'Berry' easy desserts for Valentine’s Day

In The Kitchen

By Lucy Herrman
Posted 2/7/20

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love — in all its forms. Children give candy hearts and paper valentines to their friends at school. We treat each other with flowers, fancy dinners and missives of love. But nothing says “I love you” like a decadent, delectable dessert.

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'Berry' easy desserts for Valentine’s Day

In The Kitchen

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love — in all its forms. Children give candy hearts and paper valentines to their friends at school. We treat each other with flowers, fancy dinners and missives of love. But nothing says “I love you” like a decadent, delectable dessert.

Sure, you can go to the local bakery or chocolatier — of which there are several great ones here in Taos — and buy your sweetheart a professional store-bought pastry. But sometimes it is fun to go all out and make everything yourself. This Valentine’s Day, whether you are with your special someone, your whole family or good friends, consider trying your hand at a few memorable confections that are sure to delight and impress.

The key to delicious desserts is high-quality ingredients, and I have started to see really good-looking strawberries in the market. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would include this beautiful heart-shaped berry in all three of my recipes. I have also chosen sweets that are easy to make but will look as if you have been working for days. And the flavors of these three desserts exquisitely complement each other — so do not hesitate to go a little overboard and make all of them, especially if you are having guests. They make a perfect Valentine’s dessert buffet.

Begin with the gorgeous Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. While expensive to buy, they are quite affordable to make. And making them is a snap. Just a tiny bit of effort gives you an elegant and tasty bonbon. You simply melt good chocolate chips and dip. If you wish them to be a little fancier, add drizzles of melted white chocolate chips. Be sure to make a few extras for practice and taste testing.

A second indulgence is a home-baked You Know I Love You fruit pie. I have updated classic apple pie with the addition of strawberries and lemon zest. Flaky crust (use your favorite recipe, or roll out some store-bought pie dough) is adorned with adorable heart-shaped cutouts. Brush the top with egg and a sprinkling of turbinado sugar before baking to ensure a crispy golden finish and artistic look. The filling will take on a gorgeous deep pink color. No further enhancement needed — just slice and serve. Voilà!

And finally, for true chocolate-lovers, a rich but relatively easy Chocolate Truffle Cake. Cook it at least a day in advance so it has time to cool, set and meld its flavors. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. I like to use a paper doily as a stencil to create a pretty design on the top. And be sure to decorate with those heart-shaped strawberries. Serve as is, or add a scoop of rich creamy strawberry ice cream.

Sweets for the sweet — sure to please your Valentine.

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