Chocolate Box Surprise
Like any other gift this box also has a surprise element. The trick is to add a little extra under the berry layer.
To make decorative chocolate boxes
Using decorative, transparent paper cut 4 even squares to a size of your choice. Place cooking chocolate, broken into pieces in a glass bowl that fits snugly on top of a pot of gently simmering water or a double boiler. Do not allow water to reach the chocolate. Place the transparent paper on a flat surface and spread a thick layer of melted chocolate evenly over the paper. Leave chocolate to dry slightly and place a sheet of baking paper over the chocolate. Place a large flat weight on top of paper to avoid the chocolate curling up on the sides. A large book works well. Once the chocolate is completely dry remove weight and paper. Melt some extra chocolate and spoon into a piping bag. Assemble the chocolate box by piping chocolate on the edge of each square and pushing the edge of the other square against it. Keep the square intact until the chocolate is dry. Pipe more chocolate along the inside corners to secure the box.
SUGGESTED fillings for the chocolate box
- A square of chocolate cake, the size of the box. Top with whipped sweetened cream and a mixture of fresh berries.
- Chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries
50ml strong black coffee
150g dark chocolate
3 eggs separated
10ml Huletts Castor Sugar
250ml fresh cream
- Heat the coffee in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the chocolate and butter, and stir until chocolate has melted and is smooth.
- Leave to cool and mix in the egg yolks.
- Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and fold into chocolate mixture.
- Pour into individual dishes and place in the refrigerator overnight to set.