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Valentine's Day Recipes
by Brenda Arnold
Chocolate Bundles with Chocolate Ganache By: Brenda Arnold
Ingredients:
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon heavy cream Filling
- 8 miniature chocolate candy bars
- 8 Hershey chocolate kisses

Ingredients for Ganache:
- 4 ounces milk chocolate broken into small pieces
- Sweetened whipped cream
- Fresh strawberries, sliced, for garnish
- Mint sprigs, for garnish
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unfold puff pastry and cut the sheet into 2 (4 by 4-inch squares). Beat eggs and cream together to create an egg wash. Brush pastry squares with egg wash. Place 2 chocolate kisses and 1 mini candy bar in the center of each pastry square. Repeat with remaining kisses and mini-bars. Pull corners of the square up around the chocolate, brushing edges with more egg wash, if necessary, to create a secure bundle. Brush exteriors of chocolate bundles with more egg wash. Repeat with remaining bundles. Place bundles on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Ganache: In a sauce pan bring the heavy cream to a boil. Place the chocolate pieces in a bowl and pour hot cream over top. Whisk until smooth. Puddle ganache onto a plate and place 1 bundle on top. Top with whipped cream and additional ganache, if desired. Serve bundles garnished with strawberry slices and mint sprigs.



Chocolate Fondue
By: Brenda Arnold
While chocolate is an aphrodisiac in it’s own right, melting it into a smooth consistency perfect for dipping takes it up a notch – or three . The chocolate will stiffen if it gets cold, so enjoy it while it’s still warm. Skewer and dip anything you like – bananas, pineapple, strawberries, pear slices, dried apricots, pound cake, even marshmallows.
Ingredients:
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon brewed espresso
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions:
1. Place chocolate, cream, espresso, vanilla and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted, 1-2 minutes. No Microwave? Place chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water. Gently stir until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the chocolate melts completely.
2. Pour the chocolate mixture into a serving bowl. Serve with your favorite fruit, pound cake and marshmallows.

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