Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and dinner at home might just be the perfect romantic setting. Restaurants are crowded and hard to get into, but FRESH has plenty of choices when it comes to planning a special dinner at home.
When it comes to dessert, Valentine’s Day always makes me think of chocolate, and individual chocolate-almond tarts topped with delicious juicy strawberries are sure to please.
The VIP Pastry Shells, located in the freezer section, make assembling these pies an easy task. These three-inch pastry shells are often on my list for dinner parties and special events because individual pies are always a hit with guests. They look beautiful arranged on a platter, and there’s just something about having your own individual pie that makes you feel special.
There are eight shells in a box, and with this recipe, you just add the filling and bake. The filling ingredients are simple – Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, sliced almonds, egg whites and sugar. Stir everything together, fill the pastry shells and bake.
These pies are rich enough to satisfy any chocolate craving and are so easy to make – even the men could make a batch for the ladies.
8 oz Ghirardelli dark chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup sliced almonds, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg whites
1 box VIP Pastry Shells
powdered sugar and fresh berries, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350° F.In a bowl, stir together the chocolate, almonds, sugar and egg whites.Prick the sides and bottoms of the tart shells with a fork. Spoon the filling into the crust.Bake for 25 minutes until chocolate is melted and crust is golden. Cool completely.Turn pies upside down in the palm of your hand and remove from the tin. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh berries.