Chocolate. It's a curious thing that such an unassuming bean has become the international symbol of love, and Valentine's Day.
Blame Hallmark, or whomever you want really, for marrying these two together (we certainly aren't complaining) but it's undeniable that chocolate has some seriously mystical, and romantic, properties.
Seeing as the giving (and the glorious eating) of chocolate is a well-established practice on this day of days, we went in search of the perfect choc-ified recipe to wow your sweetheart with.
Our talented friends at Hatch & Co. in Gasworks Plaza—who, incidentally, will be wowing Brisbane's lovers with their own V. Day spread—have whipped up the perfect little dessert to share lovingly with your loved one.
Or, you can keep all to yourself. We don't judge.
Prepare to get choc-mantic.
Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Stir until melted. Remove bowl from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
Place eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric beaters for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is pale, thick and doubled in volume. Fold in cooled chocolate and cocoa powder until combined.
In a separate bowl, whip cream until thickened (be careful not to over-beat). Use a large metal spoon to carefully fold the cream into the chocolate mixture, trying to keep the mixture as light as possible. Spoon into 6 serving glasses and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before serving, then top with fresh, quartered strawberries and grated chocolate to serve. (Or, if you are more adventurous and just serving for two, present like the below with some delightful looking quenelles, like the professionals do. Fancy.)
Image Credit: Daniel Maddock
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