Chocolate Bowls with Triple Sec Whipped Cream & Berries

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I made this dessert for Valentine's day and can I just say I am glad I only made two because if I had made more I would have eaten them all!  These not only look fancy, but you taste buds will be throwing a raging party at the first bite.  You have to give it a go.  For the full recipe (serving size 8), check out www.alagraham.com.

Ingredients:
Balloons
Chocolate 
1/2 Pint heavy cream 
1 Tablespoon Triple Sec (or other flavored liquor) 
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Fresh Berries
Chopped Almonds



Directions:
Blow up the balloons (you want them small and round, like little bowls). If you are making several of these, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you are making only a couple (like I did), you can put foil on the bottom of a tupperware container. Boil water in a pan and reduce to simmer.

Set another pan or microwavable bowl on top of the simmering water and put in half of the chocolate, stir continuously and let it melt. Remove from heat and stir in remaining chocolate until smooth. Drop  melted chocolate on parchment paper to make disks…you are creating the bottom of the bowls (so they stand up). 

Next, carefully dip each balloon (about 1/2 to 3/4 of balloon) into the melted chocolate and set on top of the chocolate disks on parchment paper/foil.


Let set in fridge for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes take the cookie sheets out and let the bowls sit for about 5-10 minutes. While pinching the tops of the balloon snip or poke a hole to release the air…SLOWLY. 

Hopefully, the balloon will release freely. If it doesn’t, do not pull the balloon away from chocolate just let it sit for a few more minutes and the chocolate should release the balloon on its own. 

Meanwhile, in a stand mixer with a wire whisk combine the heavy cream, Triple Sec and powdered sugar. Whip on low for about 30 seconds so it doesn’t splatter. Increase to high and whip until peaks form and can hold their shape…about 3 – 4 minutes (don’t over mix). 

Rinse and slice your berries, and chop almonds to preferred size.  .


 Bring the chocolate bowls out of the fridge.  Spoon in whipped cream and top with berries and almonds.
  

Will be making these again! 

<3 Saleena

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