Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Whenever I need a little pick me up, dark chocolate is my go-to. I just love how well it pairs with different flavors. From fruits and nuts to savories and especially wine, it’s certainly a rich and luxurious treat, and most importantly for me it’s dairy free! Now with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching I’m elevating this go-to of mine a to give it some holiday appeal. Using shamrocks for good luck, a hint of sea salt and pistachio green and a dusting of edible gold glitter, this sweet treat is now suitable for the upcoming arrival of St. Patty’s Day.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

 Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Dark chocolate paired with sea salt, pistachios and edible gold. Sweet, salty & St. Patrick’s Day chic.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

8 oz of quality dairy free dark chocolate (3 bars)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

1 tsp sea salt

edible gold glitter flakes

shamrock mold

2 ziplocks or piping bag

parchment paper

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Heat 7 of the 8 oz chocolate in a double boiler or on 30 second intervals in the microwave until fully melted.

Pour melted chocolate into your ziplock or piping bag and pipe into your shamrock mold cavities.

Gently tap the mold on a solid surface until chocolate is evenly distributed.

Allow to chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge until completely solid.

While chocolate is chilling, mix together the sea salt and chopped pistachios.

Once shamrocks are fully chilled, heat remaining 1 oz of chocolate until fully melted and pour into remaining ziplock or existing piping bag.

Flip the shamrocks over onto a sheet of parchment paper to remove chocolates.

Turn them right side up and quickly pipe remaining chocolate in a zig zag motion over top the shamrocks.

Top with chopped pistachios and sea salt, and finish with the edible gold glitter.

Place them back in the fridge for 30 minutes to fully harden.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

They are ready to enjoy!

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

This is such a quick treat to make and an easy way to elevate plain dark chocolate. You can display these shamrocks on trays or cake stands at your St. Patty’s Day celebration, or package them up and give them away as a bit of sweet good luck for your friends and loved ones.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

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Sophisticated S’mores (revisited)

Revisiting an old recipe and adding a few new twists because the Oscars are airing on Sunday and they’ve got me feeling inspired. Today’s sweet indulgence, would be perfect for your sunday viewing party. A decadent pairing of gooey marshmallows, homemade graham crackers, and dark chocolate that together create an uber delish s’more that’s richness will capture the elegance of the Academy Awards. But of course it doesn’t end there. This time around I’ve spiked the marshmallows with my favorite elderflower liqueur that just happens to be “gold” in color, like the iconic award itself. And since I’m certain we’ll be seeing plenty tuxedos on the red carpet tomorrow evening, a dark chocolate bow for a touch of whimsy and an oscar worthy finishing touch. If ever there were an award show for desserts, these elevated s’mores would certainly be nominated.

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Sophisticated S’Mores (revisited) DF

The St. Germaine elderflower liqueur adds subtle floral notes to the marshmallow and pairs deliciously against the intense flavor of the dark chocolate and the bite of the graham cracker cookies. An unexpected yet harmonious balance of sweet and chic, that’s also dairy free.

St. Germaine Spiked Marshmallows

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Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup St. Germaine Liqueur

3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin

2/3 cups light corn syrup

1 3/4 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.

Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.

While gelatin is soaking add 1/4 St. Germaine, corn syrup and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute.

Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin and beat on high, using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in lemon juice and mix until just combined.

Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.

Allow to rest for 4 hours, or overnight.

Mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased scissors, or a knife, cut the marshmallows, dredging lightly in the cornstarch mixture and they’re ready to enjoy.

Store in airtight container.

Homemade Vegan Graham Crackers

Ingredients/Supplies~

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup graham flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup Earth Balance coconut spread at room temperature (or 2 sticks of butter for non vegan)

3/4 cups light brown sugar

1/4 cup almond milk

parchment paper

Instructions

Add first 5 ingredients into a bowl, mix together and set aside.

Combine coconut spread, brown and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed for a few minutes until fluffy.

Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Once combined, slowly pour in almond milk and mix until fully incorporated.

The place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to 1/8″ thick.

Move rolled dough to refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove dough from fridge and cut into shapes using a cutter of your choice.

Bake for 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

Dark Chocolate Bows

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Ingredients/Supplies

1 bar of dairy free dark chocolate (I find mine at Trader Joes)

Silicone Bow mold (I used wilton)

ziplock bag.

Instructions

Heat chocolate at 30 second intervals in the microwave until completely melted.

Pipe melted chocolate into the molds and lightly tap on a solid surface to evenly distribute.

Place in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Once chocolate bows have completely chilled, remove from molds and begin assembling your S’mores. You will need 2 graham crackers, 1 marshmallow and 1 chocolate bow for each sweet sandwich.

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Repeat these steps and they’re ready to enjoy!

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I’m planning to have a few of these tomorrow as I watch the red carpet event. Can’t wait to see all the looks! What are you most looking forward to?

Thanks for reading! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

xo

This specific recipe for Sophisticated S’mores (revisited) was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

Macaron Love

French macarons are my fave indulgence and now that Friday has arrived and I have a 4 day weekend to look forward to with my 3 valentines, an early celebration is in order. Nothing like a sweet and delicate fruity treat to get me into weekend mode, and ready for a busy yet fabulous Valentine’s weekend ahead.

 I tell you, of all the macarons I’ve tried, there’s nothing quite better than a Ladureé french macaron, and although I haven’t been in New York or Paris lately, I recently received the Ladureé Macarons recipe book as a gift and instantly fell in love.

Laduree French Macarons | Posh Little DesignsThis book is loaded with beauty, elegance, inspiration and many incredible and unexpected recipes for macaron shells and fillings. Highly recommended. I had such a difficult time deciding which to make first, but with Valentine’s Day on my mind I decided on a batch of the Red Jam Macarons with a classic almond shell. A designer exclusive (yes they have designer exclusives) for Christian Lacroix and suitable for the celebration of love in shades of mauve and pink.

Laduree French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

As you will see below, mine are certainly nowhere near the perfection of a Ladureé macaron, but simply the best I’ve ever made at home, with jam filling made from raspberries, strawberries and cherries, which was good enough to eat by the spoonful, no lie! The color of my shells definitely still need work as do my thin “feet” but I know what I did wrong, and cannot wait to make them again.  Now the question is which recipe I’ll try next.

Laduree French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

I actually made these macarons earlier in the week and photographed via instagram, but I stored a few in the freezer, which I’m enjoying with a hot glass of tea this morning. My favorite way to kick off the weekend. What’s yours? Perhaps I’ll pair a few more with a glass of champagne tomorrow.

Wishing you all a fabulous Valentine’s Day and weekend. Thanks for reading!

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