Friday, October 17, 2008

STICKY and BitterSWEET Divorce Dessert

Divorce sucks, but so does the process of divorcing one of your thighs from the other (CARDIO, PEOPLE. Cardio!), that's why we here at Paula Leen have created our homage to Madonna, Guy Ritchie and the entire divorcing process with our: Sticky and BitterSweet Truffle Spectacular.

"Y'all, when you're done makin' these, you'll be JUST like Madonna: Low-Fat and Semi-Sweet with balls in your hand!" -Paula Leen

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (1/4 teaspoon for more heat)
4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted + extra for ball rolling
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted + extra for ball rolling

Melt chocolate chips in microwave. (Should take about a minute.) Stir until completely smooth. Blend in cinnamon and cayenne.

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add melted chocolate and mix until completely blended. Slowly add cocoa powder (so all the powder doesn't blow up in your face like a night at Studio 54), working it into the chocolate-cream cheese mixture until completely combined.

Working it like you're Jacques Torres will have the mixture come together and stay together fabulously...unlike Madonna and Guy.

Now then, apply the same principle to working in the powdered sugar until you have made a chocolatey ball of playdough. Pinch off small balls (holding for laughs) and roll in the palms of your hand until well-shaped. Lightly roll the balls in sifted cocoa powder or powdered sugar -- shaking off any excess (just like Madonna did) and you should get at least 20 truffles. (Okay: real world "I-licked-some-off-my-fingers-and-spilled-some-on-the-floor" count is 18, but the point is they're ONLY 82 calories each and if you wanted to, you could use Splenda instead of sugar to make yourself feel even better about this dessert... but the Paula Leen camp stands by it's preference of natural sweeteners.) Note: You can skip the powder rolling altogether for particularly sticky balls.

Place balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet (or something flat and portable) and chill for at least an hour... or seven and a half unhappy years...

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