A Classic Valentine’s Day Idea with a Twist:
Easy Dessert Recipes for DIY Chocolate Truffles & Raspberry Trifle
Because of all the years I’ve spent working in restaurants, the last place on earth where I want to be on Valentine’s Day is a restaurant. Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day is the craziest time of the year at my artisan chocolate shop and bakery, Valerie Confections. So once our busy season hits, there is nothing that my partner Stan and I love more than a great bottle of wine and good food for a romantic DIY Valentine’s Day celebration at home.
We start with Manhattans (my fave holiday cocktail) and nibble on some crostini with cumquat marmalade, gruyere cheese, and salami. For dinner we get a really fantastic bottle of red wine and either order pizza from Mozza2Go, near our Los Angeles home, or if we have time, Stan makes a great cast-iron pizza.
Valentine’s Day Chocolate: For an Easy Dessert or a Romantic Gift
For your romantic Valentine’s Day celebration, your dessert should definitely be something you can eat with your fingers. Nothing is sexier! Plus, the natural aphrodisiac properties of chocolate make DIY chocolate truffles the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. These homemade Rustic Chocolate Truffles are easy to make and beyond delicious.
Rustic Chocolate Truffle Recipe
Makes 50 delicious chocolate truffles, which keep 2 weeks once refrigerated
Ingredients Needed for Chocolate Truffle Recipe
• 2½ cups bittersweet (or 72%) chocolate, chopped
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1¼ cups heavy cream
• 1 cup any kind of unsweetened powdered cocoa
How to Make Chocolate Truffles
• Combine chocolate, butter, and salt in a medium-size bowl.
• Boil cream in a small saucepan until cream bubbles.
• Pour cream over chocolate, butter, and salt.
• Let sit for 1 minute, then stir until the chocolate melts and mixture is thoroughly combined.
• Refrigerate uncovered for 1 hour.
• Place cocoa in a bowl.
• Using a small scoop, melon baller, or teaspoon, scoop small rounds of truffle mixture, roll into balls, and place in cocoa 1 at a time, rolling to coat completely.
• Store in the refrigerator in a covered container.
Valentine’s Day Celebration Dessert for a Group: Easy & Elegant Raspberry Trifle Recipe
If you are hosting a group, I feel it’s really important to have one beautiful showcase dessert. Raspberry trifle is always a hit—it couldn’t be easier to assemble, and it’s meant to be shared. A wonderful dessert for a party!
Valentine’s Day Raspberry Trifle Recipe
Makes 1 raspberry trifle, which keeps 2–3 days once refrigerated
Ingredients Needed for Raspberry Trifle Recipe
• 1 store-bought pound cake
• 4 cups fresh raspberries
• 2 cups heavy cream
• ⅓ cup Chambord, Cassis, or favorite fruit liqueur
• 2 cups berry jam (we use our own Valerie Confections Blushing Berry Jam for best results, but you can use any kind of berry-based jam—raspberry, strawberry, blueberry—anything “berry”)
• Organic rose petals (pansies are also fine, and are edible; if edible flowers are unavailable, garnish with a larger amount of your favorite fresh fruit)
How to Make Raspberry Trifle
• Using a standing or hand-held mixer, whip heavy cream and Chambord to medium peak (approximately 2 minutes or when it appears slightly stiff).
• Cut pound cake into 1” slices.
• Spoon 4 tablespoons of jam into the bottom of a trifle bowl or glass bowl measuring 10”–12” in diameter and 4”–5” in height. It’s key that the bowl is glass.
• Place 1 layer of pound cake on top of jam, and trim cake slices to fit the bowl.
• Spread a 4-tablespoon layer of jam on top of the pound cake.
• Use ⅓ of the Chambord whipped cream and layer over pound cake (for 3 layers).
• Add 1 layer of raspberries, using approximately 1⅓ cups each time.
• Repeat layering until the trifle bowl is filled to the top.
• Finish with a layer of Chambord whipped cream and sprinkle with raspberries and rose petals.
• Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Valerie Gordon, Sweet Chef of Valerie Confections
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