When I learned how to make Valentine day dessert recipes, I realized that they should compliment what is being served with it. When some people come for dinner they are looking forward to the dessert (I am one; I love desserts). As soon as your guests arrive, some will actually ask “What is for dessert?” If you are serving a heavy and filling meal, then the dessert should be light and easy to digest. If you know most of your guests love desserts, you might choose to serve a lighter lower calorie dinner and have a special luscious dessert as a finale.
Watch Me Make the Rich Chocolate Cheesecake
As I was learning how to make Valentine Day dessert recipes, I found there to be a wide range of choices; pies, cakes, cookies or luscious refrigerator desserts. As a follow up to a heavy meal you might want to choose one of the many gelatin desserts. They are good the year round and can be made very light as by only adding fruit to the gelatin or made a little heavier with whipped cream or cheese. To follow a light meal, a delicious creamy cheesecake topped with sauce and whipped cream is always a favorite.
One thing to remember when you learn how to make Valentine Day dessert recipes, is that cold desserts must be served cold and hot desserts must be served hot. If you choose to serve something like hot cherry pie with ice cream, the ice cream must be added immediately before serving. No one wants melted ice cream running over their pie! Another thing to consider is if the main course has strained your budget, you can serve a fabulous looking and tasting dessert that is more economical. (There are lots of them!) If your dinner is going to be time consuming to prepare, plan a dessert that is simpler; or better yet one that can be prepared in advance.
Most dessert lovers love crème brulee! This rich custard with a contrasting layer of burnt caramel topping is creamy and delicious and perfect as a Valentine Day dessert recipe. The name was originally burnt cream coming from the method of caramelizing the sugar under direct heat. It is traditionally served in individual ramekins and the traditional flavors were lemon or orange with cinnamon. Today it is made in many different flavors such as the black and white recipe below.
This Valentine Day dessert recipe can be prepared the day before and the topping broiled at the last minute before serving.
Cook ½ cup of whipping cream and chocolate in heavy saucepan over low heat.
Stir constantly until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth; pour into large bowl.
Combine together remaining 2 cups whipping cream, yolks, sugar and vanilla.
Whisk until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth.
Whisk 1 cup of egg mixture into chocolate mixture until smooth.
Cover and chill remaining egg mixture.
Pour chocolate mixture evenly into 6 (8 ounces) custard cups.
Place cups in a 9 X 13 inch pan; add hot water ½ inch deep in pan.
Bake at 325F degrees for 30 minutes or until almost set (center will be soft).
Slowly pour remaining egg mixture (from refrigerator) evenly over custards.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set; cool custard in water on wire rack.
Remove cups from pan, cover and chill at least 8 hours.
Sprinkle custard cups each with 1 tablespoon brown sugar; place cups in pan.
Broil 5 ½ inches from heat source until sugar melts about 2 minutes; door partially open.
Let stand 5 minutes to allow sugar to harden before serving.
Chocolate dipped strawberries are wonderful light for Valentine Day dessert recipes. This recipe is for triple dipped strawberries making them extra special and delicious. A real show piece or centerpiece for Valentine day buffet table; serve them on a pretty pedestal dish.
In three separate pans or bowls over water melt white chocolate in one with 1 teaspoon oil.
Melt milk chocolate in one with 2 teaspoons oil.
Melt semi sweet chocolate in one with 1 teaspoon oil; stir each until well blended.
Dip berries in white chocolate to coat ¾ up the berry; allow chocolate to harden.
Then dip berries in milk chocolate about ½ the way up leaving a strip of white chocolate showing.
After milk chocolate has hardened, dip tips of berries in semisweet chocolate.
Store on wax paper lined tray in refrigerator.
A LIGHT AND CREAMY STRAWBERRY Jello dessert makes a great Valentine Day dessert recipe and so easy to make.
Drain strawberries and reserve the juice.
Measure juice and add enough water to make 2 cups; heat to a boil.
Put Jello in bowl , add hot juice and stir until Jello is dissolved; stir in 2 cups cold water.
Chill gelatin until the consistency of egg whites (not too firm); may take few hours.
Mix in sour cream; gently fold in berries.
Spray ring mold lightly with no stick vegetable oil; pour mixture into mold.
Chill overnight; unmold onto plate and garnish with berries and some greenery.
Everyone would appreciate this rich chocolate cheesecake for the Valentine Day dessert recipe; chocolate “says” Valentine.
Prepare crust and set aside.
Melt milk chocolate bar in top of double boiler over warm water.
Beat cream cheese in large bowl until light and fluffy.
Combine cocoa, sugar and salt in small bowl.
Add cocoa mixture to cream cheese; beat in eggs and vanilla.
Add melted chocolate to cheese mixture; beat only until blended: do not overbeat.
Pour into prepared crust; bake in preheated oven at 325F degrees for 40 minutes.
Turn oven OFF BUT DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR.
Cool cheesecake in oven for 30 minutes; remove from oven and chill for 8 hours.
Top with sour cream topping before serving; garnish with strawberry fans.
Combine and mix together in a small bowl; press into bottom of 10 inch spring form pan.
Sour Cream Topping:
Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly.
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