It's the sound of my heart going pitter-patter over Valentine's Day!
Just kidding. It's my stomach growling.
I'm not going to lie. I don't love Valentine's Day. I like it as a friend. It's as good of a day as any to take a little time and think about love and pray for my sweet husband and be thankful that God gave him to me.
But you know what I do love? Sweet things. You know when it seems to be socially acceptable to stuff your face with sweet things? Valentine's day. ...okay, so maybe I do love that day...
this recipe by Ina Garten for a long time now, so I thought I'd try my own little spin on it.
Now, the original recipe is made with an actual coeur a la creme mold. It's traditionally a heart shaped mold, so that in itself would make an adorable dessert for Valentine's day. I'm not big on buying individual little dishes that only work for one thing (it'd end up being used to drain pasta...), so I've never bought one. Instead, I just use some basic kitchen utensils most everyone has.
What you'll need:
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 lemons (this is different than Ms. Garten's recipe)
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
Let's talk about cream cheese. Don't go 1/3 of the fat stuff here. It's not the time, my dears. Just remember you're going to be eating way more strawberry than you are filling. (I'm not, but you might.) Next, room temp is so important. If it's cold, it's not ever going to whip.
First, whip together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until it's a creamy texture.
Stop. Write this down mentally: In the summer, cut open a fresh peach, sprinkle on some butter and brown sugar, grill, and top it with this mixture of cream cheese and powdered sugar. Jeepers it's amazing.
If you're in a pinch and want to eat this today, this would actually be fine as it is piped into the strawberries or used as a dip..
Otherwise, add the heavy cream and beat that sucker to stiff peaks. Taste. Fall in love.
Again, this would work as an alternative to whipped cream for a strawberry or fruit dip...but I love the end product if you give it the time it deserves.
Pipe the mixture into the strawberries. Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
They aren't chocolate, but these little guys are probably my favorite Valentine treat ever.