiphany. For those who don't know, epiphany is a Christian holiday that celebrates the Magi visiting baby Jesus. January 6th is the official day of Epiphany, but in France, we usually celebrate it on the Sunday between the 2nd and the 8th.  

This delicious treat is a flaky puff pastry with a sweet filling. The traditional filling is a simple almond cream, or frangipane, but this year I felt like a change. To the basic frangipane recipe I added melted chocolate and Grand Marnier (or orange extract for the kids).

Before serving, it's customary to hide a small figurine in the galette. Whoever gets the piece with the figurine is king (or queen) for a day. In reality, the winner is anyone who gets to have a slice of this delicious dessert.

Galette des Rois (Kings Cake)


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Chocolate Snowflake Crinkle Cookies Recipe

If you have a toddler at home, odds are you have heard about Disney’s musical Frozen and all of the fun characters featured in the film. I made the mistake of purchasing the DVD so we watch it all the time. Our little Aria identifies herself as Princess Anna and we got a little Frozen-themed apron for her to help me out in the kitchen. 

Aria has been determined to prepare a snowflake sweet treat so I doubled her pleasure by baking crinkle cookies using chocolate. The fudge-like cookies are covered in powdered sugar with a beautifully crinkled top once baked. Making the cookie batter isn't complicated but the hardest part was to teach my little one patience, as it's best chilled overnight before slipping into the oven.

Chocolate Crackle Cookie Recipe with Picture


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Angel Salted Caramel Chocolate Dessert Cups for Christmas Recipe

These angel dessert cups are the result of our hard work baking for this holiday season. The sweets are made of milk chocolate with salted caramel bits turned into a delicious, egg-free mousse, topped with vanilla bean-flavored cream, salted caramel sauce and an angel-shaped, crisp sugar cookie. 

The most amazing part was to see the look in Aria's eyes. She was mesmerized by the "snow" (powdered sugar) on the angel cookies; I could see a sparkle much like the stars at night, which was priceless. Hearing her laugh with delight brings so much joy to the house, you can almost hear the triumphant chorus of angels. Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!


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Colorful Dessert for Diwali Celebration Recipe

Today Aria's preschool teachers planned a small Diwali celebration in school. Diwali is a Hindu festival and it's India's biggest holiday of the year. It's also known as the "festival of lights." The day began with a non-religious story of Diwali, then there was a beautiful Rangoli demonstration (an art and craft session), followed by a potluck lunch for the boys and girls. I volunteered to bring a nut-free dessert for the children and since I knew other mothers would bring typical, popular Indian desserts, Aria and I prepared a colorful, playful dessert instead for the children. 

Rangoli picture

For the occasion, I transformed our little Aria into an Indian princess and tried to match the dessert with her colorful, festive attire. The dessert consisted of individual servings of a cookie baked in a mini cupcake liner and filled with cardamom-flavored triple chocolate cream (lemon, strawberry and milk chocolate). Needless to say, the children adored the sweet treats and Aria was so proud to tell her classmates she had helped preparing them.

Indian clothes


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