What would Valentine’s Day be without a chocolatey yummy something shared with your special sweetie? Our year here at The Log Home Kitchen started out being hectic with many necessary trips out-of-town, so I offer you five of my tried-and-true Best Valentine Desserts that even Cupid would approve.
Whether it be brownies, cake, cheesecake, chocolates, cookies or pudding, many of us like to share an intimate evening with our significant other with a candlelit dinner-for-two, topped off with a seductively-inducing chocolate dessert. I like to make it special, yet not too complicated.
Like a rich chocolate pots de creme. A little goes a long way. Elegant, velvety on the palate, and memorable in flavor. Sharing a strawberry is optional.
This is probably one of the easiest Valentine desserts around. It takes five minutes max to make. I wrote about this little gem in a jar last year. You can get the details here.
If you’re entertaining and celebrating with other couples and friends, as often times I enjoy doing, this Chocolate Velvet Cake is a showstopper, not to mention divine. It has a melt-in-you-mouth crumb that offers a perfect finish to a meal.
Please don’t forget fresh whipped cream drizzled with a bit of chocolate sauce.
So where did all of this business and tradition of heart-shaped boxes, cards, candy and roses come from, anyway?
It all started in ancient Roman times. A Google search will yield all sorts of stories and theories that require an education in and of itself. According to a USA Today article published last year, chocolate has long been considered an aphrodisiac, according to Alexandra Leaf, a culinary educator and founder of Chocolate Tours of New York City, in an interview with USA TODAY Network. Starting in the 17th century, when cacao beans were first brought to Europe from Mexico and Central America, Europeans associated the food with stories about Montezuma and his many wives.
In 1861, Cadbury was the first chocolatier to offer chocolates in a heart-shaped box, according to the James Beard Foundation, a not-for-profit promoting the culinary arts.
Leaf said that The 19th century was a “turning point” for making the sweets more affordable to the middle class with the mechanization of chocolate-making. It’s hard to make it through any store these days without being bombarded with the multitude of heart-shaped chocolate boxes in an array of shades from pinks to reds.
Even with all of those cardboard boxes filled with confectionery sweetness, to me there’s nothing that says “I Love You” more than a homemade treat baked from heart. Even when Hubs had to have surgery on none other than Valentine’s Day a few years ago, I managed to make some special heart-shaped cookies to surprise him with when he managed to recover in his hospital room.
If you want to get downright rich about it, this Tiramisu Cheesecake takes the prize for rich, creamy decadence.
Last but not least, if you want a brownie pan-style dessert that’s quick and easy to put together, these Chocolate Truffle Blondies is a recipe I came up with that has won the hearts of many whom I’ve shared it with.
I hope these ideas for the Best Valentine Desserts has gotten you thinking about what you might whip up for your special someone. Or maybe just for yourself. I certainly hope it’s one of these. And if so, I’d love to hear about how you like it and the raves you receive!
How are you spending your Valentine’s Day this weekend? Is there a special dinner you prepare or rituals you celebrate? Please share with us the special touches you add in celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.
Hubs and I will be spending a quiet evening at home as he recovers from yet again another surgery to remove more cancer. He is healing nicely. To celebrate this hurdle, I’ll be whipping up one of these special treats for him. It always brings a smile to his face.
Have a beautiful Valentine’s Day everyone! Thanks so much for stopping in and checking out these delightful goodies.