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Valentine's Day romantic recipes

Use some of the best chocolate recipes, dinner ideas and tips to add some delicious romance to this special day.

Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to show your sweetheart how much you care. From tart, key-lime pie to chocolate cakes, you’ve got it figured it out. One of these desserts will surely impress your lover.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These popular cupcakes are a great Valentine's Day gift. Even though you can easily buy a box of chocolates, why not spend a bit more time making your valentine a special dessert that can be enjoyed together. It takes less than an hour and it’s not as difficult as you would imagine. You can find a recipe online and then the rest is up to you.

Goat Cheese Puddings

It only takes 20 minutes to prepare this delicious dessert and it’s extremely easy to make. All you have to do is combine the milk with the cream, vanilla bean and seeds, 1/4 cup of honey, and lemon zest. Bring to a simmer. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the milk, discarding the vanilla bean. Then, whisk the whole eggs with the yolks, sugar, and cornstarch until smooth. Pour the contents of the bowl into the saucepan. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking constantly until thickened, 1 minute. At the end, transfer the custard to a blender. Add the goat cheese, butter, lemon juice, and salt and blend until smooth. Pour the custard into eight 3/4-cup ramekins and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Top with raspberries and a light drizzle of honey and serve.

Chilli Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

In a heat-proof mixing bowl, add the chocolate, cream, and butter. Place over a smaller pot of simmering water. Be sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir until chocolate is melted and then, stir in the chilli powder and mix until fully incorporated.

Hold each strawberry by the long stem and dip into the chocolate allowing the excess to drizzle back into the pan. Place chocolate covered strawberries on a parchment or waxed paper lined sheet tray. Once chocolate is cool, chill until fully set, about half an hour.

Vanilla Zabaglione with Raspberries

This Italian dessert sauce consists of egg yolks beaten with sugar and the Sicilian fortified dessert wine Marsala. Steeping vanilla seeds in the Marsala adds lovely flavour, while folding in whipped cream increases the lovely taste.