What better way is there to end Valentine’s Day than with something sweet? Accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine for the adults, of course. That’s a no-brainer.
I know the day probably is filled with sweets already. If you have school-aged children, they had a party in which they received valentines, many of which have candy attached. At your office, there probably was a box of chocolates on a community table, and you might have eaten one or two. But what better way is there to end this festive day than with a homemade dessert?
This year I’ll be making treats for the kids about a week in advance, as they have to be mailed to colleges that aren’t nearby. However, in years past I’ve created two desserts on Valentine’s Day: one for the kids to have after dinner and one for us to enjoy at the end of our candlelit meal. Although making two desserts may sound onerous, it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes the simplest of desserts can be the tastiest.
To get your creative thoughts started I have two valentine recipes from the archives:
Chocolate Waffle Sundae– This really was a simple recipe. Make waffle batter (2 minutes), cook in waffle maker (3 minutes), top with a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream (1 minute). Six minutes to put a smile on a chocolate lover’s face- I call that a win.
Strawberry Soufflé– Before you see the word soufflé and close the tab, take a breath. Making a soufflé isn’t as daunting as it sounds. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and really doesn’t fail as easily as people may suggest. This is a delightfully light dessert, perfect after a potentially rich dinner menu. Plus, who isn’t impressed at the sight of a soufflé? Make this dessert, and wait for the “Wow!” when you present it.