Okay, so I confess! I'm addicted to chocolate. Well, maybe not...I mean, its not like I HAVE to have chocolate every day! There are times when I can go days without even craving for this taste of heaven.
I have a whole section in my pantry dedicated to these 'lil beauties and I can honestly say that they have been lying there safe for a long time now without me taking a grab at them every other minute! But then, once I get a craving, there's no stopping me! It doesn't take much to tempt me to have a bite. Just the thought of it is more than sufficient. I love the way it just melts as soon as I lay it on my tongue.
Chocolate is the best comfort food I can think of. Just one bite of its extraordinarily smooth taste and I'm instantly transported to that happy place. And with the holiday season just around the corner, I can never get enough of this heavenly sin!
You can't imagine my excitement when I decided to start participating in SHF, and found this month's topic, The Dark Side!! I created this recipe on on of those chocolate-craving moments. It's to DIE for...
Chocolate Nut Tartlets
1 cup cream
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp instant coffee powder
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Assortment of chopped nuts
12 mini tart shells ( I use the frozen ones and prepare them according to the packaged instructions)
Heat cream till it is warm enough to melt the chocolate chips. Do not let it come to a boil.
Add chocolate chips, sugar, coffee powder and vanilla extract, and stir till the chocolate starts to melt.
Remove the mixture from heat and keep stirring till chocolate melts nicely and forms a thick paste. Set aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
Fill each tart shell with the melted chocolate and sprinkle with choice of nuts.
Serve warm or chilled!