Love is in the air: Valentine's Day Recipes
14 Feb 2017 | Katja Skafar
Valentine's Day is the the perfect time to surprise your better half with some sweet delights and there is no sweeter way to say that you love someone than with these Valentine's Day treat recipes.
Truffles are the epitome of sweets treats and such a traditional gift for Valentine's Day. Instead of buying a usual heart-shaped box from a store shelf, try our chocolate truffles recipe this year and surprise your Valentine with fresh, handmade chocolates!
280g dark chocolate
284ml double cream
50g unsalted butter (softened)
200g chocolate (for dipping)
Melt the chocolate in a large bowl over simmering water. Do not get chocolate too hot. Remove from heat. Stir in the soothered butter and double cream. At this stage you can divide the mixture and add any flavourings, to taste. Our favourite ones are Grand Marnier, coconut, orange zest, and chilli flakes. Allow to set for 4-6 hours before shaping. When set cut into cubes, or use a melon baller to scoup up into balls. Meanwhile, melt the additional chocolate for dipping and with a fork dip one truffle at a time into the melted chocolate to fully coat. Place on a tray lined with baking parchment and allow to set. Whilst the dipped truffles are still melted you can decorate them with a topping of your choice: chopped pistachios, stem ginger, freeze dried raspberries, etc.
Rum and Raisins Fudge
Everyone loves fudge and this boozy version is just perfect for Valentine’s Day. We call it a rum lovers paradise!
200ml evaporated milk
450g granulated sugar
6 tbsp rum
Soak raisins in rum for 1 hour. Put the milk, water, butter and sugar together into a heavy saucepan on a low heat and stir until dissolved. Boil for approximately 10 mins (115 on the sugar thermometer – soft ball). Bring off the heat and beat with an electric hand whisk for a good 5 mins until the mixture thickens and looks shiny. Stir in the pre-soaked raisins, pour into a shallow tin lined with baking paper and leave to set. Turn out and cut into squares.