This recipe was inspired by my friend Kathy. I have roasted cauliflower often in garlic and olive oil and she told me once it tasted like candy. That moment came back to me when presented with these ingredients. Hubby thought I’d lost my head when I told him what I was going to do. His thought was cauliflower does NOT belong in a dessert recipe and especially not with chocolate! Was he right? Well, let’s see.
Ingredients For the Cauliflower
1/2 head cauliflower
4 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoon melted butter (use real butter, not margarine)
For the Sauce
2 Tablespoons butter<
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 Tablespoons Nutella
1 Tablespoon Caffe Lolita Liquor
2 ozs dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon sugar or sugar substitute (i.e. Xylitol)
While the cauliflower cools, make the sauce. Add the milk and butter until the butter cools. Add the Nutella and whisk until blended. Add the liquor and the chocolate chips. Finally add the sugar. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar until it’s just the way you want. I like the tartness of the dark chocolate so I minimized the sugar content. Cool the sauce about 30 minutes as well.
So how did this turn out? Quite interesting and I think quite tasty. The cauliflower turned a golden color from sitting in the honey butter and it maintained some crunch without getting mushy. Mushy would not work with this. The chocolate drizzle on top was sweet and tart at the same time. It worked really well with the honey flavor.
I gave some to hubby to try and believe me he was skeptical! And he normally hates the tartness of dark chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised that he thought it was good and ate almost all of it (I was lucky I even got some). So he changed his mind and figured I had not lost my head. He preferred it warm while i preferred it cooled overnight. Either way, it was very good and it is something I would make again.
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