Valentine's Day Dessert recipes

Love for Chocolates

Ingredients :
* 400 ml double cream
* 0.5 tsp chilli powder
* 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1 orange, grated zest
* 400 g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids chopped into small pieces
* 100 ml champagne, or sparkling wine

Preparation :

1. Place the cream, chilli, cinnamon, and orange zest in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring often. Choose the saucepan that comfortably holds all the ingredients, and with heat dissipater or thick bottomed base.

2. Whisk well adding the dark chocolate until smooth and glossy. Add the champagne too and mix well.

3. Pour into a decorative serving bowl and place on a large dinner plate or round tray. If you have heart shaped containers, use them too.

4. Decorate to your heart’s content before you serve. For example, you can thread a selection of brownies (cut into 2cm cubes), strawberries, marshmallows, mini-muffins and an assortment of colorful fruit (kiwis, pineapple or papaya) onto skewers or cocktail sticks. Arrange these fruit skewers around the fondue pot - for an added flourish, sprinkle with rose petals for decoration. Be creative, and give your own personal touches.

Musse of Rich chocolate

Ingredients :
* 140 g vanilla sugar
* 3 whole eggs, separated, plus 3 extra egg yolks
* 1 tbsp cocoa powder
* 200 ml double cream
* 85 g unsalted butter, cubed
* 225 g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
* 1 tbsp armagnac

To decorate:
* 125 ml double cream, lightly whipped
* 50 g dark chocolate, grated

Preparation :

1. Put 55g of the sugar, all 6 egg yolks, the cocoa powder and the cream together in a bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

2. Whisk the mixture continuously until it thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

3. Remove from the heat and add the butter and chocolate pieces, a little at a time, whisking until melted and fully incorporated.

4. Stir in the armagnac.

5. Whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the remaining sugar a little at a time, and continue to whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy and meringue-like.

6. Fold the meringue lightly but thoroughly into the chocolate mixture.

7. Spoon the mixture into a large serving bowl or individual glasses and refrigerate until set.

8. Decorate with a swirl of whipped cream and some grated chocolate.

Pan Fudge Cake

Ingredients :
* 1½ cups sugar
* ½ cup cocoa
* 1½ teaspoons baking soda
* 2 cups flour
* ¾ teaspoon salt
* 1½ teaspoons vanilla
* ¾ cup vegetable oil
* 1½ cups water
* 1½ teaspoons vinegar

Preparation :

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In an ungreased 9 x 13 pan- yes UNgreased, sift all dry ingredients.
3. Add the liquids and stir just until blended.
4. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Frost with your favorite frosting, cake is extremely moist so care must be taken that you don't tear up the top of the cake.

Cream Pie Chocolate

Ingredients :
* ¾ cup sugar
* 1 (12 ounce) box chocolate wafers
* ½ cup milk
* 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 4 large egg whites
* 8 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
* 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation :

  1. Place the chocolate wafers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add melted butter and stir until well combined.
  4. Press into the bottom and lower half of the sides of an 8" springform pan.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Pour the milk in a small bowl.
  7. Sprinkle the gelatin over the milk and let it soften for 5 minutes.
  8. Place the cream and 2 Tbsp of sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  9. Add the gelatin mixture, stir to combine.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Add chocolate and vanilla, cover and let stand for 3 minutes.
  12. Stir until combined well.
  13. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into the prepared cookie crust.
  14. Return filled crust to refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
  15. Place the egg whites and remaining ¾ cup of sugar in the heat proof bowl of an electric mixer and place over a pan of barely simmering water.
  16. Stir constantly until the egg whites are warm to the touch and the sugar is completely dissolved, about three minutes.
  17. Attach the bowl to the mixer and use the whisk attachment to beat the egg whites on medium until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes.
  18. Raise speed to high and beat until stiff and glossy but not dry, about 1-½ minutes.
  19. Remove pie from refrigerator.
  20. Using a rubber spatula, drop meringue on top, lifting to create tall peaks.
  21. Use a kitchen blowtorch to brown the top of the meringue peaks or place under a broiler, watching carefully as it will brown quickly.
  22. Chill the pie in the refrigerator and serve cold.
  23. This pie will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Chocolate Truffle Cookies
A very dark, rich chocolate cookie for the true chocoholic. This recipe uses relatively little flour, resulting in dense, fudge-like cookies. These cookies keep well in the freezer (but you may have a hard time waiting for them to thaw before you eat them).

