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Valentine Day Desserts
For those in love, every single day is a day of love; however, there is always something a little extra special about Valentine’s Day, which is why you will not mind going out of your way, to make sure that this day remains memorable for your loved one. There will be those who will think that taking your loved one out for a nice dinner would be the best thing to do. However, there are those who will think that there is nothing better than a home cooked meal.
No matter what you do, it is the grand finale, the desserts that matter the most – rather you could do an entire meal of just desserts, and on Valentine’s Day, it would turn out to be just perfect. The only problem you might face is what sweet treat to make, that will entice the taste buds of the one you love.
Simply Sweet Valentine’s Day Desserts
There is nothing more sensual in the world of food, than chocolate, and there is simply so much that you can do with this particular bean. You can bake a cake or a tart, pour the sauce on top of fruits or puddings, or serve it up simply the way it is – there is hardly a chance to go wrong with chocolate.
If you are thinking on the lines of cakes and tarts, you could have something as simple as a heart shaped chocolate cake with a thick layer of chocolate frosting. Or you could do something a little more exotic with a molten mocha cake, which has a hint of coffee flavour and oozes warm chocolate, when cut into. Serve warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or even mascarpone cream, and you have a hit on your hands.
Tarts made with chocolate are also great for such special dinners, and one that has nuts in it will prove to be pretty lip smacking. Try combining chocolate with walnuts, almonds, fruits like tangerine, lime, pears, or even bourbon, for a recipe that will surely spell success for you!
Chocolate also works really well in cookies and cupcakes and given that both are gaining much popularity with people of all ages, it might be a good idea to serve one of these. You could experiment with a red velvet cupcake which has a rich chocolate frosting, a regular chocolate cupcake which has a piece of brownie on the top or even a regular buttermilk cupcake which has heart shaped candies, hidden in the middle!
Chocolate cookies can be sweet or even spicy – try baking ones with a little hint of paprika in them. Get a heart shaped cookie cutter and go crazy with the chocolaty dough, which you can either frost with either regular chocolate sauce or with sauces made from strawberries, raspberries, or even blueberries. Use these cookies to let your beloved know how much you love him/her, by piping love notes on them.
There is so much more you can do with chocolate – try chocolate hot pots, with the brownie like exterior and oozing, fudge like interior. You could play around with this basic recipe by adding coffee or even caramel and salt. If you have some puff pastry at home, there is so much that you can do with it. Fill it with a decadent chocolate ganache, or just bake them, sprinkle with some icing sugar and then drench them in warm chocolate syrup.
For those of you who are confident enough to take on choux pastry or soufflés, there is the option of chocolate éclairs or a chocolate soufflé. If you want to play around with the basic chocolate soufflé, you could always add a hint of cappuccino powder and cinnamon and turn it into a cappuccino soufflé!
Strawberries are always associated with a certain sense of sensuality, which is why it is the most perfect fruit for Valentine’s Day desserts. While the easiest and perhaps the most romantic way of serving this fruit would be either dipped in chocolate or with a dollop of sweetened cream, there are plenty of other things to do with the same.
You could bake a simple sponge and make it decadent by strewing it with lots of fresh strawberries and then dousing the whole thing with homemade strawberry syrup. Think small of this same cake and you will have a truly luscious cupcake. Lavish it with strawberry buttercream and add some finely chopped strawberries!
Strawberries work really well with soufflés and tarts as well, which is why you should consider serving a frozen strawberry soufflé or a strawberry tart. Both of these can be prepared in advance, offering you more time to spend at the dinner table, rather than flustering around in the kitchen!
There is another berry that is just perfect for sweet treats, made especially for Valentine’s Day and that fruit happens to be the juicy raspberry. The best thing about raspberries is that they work really well with other fruits too. Try baking a heart shaped pie, combining juicy raspberries with succulent pears. Combine with raspberries with a vanilla laced sabayon, to make a truly ethereal dessert that you both will definitely enjoy.
Raspberries work really well in trifles too, which is why you can make a great English style trifle with a lovely sponge and lots of sweetened whipped cream. You could even try a raspberry clafoutis, with lots of chopped and whole fruits in it. Surprisingly enough, raspberries taste even better, when you add a little bit of black pepper and prosecco. Try this combination in a sorbet and your loved one will most certainly ask you to make it once more!
And Then There is More
If you want to do something a little different, there are plenty of options for you, because Valentine’s Day desserts just don’t have to be about chocolate and strawberries. For instance, you could prepare tartlets using puff pastry and fill them with cooked and juicy pears. Did the raspberry clafoutis, capture your attention? Then why not try the same recipe with cherries or caramelised apples, because these will turn out to be just beautiful as well.
Try poaching pears in a wine sauce or figs with some cinnamon and cloves, and you will have a dessert that will have a purely syrupy dessert, which you will want to lick your fingers after. Or how about shaping hearts out of puff pastry, and filling them with a simple filling of raisins and brown sugar? Even meringues in this shape will be wonderful, especially if you cover them with fresh fruits and icing sugar.
It would be interesting to see the reaction of your loved one, when they see a heart shaped doughnut, which is covered only with red sprinkles! Something a little different would heart rosettes, which is actually a sweet treat from Sweden. The light and truly delicious pieces of fried dough, can be taken to a whole new level if you add some vanilla and cardamom.
How about doing some Valentine’s Day special cookies? Here too, you will have a plethora of options to choose from. Make simple cookies with peanut butter or jazz them up by sandwiching two peanut butter sandwiches with some jam. Heart shaped cookies with bright coloured frosting would be great, and they would be even better, if you pipe on some sweet love notes, with chocolate on top.
A truly different combination would be bourbon and black currants, but they work wonderfully in cookies. Whether you prepare a simple chocolate cake or a more elaborate crème caramel, as long you serve it lots and lots of love, it will be the best dessert in the world, for the one you love!Valentine Day Desserts,