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Cooking a Romantic Dinner for Your Valentine

Cook Your Valentine a Romantic Dinner

While chocolates and flowers seem to fly off the shelves this time of the year, one of the most thoughtful gifts is to cook a romantic dinner for your valentine. Staying in and cooking something special is far more impressive and intimate than the standby heart-shaped box of truffles.

What to Cook for Valentine’s Day Dinner
What you cook is entirely up to you, but it’s best to choose a meal that you are comfortable preparing. Save the culinary experiments for another day – you want this meal to be flawless and impressive. Brainstorm some of your partner’s favorite meals and try to figure out a way to incorporate those into your meal plan. Using fancy ingredients that you might not use regularly can also take an ordinary meal to the next level. Try fresh made pasta with truffle oil or a saffron rice pilaf.

Romantic Dessert Ideas for Valentine’s Day

There are so many desserts that lend themselves to Valentine’s Day. Classic chocolate-dipped strawberries are actually quite easy to prepare. As long as you’re working with good quality chocolate, you can’t go wrong. Melt, dip and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to dry. Try making an assortment of milk, dark and white chocolate strawberries, and if you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can even stick them with skewers and tie them together with ribbon to make a chocolate-strawberry bouquet. Chocolate molten lava cake or strawberry shortcake are also easy to prepare, but are sure to get you brownie points.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake for Two


Ingredients

  • 3 oz dark chocolate; chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter; cold and diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter (for dusting)
  • 1/2 Tbsp flour (for dusting)

Directions
Grease two ramekins with butter and dust with flour. Add about 2 inches of water to a 2 QT saucepan and place over low heat. Combine chocolate and diced butter in a stainless steal bowl that will fit on top of the 2QT saucepan. Bring water to a simmer and place the bowl over the pot to melt butter and chocolate. Stir slowly with silicone spoon and remove from heat when melted.

In another bowl, using a whisk beat the eggs, yolks and sugar until pale in color. Gradually add the flour. Slowly pour the melted chocolate mixture into the batter. Beat until thick and glossy.

Divide the batter equally among the pre-greased ramekins. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes, up to 24 hours. Before cooking bring lava cakes out of the fridge and remove plastic wrap. Preheat oven to 325F, place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until outside edges are cracking but centre is wobbly. Remove from the over, cook slightly, loosen cakes with small knife around the edges. Invert onto dessert plates and serve with fresh berries.

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6 Responses to “Cooking a Romantic Dinner for Your Valentine”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Laurent, Keramikos Kitchen. Keramikos Kitchen said: Valentine's Day is coming up. What are you cooking for your honey? Try a chocolate lava cake – http://ow.ly/3TGXw [...]

  2. TassyTas says:

    Hey thanks for this recipe! I made it on Valentines and it turned out perfectly! The recipe and steps were really easy. I served with berries and some Vanilla Bean Gelato and my Valentine was very impressed. Keep the recipes coming!!

  3. lmunier says:

    That’s great to hear TassyTas :) We’ve got a lot more seasonal recipes planned out for the upcoming spring and summer season.

    If you have any recipes that you’re dying to try, let us know on our Twitter http://twitter.com/keramikos or Facebook http://facebook.com/keramikos and we’ll do our best to find a good one and post about it here.

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  5. Chere Piszczek says:

    I am bored of cooking the same boring things.. . I go to food network to find new recipes, but they never come out very good. . Does anyone have any good recipes? I’m not a very good cook, but I can certainly learn to make new things. . . Does anyone have any recipes that have meat?.

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