With Valentine’s Day looming on the horizon, everyone is scrambling for the perfect way to say, “I love you”, even the Team at McBeth Orthodontics. Well, we all know the saying goes: “The way to a man’s heart, or anyone’s… is through their stomach”!
Traditionally, one of the most popular gifts on Valentine’s Day is chocolate. There’s a good reason – chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same naturally occurring amino-acid released when we fall in love.
If you or someone special wears braces, go all out and make a special chocolate Valentine’s Day treat that is is “brace safe”. We all know McBeth Orthodontics advises their patients to stay away from sticky, chewy and hard foods to prevent damage to their appliances. This includes many valentine chocolates with nuts, caramel, toffee, and nougat.
Below is a great recipe with a “secret ZING ingredient” you can whip up on your own from scratch instead of using a package mix for this extra special day. Whether it be a special someone or the entire family, they will appreciate the time effort when they first sink their teeth into this decadent Valentine’s Day Chocolate treat.
The recipe is courtesy of simplyrecipes.com and we added our own “secret” ingredient to give it that special ZING flavor that no one will be able to tell what it is!
Chocolate Mousse a la McBeth Orthodontics – It is worth the effort…
- 4 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped ( substitute bittersweet chips)
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, diced
- 2 tablespoons espresso or very strong coffee (try using decaf espresso from a local Starbucks)
- 1 cup cold heavy cream
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Secret Ingredient “1/8 tsp” cayenne pepper
- (Optional) Raspberries and extra whipped cream on top for that festive look
- Whip the cream to soft peaks, then refrigerate.
- Combine the chocolate, butter, cayenne pepper, and espresso in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not simmering, water, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool until the chocolate is just slightly warmer than body temperature. To test, dab some chocolate on your bottom lip. It should feel warm. If it is too cool, the mixture will seize when the other ingredients are added. To speed up the process, set the bowl in the kitchen sink filled a few inches of cold water.
- Once the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, whip the egg whites in a medium bowl until they are foamy and beginning to hold a shape. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
- When the chocolate has reached the proper temperature, stir in the yolks. Gently stir in about one-third of the whipped cream. Fold in half the whites just until incorporated, and then fold in the remaining whites, and finally the remaining whipped cream.
- Spoon or pipe the mousse into a serving bowl or individual dishes. If you wish, layer in fresh raspberries and whipped cream. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. (The mousse can be refrigerated for up to a day.)
- Serves 5-8, depending on the size of the servings.
Your loved one will really appreciate the gesture.
Just as a reminder, chocolate may be good for your heart and sweet tooth, but it is definitely bad for your teeth… so don’t forget to brush afterwards.
Leave a comment after you try this recipe and let us know how you rate it!