Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Have you got trips to the beach for mimosas planned, or hikes and a picnic planned? Or are you keeping things chill at home? I think my favorite is to be outside and active all day, and then come home for a quiet dinner. That is time well spent in my book!
In honor of my ideal, I figured that I would share a quick and easy way to look like a rock star in the kitchen. This dessert is super yummy while being criminally quick and easy. It’s a slightly different take on strawberries and cream. The best part is playing with chocolate. With the help of a microwave, you can easily turn a basic dessert into something worthy of a Valentine’s Day celebration.
Quick Strawberry Mousse
1 pint of strawberries
1/4-1/2 cup of sugar
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1 cup of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
Whirl together the fresh strawberries and sugar until you have a smooth puree.You can stop here with the strawberries, or you can thicken them by cooking them in a heavy bottomed pot until your strawberry mixture reduces a bit. Actually, if you are looking for a slightly more complex flavor, it tastes amazing when you carmelize them a bit. The flavor in the end product is surprisingly addictive (go figure, I found that out from almost burning my strawberries the first time 😉 ).
While the strawberries cool (in the fridge), grab your chocolate and head to the microwave.Once it is melted (about 20 seconds), write some sweet sayings with a marker on some wax paper. Flip it upside down and then scrap your melted chocolate into a Ziplock baggie.Snip the tip of one of the corners and begin to trace all your sweet notes.While the strawberries are cooling and the chocolate sets, start whipping up your heavy cream.Combine a tablespoon or two sugar with the cream as it whips.So simple and so goooood!
Now fold the cooled strawberries into the whipped cream.
Scrapping the “mouse” into a gallon bag will let you cleanly pipe it into some cute dishes.
The last step is the chocolate. Gently peel the chocolate off of the waxed paper.Gahhhh these turned out soooo cute!!
Too precious! I hope you are feeling like you can conquer the world right now….or at least dessert.
Enjoy it with a nice port and some candlelight. So sweet.
Happy Valentine’s Day!