For those of you planning a Valentine’s Night dinner what are you going to serve for dessert? I don’t know about you, but for me that is the best part of the meal. I know that everyone has their own tastes, but here are two great options that should appeal to the masses. (Maybe not their hips, but at least their stomachs!)
First up is one of my all time favorites:
If you have never had this before picture a kinda firm creamy mousse. This was the total bane of my pregnancy because it was one of my top cravings, but also off limits because of the raw eggs. *Health note – If you are elderly, pregnant, infirm, or a small child, eating anything containing raw eggs is frowned upon. Sorry, but if this applies to you look for a recipe that uses a pasteurized egg substitute like this one. I’m just not sure how it will taste.* If you are a rebel like me, laugh in the face of eggy danger and try the one below
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
3 (1 oz) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 prepared 8 inch pie crust
Cream butter in a mixing bowl.
Gradually beat in sugar with an electric mixer until light and well blended.
Stir in the chocolate and vanilla extract.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating 5 min. after each addition, on med-high speed with the whisk attachment. (I’m impatient, but this is important. at least 4)
Spoon chocolate filling into pie crust.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
I’ll post my pictures and Ant’s opinion of this version of the cake this weekend, but if you give any of the flavors a try (or invent your own) please let me know how it turns out. I’m going to try my hardest, but this new apartment oven seems to run a little hot and I am a bit nervous. I’m bound to mess this up somehow.
(Update: The Reese’s cup version has finally been made and Ant says it is “Fantastic!”. He isn’t really the descriptive sort, so when I pressed him all I got was “It tastes like a really good cheesecake. I don’t know what else to say.” Well. I guess that will have to do. Maybe he’ll take some to the office and they’ll give me better feedback. But for now we know it is at least edible!)
On a totally random note, you know when you have one of those ideas that you just have to share? We’ll I’m sure this has been done before, but to all the mom’s. If you have a toddler who Hoovers their snacks and come right back for more give this a try.
Stop by tomorrow and catch some Valentine’s Day Cooties!
#38 – French Silk Chocolate Pie
#39 – Customizable Cheesecake