A) An expensive rock and lifetime commitment as her slave husband
B) Candlelit dinner overlooking an enormous body of water
C) Acquiring the skills to dance, sing and play an instrument (extra points if you join a boy band)
D) All of the above
If you chose “D” then you are WRONG! Actually, they are all wrong. The path to a woman’s heart is much like a labyrinth that is trekked in complete darkness…you may get close but one wrong turn and it will take you an obscene amount of time to get back on track. Yeah, women are confusing. I have not decoded the way women think and to my knowledge…it’s simply impossible to fully understand the female species. I do know one thing though…women eat food…and…that is as far as my comprehension goes.
For the ladies reading this…please keep things simple for us guys.
Ok, going back to my previous point, it is safe to assume (on a basic level) that women eat. You know…it kind of helps them…not die. Going deeper into this point, it’s also safe to assume that food with a little bit of “thought” will improve the chances of gaining a woman’s approval. So, where does this lead us? The safe and solid solution, that I have found, to a woman’s heart…is a Chocolate Strawberry Creme Brulee.
This is basically Valentine’s Day on a plate. This edible form of love is a blend between chocolate covered strawberries (the standard dessert on Valentine’s Day) and a Creme Brulee (the standard fancy dessert…everyday). A layer of crunchy sugar blankets the silky strawberry custard which is sitting…
on a dark chocolate bottom! Surprise!!! Because…women love surprises (especially if it is chocolate).
Side Note: I’m pretty sure this rule only applies to good surprises.
Alright, moving on…
Flowers. What is Valentine’s Day without a dozen overpriced, recently decapitated plant life? I’m not a fan of flowers but since we are celebrating a special day…that whipped cream is infused with the aroma and flavor of…you guessed it…ROSE! See what I mean?…Good surprises.
Gentlemen, you have been armed with what I consider the “Master Key to a Woman’s Heart”…now it’s all up to you.
Preheat the oven to 300F and bring a pot of water to a boil.
In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips in the heavy cream. Add in a pinch of salt when the mixture is smooth.
Evenly spread the chocolate onto the bottom of your ramekins and place them in the freezer to harden up a little (15 minutes). This will keep the layers separated.
Optional: melt some chocolate in a microwave (20 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted) and make designs on aluminum or parchment paper as garnish.
Whip the heavy cream to soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar, rose water and whip until you have stiff peaks. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
In a bowl, whisk the egg yolk and 1 tbsp of sugar until the mixture is frothy.
Bring the strawberry milk to a simmer over medium heat (you will see tiny bubbles).
SLOWLY pour the strawberry milk into your egg yolks while whisking. You will cook the eggs if you pour it in all at once.
Strain the mixture (preferably into a container that has a spout).
Divide the mixture into your ramekins and place them in a baking dish. Fill halfway up with boiling water (this will keep your custard from cracking or becoming rubbery on the top). Bake for 35-40 minutes (until the sides are set but the center is still wobbly).
Allow the custards to cool down (preferably on a rack), cover, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours to set.
Prior to serving, spread a thin layer of sugar on your custards.
In a circular motion, about 2 inches directly pointing down...caramelize the sugar. Keep moving and don't stay in the same spot for too long.
Wait 5 minutes for the sugar to harden then top with your garnishes and serve.
I recommend shallow ramekins for Creme Brulee because you have more surface area to put the sugar on. I used four 4 oz ramekins and one 10 oz ramekin.
You can also set your Creme Brulee on top of the highest rack and broil at the highest setting your oven has (I found this method ok, the custard came out slightly melted though).