Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chocolate Chai Spice Cream

by Darla

Chocolate Chai Spice Cream by BakingdomHave you seen the new video fad going around Facebook right now? The one where you follow the link and Facebook shows you a one minute video of your time spent on the site since you joined? If you haven’t yet, trust me, you will.

I actually think it’s pretty fun. I mean, Facebook is doing it as a celebration of their 10th birthday, but the ones I’ve watched from my friends have been really sweet and nostalgic. I decided to go watch mine.

Oh, but wait. Facebook didn’t make me one.

That’s right, I’m not in the Cool Kids Club, and I have the lack of a Facebook movie to prove it. Talk about feeling unspecial. They’re all like, “Hey, it’s been an awesome 10 years. Here’s some pics you shared, but NO VIDEO FOR YOU.”

I suspect they may have heard that I like Instagram more than them.

I can’t believe I’ve been jilted by Facebook for Valentine’s Day. They are so not getting any treats from me. And I made a good one, too…

I’ve made my love of all things chai well known, so it’s probably no surprise that I decided on a chai dessert for Valentine’s Day this year. I decided to make the delicious chai cream that I adapted from Walt Disney World last year, and add a Valentine’s Day classic: chocolate. Of course. ;)

Gold Leaf Chocolate Hearts from BakingdomAnd since these are for Valentine’s Day, I decided to dress my chai treats up with some heart-shaped bling in the form of gold leaf chocolate hearts. And then I fell head over heels for it. I mean, it’s chocolate. Lined in gold. What’s not to love?

To make these, I simply melted semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave at 30-second intervals until it was smooth. Next, I spread the chocolate in a thin layer on a metal cookie sheet. I chilled the chocolate for about five minutes in the refrigerator, then removed it and allowed it to rest at room temperature for another five minutes. Next, I applied the gold leaf. I simply placed whole pieces of the gold leaf flat on the chocolate. It will stick immediately, so be careful when applying it. A clean, dry paint brush is very helpful for gently smoothing and transferring the gold leaf. Finally, I used a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the golden hearts, and peeled them away from the cookie sheet using a small metal spatula.

If you want your hearts to be flat, hold the spatula as flat to the cookie sheet as possible when removing the hearts. If you want the hearts to have more of a urge or curl to them, then you will hold your spatula at more of an angle. The steeper the angle of the spatula, the deeper the curve of the heart.

Chocolate Chai Cream from BakingdomCreamy, spicy chai cream and rich chocolate topped with golden hearts…yep, sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert to me.

These can be made up to two days in advance, as long as they are kept covered and chilled in the refrigerator. Top with fresh whipped cream before serving.

Enjoy!

No chai for you, Facebook. So there.

Chocolate Chai Spice Cream
Makes about 8 half cup servings

Ingredients

5 cups, plus 1/2 cup, heavy cream
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 envelope gelatin
2 tea bags Chai tea
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
5 black peppercorns

1 recipe whipped cream

In a large saucepan, combine 5 cups of the heavy cream, sugar, and cocoa, and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.

While the cream mixture is warming, combine the remaining half cup of cream with the envelope of gelatin. Stir together and let sit about five minutes. After the gelatin has absorbed the cream, stir together until somewhat smooth (it may still be slightly lumpy, that’s ok); set aside.

Once the cream-sugar mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat and stir in the gelatin mixture until dissolved. Empty the contents of the tea bags into the pan, then stir in the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and peppercorns, and allow to steep for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, place the pan in an ice bath in a large glass or metal bowl, cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly to the surface of the pudding, and allow to cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Once cooled, remove the plastic wrap, and pour and press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove as much of the tea leaves as possible.

Cover and place in the freezer for 20 minutes. After chilling, divide the mixture evenly between 8 or 6-ounce serving dishes. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Garnish with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serve cold.

Recipe by Darla

Delicious Chocolate Chai Cream from Bakingdom

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1 Belinda@themoonblushbaker February 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

So cute! This look deliciously divine for two on Val’s day. Very creative with the heart chocolate topper; The gold leaf really makes it pop!
Do not worry I didn’t get video too>_<. FB does not share the love with everyone…

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2 Katrina @ WVS February 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I haven’t heard of this video, but am definitely intrigued!! Also, this recipe is like the perfect sweet thing for Valentine’s Day. Love it!

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3 Maya Mehrotra February 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Love it!!! The gold leaf/chocolate heart is adorable, and I was just thinking about making something chocolatey with chai (because duh)! I love your chocolate chai cupcakes so much but I have to finish my macarons before I make something else :P Love your blog, especially your Harry Potter love (slightly obsessed with HP. Okay, not slightly.) and your friendship with Tina (love her blog, too! Have you HAD her Ham Sams?). Dang Facebook doesn’t even deserve you ;)

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4 Nem February 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Hmm that’s odd about the video… Did you go this website while logged on:
https://facebook.com/lookback/ ‪
You should have it.. Thought I didn’t either until I saw the link on my friend’s post.

About the Chai Cream is there any way to make it w/o the gelatin? Sounds so yummy ^_^ Thanks.

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5 Darla February 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Yes, I tried that. It just loads a page with past photos of mine, but no video.

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6 Rena February 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

pretty sure you have to click the link and then itll make it for you…these look yum!

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7 Rena February 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

ya just click the link you see on someone elses movie and it’ll make your own!

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8 Darla February 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Yeah, I’ve tried several times over the last week, and all it does is show me a row of five of my photos. :/

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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Per other comments – you need to click the link on someone else’s to make yours!

These little pot of creams look delicious!! And I love chocolate and chai together – such a fun flavor combination!

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10 Darla February 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Sadly, I’ve tried that several times, but it just shows me a row of five past photos I’ve uploaded. :/

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11 Breezy February 6, 2014 at 12:14 am

Don’t worry, Facebook doesn’t like me either. I can see my video but there is no share button on mine. So, I guess I’m the only one allowed to see it. That’s ok. I’d take chai over sharing a video any day.

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12 Gemma February 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm

So cute, so yummy!!! Loving the pics as usual! :-)
Happy early Valentine’s Day!
xoxo

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13 Fiona February 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Woah that look fantastic ;) and so cute =)

Greetings
Fiona
If you want to take a look at my blog:
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14 Jocelyn@Brucrewlife February 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Oh goodness, this sounds like perfection in a glass!! I love it and can’t wait to give it a try!! :)

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