LatinoFoodie hosted its first “My Foodie Valentine” at our home with a special five course tasting menu inspired by Nestlé products. Nestlé Kitchens graciously underwrote the cost for the Tasting. We invited a small group of friends, family and fellow food and wine bloggers to spend a Sunday evening sharing love, laughter, and good food and wine. Make sure to continue reading below for our Dark Chocolate and Coffee Brownie Love Bites recipe.
First Flight – First Date Jitters
Beef Sliders seasoned with Maggi Seasoning with Caramelized Onions, Stuffed with Bleu Cheese & Bacon, and served with Garlic Hasselback Potatoes with a Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce
2009 Aspaldi Rioja Cosecha. Rioja, Spain
Second Flight – Taking a Chance on Love
Three-cheese Baked Peruvian Tallarin Verde inspired by Carnation Evaporated Milk and Nestlé’s Media Crema
2010 Pisano Torrontes Rio de Los Pajaros. Progreso, Uruguay
Third Flight – The Joy of Meeting the Family
Sinfully Spicy & Nutty Abuelita Chocolate
Chicken Mole Taco
2008 Flichman Malbec Tupungato. Mendoza, Argentina
Fourth Flight – Hot Passion Ensues
Chile Verde with Maggi Seasoning Stuffed Pasilla Peppers with a Sweet Cream (La Lechera) Corn Sauce
2010 Chateau Los Boldos Chardonnay Cuvée Tradition. Rapel Valley, Chile
Fifth Flight – Love…Aint it Sweet?
Red Hot Velvet Cake
Sant Orsola Brachetto d’Acqui. Italy
Assorted Chocolates, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Dark Chocolate and Coffee Brownie Love Bites,
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
We’d like to acknowledge and thank Lourdes Rodriguez of VPE Public Relations, Laura Zitouni from Melrose Catering, plus… Pamela Corante-Hansen (www.LatinaWineBlogger.com) for providing sample pairing wines, and our dear friends Tara O’Reilly and aspiring pastry chef JL Bennett. Last, but certainly not least, Chubby, for not eating any of the Nestle chocolates.
“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” Judy Garland
Dark Chocolate and Coffee Brownie Love Bites
5.3 oz. butter, softened
4 oz. Nestle Tollhouse Dark Chocolate Morsels
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
¼ cup Nestle Cocoa Powder, sifted
2 tbsp Nescafe Classico
Garnish with a dusting of Nestle Toll House Cocoa or powdered sugar
Preheat your oven 350°F. Prepare a cookie sheet by brushing it with melted butter. Place a piece of parchment paper to line the bottom, with two flaps hanging over sides. You don’t have to, but it’ll make removing your brownies a lot easier.
Over a double boiler, heat the butter and chocolate until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk in the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. It’s important that your chocolate is not hot otherwise it’ll cook your eggs. Once your egg and chocolate mixtures are combined, stir in the flour, cocoa, and coffee until just combined.
Pour into your prepared pan and smooth it out with your spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan. Using (heart-shaped) cookie cutters cut out your brownie bites. The yield will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter. Sprinkled with a little of the hot cocoa powder.
These little brownies are great serves alongside fresh berries and crème anglaise or a sprinkling of powdered sugar or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
Disclosure: Nestle Kitchens underwrote the expenses for the food provided at the tasting. However, all menu items were created and developed by LatinoFoodie.