Saturday, February 13, 2010
Flourless Choco-Pama Cupcakes-A Simple Valentine's Surprise
I was so intrigued when I heard about some fabulous cupcakes made with Pama, a pomegranate liqueur, but with the economy the way it is they were a little pricey. However, the folks at Pama, sent me some samples so I could try to create a Valentine's treat that anyone, even a cooking-challenged husband could make for that special someone for Valentine's Day. And so I did, and I am sharing this recipe for Choco-Pama Flourless Cupcakes. These take about 45 minutes from start to finish, takes 7 ingredients, and only 1 glass bowl to make!!!
So if you are doing dinner for that special someone and you really want to impress him or her with a special dessert, you have to try these. The combination of deep, bittersweet chocolate and the slight tang of the Pama, adds a dimension that is really outstanding Just think how impressed your Valentine will be that you made something so spcial from scratch, in less time than it would take you to run to the store and buy a dessert.And a bonus? Pama makes an amazing cocktail as well (make sure you try a Cosmo-pama-politan or Pama and Champagne!
Choco-Pama Flourless Cupcakes
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I used a Ghirardelli bittersweet bar)
1 stick unsalted butter
3 large eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Pama pomegranate liqueur
For the glaze(optional)
1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
2 tablespoons Pama liqueur
1 tbsp hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Break the chocolate bar into pieces in a microwave-proof bowl and add the stick of butter. No need for a double boiler. Just melt in microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until any chunks are melted and the mixture is smooth.
Once smooth, then stir in the sugar until it is incorporated in the chocolate mixture, then stir in the three eggs, 1/2 cup cocoa and two tablespoons of Pama Liqueur until all ingredients are incorporated well.
Put cupcake papers in a 12-cup muffin pan and spray the papers with Baker's Secret to keep from sticking (Isn't that so much easier than greasing and flouring?)
Spoon the batter evenly into the cupcake papers, filling about 1/2 full. I am not telling you to lick the spoon, but believe me you will want to!
Put in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the cupcake rise and the top looks a bit cracked.
Combine the glaze ingredients , remove from the cupcake paper and spoon the glaze over top. And then.... just collect the kudos!!
A Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!