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3 Desserts Guaranteed To Impress Your Valentine

Struggling to find that perfect Valentine’s gift? You know what they say - the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Never is this more true than on Valentine’s Day, when over 68% of us claim our ideal present is something food related.* So show your partner you care by treating them to a homemade dessert that is guaranteed to make an impression. This year, we’ve got 3 romantic recipes that are so delicious you’ll want to skip dinner and head straight for dessert.

 

Hot Mocha Puddings

These Hot Mocha Puddings are an effortless way to impress your love with mouth-watering, molten chocolate. You don’t even need to turn on your oven to create these indulgent puds, just a few minutes in the microwave is enough to create the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

Ingredients

150ml milk

50g pitted prunes

2 tsp instant coffee

50g soft butter

50g icing sugar

1 large egg

50g ground almonds

2 tbsp cocoa

1 tbsp self-raising flour

4 scoops coffee or vanilla ice cream, to serve (optional)

4 tsp coffee liqueur, to serve (optional)

Method

Measure the milk in a large jug and blend with the prunes and coffee in a food processor until smooth. Add the butter, sugar, egg, almonds, cocoa, flour and a pinch of salt, then blitz again to make a thick batter.

Scrape evenly and cleanly (don’t take the mixture up the sides) into 4 x 175ml ramekins (don’t use any with metal on them!). Cook in the microwave, spaced round the edge of the turntable, on medium for 6 mins. The puddings will still look a bit moist, but that’s fine.

Stand for 5 mins, then serve topped with a scoop of ice cream and a little liqueur, if you like.

 

Low-Fat Strawberry Cheesecakes

Strawberries are the ultimate Valentine’s Day staple, but refrain from dipping them in chocolate this year and create these guilt-free, creamy cheesecakes instead.

Ingredients

85g low-fat biscuit (we used WeightWatchers ginger biscuits)

200g tub extra-light soft cheese

200g tub 0% fat Greek yogurt

4 tbsp caster sugar

A few drops vanilla extract

2 tbsp good-quality strawberry jam

100g strawberry, hulled and sliced

Method

Put the biscuits in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin until you have chunky crumbs. Divide between 4 glasses or small bowls.

Beat the soft cheese, yogurt, sugar and vanilla together until smooth, then spoon over the crumbs and chill until you are ready to serve.

Stir the jam in a bowl until loose and gently stir in the strawberries. Divide the strawberries between the cheesecakes and serve.

 

Romantic Rose Cupcakes

Nothing says ‘romance’ like roses. There’s no need to nip to the supermarket for a bargain bunch this year when you can infuse your cupcakes instead. Topped with tasty white chocolate frosting, these little treats are sure to bring a smile to your Valentine’s face.

Ingredients

150ml pot natural yogurt

3 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

175g golden caster sugar

140g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

100g ground almond

175g unsalted butter, melted

Method

Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. In a jug, mix the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Put the dry ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.

Add the yogurt mix and melted butter, and quickly fold in with a spatula or metal spoon – don’t overwork it. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Allow to cool completely.

White chocolate frosting: Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high for 1½ mins, stirring halfway. Leave to cool. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the chocolate. Spread over the cakes and enjoy!

 

Notes:

Please note all recipes are from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/

 

* http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/valentines-day-gifts-brits-spend-5158677

Posted by Zoflora (01/02/2017)