Do you love Valentines Day and put lots of energy into planning the perfect meal, event or gift? Or do you hate Valentines Day, struggle under the pressure of making it just right or find it just too cheesy? Valentines Day is this Sunday, which if you enjoy planning and cooking you’ve got Saturday to get it all sorted. However if you like to keep things simple, but still want to curl up in front of the fire with your someone special and a fab sharing treat, here’s a few easy ideas.
Honey And Pistachio Baked Camembert
1 Camembert about 250g. 50g Greek or other runny honey. 50g Chopped pistachios. 40g chopped flaked almonds.
You don’t need a fancy camembert baker to have baked camembert; a perfect sharing dish for Valentines Day. Buy a camembert in a wooden box. Remove the lid and the greaseproof/plastic wrapper and put the bare camembert back into the box. Make a few holes in the cheese and with your thumb over the bottle shake some white wine onto the cheese, just a little. Place in a preheated 200c, 180c fan, Gas mark 6, 400f, for 15 – 20 minutes until soft and slightly wobbly on the top. This will vary depending on how ripe the camembert is. Remove from the oven, place on a serving plate and pour over the honey and scatter with pistachios and flaked almonds. Snuggle up and dip crusty bread into the oozing cheese and sweet honey.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
360g Fresh strawberries. 100g each of milk and white chocolate. chocolate chips, sprinkles to top the strawberries if you want to make them festive.
Cut the stalks off the strawberries leaving a flat base for them to stand on. Chop each of the bars of chocolate and place in separate bowls. Place individually in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate has melted. Stir between blasts to ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn. Dip the strawberry pointed ends into the chocolate and place flat end on a plate to set. If topping with sprinkles, chips etc scatter over the chocolate before it’s set. These are great for sharing for Valentines day.
Chocolate Swirled Discs
100g Milk chocolate, chopped. 100g White chocolate, chopped. Cocktail stick
If you fancy making a gift for Valentines Day these chocolate discs are super easy and very impressive. Put the milk chocolate and the white chocolate in separate bowls. Place each individually in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate has melted. Stir between blasts to stop it burning, especially the white chocolate. lay a piece of parchment paper on the work top and spoon small discs of milk chocolate onto the paper with a teaspoon. Blob a bit of white chocolate into the centre and then using a cocktail stick swirl the white chocolate into the milk chocolate. Just like stirring tea, but slowly. Then spoon white chocolate circles and swirl with the milk chocolate. Top with sprinkles or nuts if you want to be extra posh. Leave to set.
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