Ingredients :
* 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* 6 tablespoons butter
* 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup white sugar
* ¼ teaspoon baking powder
* ¼ teaspoon salt
* 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* ½ cup all-purpose flour

  1. In the microwave or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the butter stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whip eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and the chocolate mixture until well mixed. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into the chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining 1 cup chocolate chips. Cover dough and chill for at least an hour or overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll chilled dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets so they are 2 inches apart.

  3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Pecan Pudding

Ingredients :
Desserts, Low-fat
1 tb Butter Or Margarine
1 ea Large Beaten Egg White
1/3 c Dark Corn Syrup
1/4 ts Vanilla
2 tb Unbleached Flour
1/8 ts Baking Powder
1/4 c Chopped Pecans
1 x Powdered Sugar

Preparation : In a 15-ounce custard cup microwave the butter or margarine, uncovered, on 100% power for 30 to 40 seconds or just till melted. Swirl the butter in the custard cup, coating sides and bottom. Pour the excess butter from the custard cup into the beaten egg. Stir in the dark corn syrup and vanilla. Stir together flour and baking powder. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Gently fold in chopped pecans. Pour the pecan mixture into the buttered 15-ounce custard cup. Microwave, uncovered, on 50% power for 3 to 4 minutes or till the pecan mixture is just set, rotating the custard cup a half-turn every minute. Sift a little powdered sugar atop. Serve warm with light cream, if desired.

Meringue Tarts with Strawberries

Ingredients :
Desserts, Low-fat
1 c Sugar
1/2 ts Baking powder
1/8 ts Salt
3 ea Egg whites
1 ts Vanilla
1 ts Vinegar
1 ts Water
1 ea Fresh sliced strawberries

Preparation :

Sift the sugar with the baking powder and salt. Combine the egg whites, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Add the sugar mixture, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to the egg whites, alternating with a few drops of the liquid, beating constantly. When all combined, continue to beat for several minutes. Place large spoonfuls on baking sheet and shape into shallow cups. Bake at 225 degrees F. for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the meringues form the sheet quickly and cool them on rack. Fill with the strawberries.

Quick Raisin Dessert for Valentine's Day

Ingredients :
Desserts, Low-fat
1 c white sugar
1 c flour
2 ts baking soda
1 pn salt
1 c raisins
1/2 c milk

Preparation :

Combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well; stir in raisins and milk. Put in a greased 8"x11" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Peanut Butter Valentines Kiss Bars

Ingredients :
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
1/4 c butter or margarine
1 c light brown sugar, packed
2 ea eggs
1 ts vanilla
2/3 c unsifted all-purpose flour
1 c chopped salted peanuts
16 ea chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Preparation :

Cream peanut butter, butter and brown sugar in mixer bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Blend in flour, stir in 3/4 cup chopped peanuts. Spread evenly in greased 9x9x2-inch square pan. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts. Bake at 350 F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; immediately press chocolate kisses in top allowing space for cutting the bars into squares. Cool completely; remove from pan.

Red Hot Valentine's Day Salad

Ingredients :
Desserts, Low-fat
6 oz Cherry Jello; (2 Pkgs)
4 oz Red Hots Candy
3 c Boiling Water
20 oz Pineapple, Crushed, Undrained
2 c Applesauce

Preparation :

Dissolve jello and cinnamon red hots in boiling water; set aside and let cool till room temperature When jello is cooled, add pineapple and applesauce. Pour into oiled 8-cup mold. Chill before serving.

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