In case you’re on the lookout for a new way to impress in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day – or aiming to wow a whole group of guests for any special occasion really – here’s one of my favorite “sweet tips” from Simple Stunning Parties, a fabulous book by entertaining expert Karen Bussen.
These cool “Chocolate Abstracts” will instantly dress up any sort of dessert – from ice cream to fancy cakes & custards… and despite their artistic, gourmet look, they’re actually surprisingly easy to make! All you need is chocolate chips (4 oz or more), a squeeze bottle, wax paper, and a microwave.
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Make sure to use a baking sheet that will fit in your freezer.
2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container for 20 seconds. Stir and microwave again for 10 seconds. Chocolate burns easily, so check and stir at 10-second intervals until fully melted.
3. Pour melted chocolate into a squeeze bottle. Tip – a plastic funnel will help you pour the chocolate into the squeeze bottle without making a mess.
4. Squeeze chocolate over the parchment paper, making abstract shapes. Leave a bit of space between each shape, for easy removal.
5. Place the tray in the freezer for about 2 hours. Once the chocolate is set, use a spatula to remove it from the parchment.
Chocolate abstracts may be stored for several days in the freezer between sheets of parchment paper.
In Simple Stunning Parties, Bussen recommends pairing the Chocolate Abstracts with vanilla ice cream served in martini glasses and topped with a splash of amaretto. The end result is a very alurring, grown-up treat that’s perfect for Valentine’s day!
- Photos by: William Geddes