Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and like everything else this past year, it will probably look a little different. A lot of us are used to going out for Valentine’s Day, but with social distancing in place we know that might not be the case for you this year. Whether you are celebrating with your best friends, or your one true love, here are a few delicious ways to indulge and still enjoy the day! After all, what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate?!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries- The classic, yet always delicious, chocolate strawberries are a fun treat to make no matter if you are in a small group, or it’s just the two of you.
- 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves intact
- 16 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8 ounces white chocolate for drizzling (optional)
- Sprinkles, coarse sugar, or finely chopped nuts for decorating (optional)
- Rinse berries under cold water and dry thoroughly
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Use a large enough pan to allow an inch or two of space between the strawberries.
If you plan on coating dipped strawberries with finely chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut flakes, crushed candy, etc., prep those ingredients now and put them in bowls.
- Melt the chocolate. Carefully, melt the chocolate in the microwave. 30 seconds at a time on low heat to make sure you don’t over cook it.
- Dip the strawberries.The chocolate should be warm, not hot. One at a time, pick up a strawberry by the stem, and dip into the chocolate, bottom first, to about ¾ of the way up. Optional:If you are using extras such as sprinkles, coconut, etc, you can now roll the strawberry into the ingredient of your choice.
- Place the strawberry onto the lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the strawberries are dipped.
- Place in the fridge for one hour to cool.
If you aren’t a huge Chocolate Covered Strawberries fan, but still love that combination together, you are going to love this next dessert.
Here's a great chocolate cake recipe to go along with your chocolate covered strawberries. There's never too much chocolate, right?
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 12 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate chips
- 5 oz.white chocolate chips
- 1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- 5 Tablespoons cool water
- 2 quarts strawberries (small strawberries work best)
- 1 Lb of strawberries, quartered
To make chocolate cake-
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, grease baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add egg, milk, oil and vanilla and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add ½ cup boiling water and mix until combine.
- Pour the batter in the pan and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (25-35 minutes). Cool 10 minutes in the pan, than remove from pans and cool completely.
For chocolate mousse filling:
- In a small dish soften 2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin in 2.5 tablespoons cool water, set aside.
- In a bowl combine semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and butter. Melt over double boiler or microwave. Stir until smooth and set aside to cool.
- Heat softened gelatin on low heat and stir to dissolve and became completely free of lumps, set aside to cool.
- Mix 1 3/4 cups heavy cream and vanilla extract until medium peaks form, gradually adding powdered sugar. Mix in gelatin.
- Stir a few tablespoons of whipped cream into melted chocolate mixture to lighten it. Then transfer chocolate mixture into remaining whipped cream and gently fold in with a spatula, scraping the bottom to incorporate the cream completely.
Assemble the cake: To create the layers, lay a slice of chocolate cake and top with chopped strawberries. Then add a layer of chocolate mousse. For more depth, add another layer of chocolate cake and another layer of chocolate mousse. Top with shaved white chocolate if desired.
Whatever you decide to do for Valentine’s Day this year, we hope you enjoy and stay safe! We’ll be at home making both of these sweet treats because we have a hard time believing there is such a thing as too much chocolate! 😉