Happy Valentine’s Day Profiteroles

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s a strange holiday, with the forced love and all.  Because I have a work history in food service, you will never find me in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day.  Bless those people who deal with the masses.  We prefer to spend it at home in the lap of luxury, haha!  If you do the same, you may not already have a meal planned for the evening.  If I may suggest something, profiteroles are where it’s at.  You can make them ahead of time, serve them with store-bought ice cream (or whipped cream!!) and chocolate sauce, and who’s the hero now?

These particular profiteroles from Anne Burrell from the Food Network are taken over the top with a bit of cinnamon.   It seemed so easy that I thought I was doing something wrong.  The chocolate sauce is worth whipping together as well.  It comes together easily, while the pastries are in the oven and you won’t be able to resist taking a taste (or three) while you wait.  Use a high quality chocolate and you will be above and beyond what you can find in a restaurant.  Plus, you will be in your pajamas! What could be better?   Happy Valentine’s!



Dairy-Free Chocolate Coconut Ice-Cream

What up, ya’ll?!  Are you gearing up for the holiday weekend?  I lament the end of summer.  It is my favorite season.  Why?  It’s my birthday (yep, I’m a Leo, hence why I have a blog and need lots of attention, Look at MEEEEE!).   As a person who commonly has blue fingertips, the summer provides me with much needed Vitamin D and sunshine so I can defrost my cold little body.  Also, my favorite holiday, the Fourth of July occurs,  and provides an amazing excuse to grill, go to the pool and watch explosives in the sky.  Also, summer gives us amazing fresh produce, sundresses, wedges, white jeans and beach trips.  Oh, I could go on and on.

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So, my Momma gave me an ice cream maker* for Christmas and I was sort of scared of it.  My fear was that once I started making ice-cream in it, I wouldn’t be able to stop and I would be eating ice-cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Hmm, now that I put that into words, that isn’t a problem at all.  However, the practical part of me knows that much dairy can be a lot to handle.  However, the best thing about the ice-cream maker is, like most other home-made foods, I can put exactly what I want to put into it!   Insert solution: coconut milk.  Coconut milk is a miracle.  Unless you don’t like coconut, something of which I have no concept.  Anyway, while this is no health food, it is a great way to have ice cream without the dairy.

This ice-cream is amazingly creamy and super chocolaty.  The quality of cocoa definitely matters.  My current favorite is King Arthur’s Deep Dark Cocoa*.   Also, it is highly important that you use full fat coconut milk as that is crucial for flavor and I’m guessing something sciencey.

Chocolate Coconut Ice-Cream
adapted from Food & Wine

3 cups coconut milk (full fat!)
3 tablespoons agave syrup
1 1/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
3 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1.  In a large saucepan, whisk the coconut milk and agave syrup over moderately low heat until warm.

2.  In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the sugar and cocoa powder. Gradually whisk in 1 cup of the warm coconut milk until smooth, then whisk in the egg yolks.

3.  Scrape the cocoa paste into the saucepan and whisk until blended. Cook the custard over moderate heat, whisking constantly, for about 6 minutes, until very hot and slightly thickened; do not let it boil.

4.  Immediately strain the custard into a bowl in an ice water bath and stir in the vanilla. Stir the custard until cooled a bit and then put in the refrigerator to chill completely.

5.  Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers’ directions. Transfer the ice cream to a large plastic container and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or enjoy as soft serve right away with a sprinkling of unsweetened shredded coconut, if you please!

Enjoy and Happy Labor Day.  Enjoy the fruits of all of your labors!

*King Arthur, Amazon and Cuisinart have no idea who I am and did not compensate me in any way, they just make stuff I like to buy.