As 14 February approaches many of us will be planning a quiet romantic meal with our other half. For some this will involve going out to a favourite restaurant, for others a special meal cooked at home. I am notoriously forgetful when it comes to Valentine’s Day. The day simply fails to register any importance date wise. It’s not that I’m without romance, I have just never felt the need to celebrate on any particular day. However I have been known to cook something more special than I would normally.
That said, I appreciate that there will be many of you out there for whom this is not the case. Those of you who aren’t as forgetful and like to plan a nice meal. Rather than knocking something up on the day itself, all the while trying to look like you’ve not forgotten.
Desserts to make with lemons
However you choose to celebrate the day, here is a selection of some beautiful desserts to tempt you with. It has always been my belief that a meal that finishes with a good dessert is just a little bit special. So without further ado, here’s to some favourite desserts from our food blogging friends.
I do not have an overly sweet tooth, my love of food lies on the savoury side. However I do love any dessert that contains lemon, it’s easily my favourite flavouring for dessert. In fact I’m rarely able to pass on a dessert if lemon is involved (with rhubarb and apple being very close seconds). Yes I have a bitter palette but assure you that our Lemon Posset has a lovely sweetness to it. I like to serve this dessert with Lemon Butter Biscuits on the side. These wonderfully crisp biscuits the perfect accompaniment to the creamy posset.
Danish apple cake the easy way
With our next dessert Camilla from Fab Food 4 All shares her favourite childhood recipe for Cheat’s Danish Apple Cake. “I would say that one of my favourite desserts (which would be great for Valentine’s Day) is my Cheat’s Danish Apple Cake (Gammeldags Æblekage) which isn’t a cake at all but a layered apple dessert. My Mum has been making this traditional Danish dish since I way a child for special occasions.”
Cheesecake Rhubarb bars
Ok I honestly haven’t canvassed people to give me recipes containing only my top 3 favourite ingredients. That said our next sweet treat comes from Farmersgirl Kitchen, where Janice shares her recipe for Oaty Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars. “I’ve chosen these for Valentine’s dessert because the first tender pink stems of rhubarb are just becoming available. The combination of the crunchy oat flapjack base, rich creamy cheesecake and tart rhubarb is a match made in heaven.”
A quick mille feuille
One of the prettiest desserts on our blog and a particular favourite of my blogging buddy Michelle who has the lightest touch when it comes to dessert. Our Quick Peach & Raspberry Mille Feuille looks impressive, yet this simple dessert is more assembly rather than a lengthy and complex cook. This makes it ideal for a bit of prep-ahead organisation.
Easy chocolate tart with cardamon and rose petals
Next up is this beautiful showstopping Chocolate Tart with Cardamon, Apricot and Rose Petals, which Eb from Easy Peasy Foodie assures us is really easy to make. “I’m all about food that looks and tastes amazing but is actually seriously low effort. This tart can be made ahead so no last minute faffing in the kitchen. And with the addition of rose petals – how much more “Valentine” can you get?”
A light Valentine’s dessert
With a lighter take on dessert we have Corina from Searching for Spice and her recipe for Pomegranate Yogurt Fool. “It’s a really pretty dessert that’s also light and healthy so it’s a great way to finish off a heavy meal, especially as pomegranate seed are an aphrodisiac?” I like Corina’s suggestion that as well as being a dessert, it would also make a rather delicious Valentine’s breakfast!
3-ingredient white chocolate pots
Finally we have Helen from Fuss Free Flavours with her Easy Three Ingredient White Chocolate Pudding Pots with Lemon Curd. “These three ingredient white chocolate pots with lemon curd are quick and easy to make, but are real taste winners; minimal effort and maximum reward! Make them extra impressive by serving in a shot glass. Gluten free also!”
This is our last food round-up for BritMums as Lost in Food are stepping down as food editors. We would like to thank all those who have contributed recipes for these articles over the past year, we very much appreciate everyone who has got involved. We would also like to wish BritMums every success going forward, it has been a pleasure writing for you and we appreciate you giving us this opportunity.
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