Everyone was so impressed with this scrumptious filled chocolate heart that I served at a banquet. Now you can enjoy getting rave reviews from family and friends when you serve it.
What You Need:
(Makes: 8-10 servings)
8 ounces of semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon of shortening
2 packages (3 ounces each) of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup of butter, softened
1 & 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup of baking cocoa
2 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 & 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream, whipped, divided
1 & 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries, halved
What You Do:
STEP 1) Line a 9 inch heart-shaped or square pan with foil; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Pour into prepared pan, swirling to coat the bottom and 1 & 1/2 inch up the sides.
STEP 2) Refrigerate pan for 1 minute and then swirl the chocolate to reinforce sides of heart or box. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Using foil, lift from pan; remove foil and place chocolate heart on a serving plate.
STEP 3) In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa; add to creamed mixture with milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
STEP 4) Gently fold two-thirds of the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spoon the mixture into heart. Insert star tip #32 into a pastry or plastic bag; fill with the remaining whipped cream and pipe around the edge of heart. Garnish with strawberries.
STEP 5) Happy Valentine’s Day & Enjoy!