Last week I shared some simple recipes for sweets for your littlest Valentines: Fluffy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Hearts, M&M Pretzels, and Puppy Chow. And today I’m going to share four of my favorite desserts to devour with your honey after the kiddos go to bed.
1. Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding: These individual desserts can be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving. Finish with a big dollop of sweet whipped topping to balance the bitter dark chocolate.
2. Sweet and Salty Cake: This one requires a bit more time to prepare. Salted caramel and ganache are sandwiched between layers of rich chocolate cake for a sophisticated dessert that is well worth the effort.
3. Brownies: I like boxed brownies as much as the next gal, but sometimes a special occasion calls for a special brownie. Two types of dark chocolate and a teaspoon of espresso yield a deep flavor, and five eggs create a chewy bite and just the right amount of crackle on top.
4. Chocolate Hazelnut Lava Cake: Another simple dessert modified to yield just two servings. Chocolate cake flavored with hazelnut liqueur has a sweet and melty surprise inside. Spoon required.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!