On Saturday, the Great Day of Hearts (properly celebrated by some, over-celebrated by others, and completely dreaded by the rest of the population), we completely sealed our 'valentines is about others' deal. I wrote a minor report on what I've taught my kids to think of Valentines, and although I do mildly regret -at times- teaching them it's not just for lovers, I am now withholden to practice what I've been practicing and preaching up until this point. So they come into Valentines, fully expecting that their father will lather on the goodies for them, and that we'll be treating someone else to some fun Valentines-related treats as well. The thought never crosses their minds that Myron and I would go out together -sans kids- on Valentines.
This year did not disappoint. We rose early, made some heart shaped bacon and eggs, and went full on into the day. We had some fun desserts to prepare, flowers to arrange, new stranger-guests to be had for a delightful afternoon/eve and pizza, as well as some babysitting thrown in there. Myron and I have some single, guy-friends who had it on their heart to serve some of their lady-friends, a 5 star dinner for the evening, and we got nominated to do dessert. They put together a fabulous (from what I've heard) dinner, and we provided the dessert and the flowers. It was so fun to make these chocolate boxes, filled with a light chocolate mousse, brownie bites, and raspberries. Drizzled in white chocolate.
While I know Valentines Day is over, at least for this year, I love the idea of these chocolate boxes so much. They're just a perfect way to serve up something 'a little fancy' and make anyone feel special. They would make a terrific Easter brunch extra: Made of white chocolate and filled with fruit. Or bridal shower food. Or just to show your handsome husband how much you love him.
Here's the process:
1 chocolate bar of your choice
Extra chocolate for melting.
Cut the chocolate into 4 pieces. Or you can get fancy and go for 5, using the 5th piece as a 'lid'.
Melt the additional chocolate and dip the 4 pieces into it, on the short ends. 'Glue' the four pieces together by holding them upright until the chocolate has cooled enough to stand on their own.
Here's my mousse recipe:
Simple and easy version-
3 C. cold milk
1/2C. instant pudding mix
1 16 oz. carton of heavy whipping cream
Chocolate syrup (if desired)
Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat on high until peaks form. You can add in as much, or as little, chocolate syrup as you like.
The complex (and very worth it) version involves making your own custard, instead of the instant pudding, melting in the real chocolate and then cooling. After which you would whip in your heavy cream until peaks form. I love this version with white chocolate, instead of milk or dark.
I think mousse almost always screams "Add fruit to me! I'm not complete or perfect without it!". Mousse is like the dessert of my dreams...light, fluffy, only mildly sweet, and yet so smooth and easy on the taste buds.
laissez les bons temps rouler!