Valentine’s day is now extended to almost a week-long celebration process and the whole week comprises of giving gifts to each other. You could send gifts to India to your loved ones and this proficient gifting portal helps you with sending Indian gifts. Another different way to add joy to all your celebrations is by preparing some yummy and quick desserts which can fill your partner’s heart with joy. Let us check out some easy dessert recipes for the V-week.
Valentine’s Day is when cupid strikes and there is joy in everyone’s heart. All the couples find it as the best time to express their love, rekindle old flames and celebrate love in its most naive forms. Food is one of the main ingredients for making this occasion a very memorable one for the couple. It is exactly for this reason that restaurants and other eateries provide exciting deals and offers on Valentine’s Day. One of the most interesting Indian gifts that can be sent or made at home on this occasion is desserts. Here we will discuss a few of the dessert recipes that are extremely popular.
1. Creamy Peanut Butter Truffles
In a small saucepan, bring whipping cream just to boiling. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter, stirring until combined. Add chocolate pieces, stirring until melted and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart baking dish. Cover and chill for about 1 hour or until firm. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Use a spoon to shape the truffle mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. In a heavy small saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat, constantly stirring until smooth. Using a fork, quickly dip truffles, one at a time, into the coating. Draw the fork across the rim of the saucepan to remove excess coating. Return the truffles to the baking sheet. Let stand for 30 minutes or until the coating is set. Store truffles tightly covered in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.
2. Chocolate Fondue
In the top of a double boiler, placed over gently simmering water, combine the chocolate pieces and 1/4th cup of milk. Heat, stirring constantly, over low heat until the chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in peanut butter. Cook and stir until heated through. Stir in additional milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. Pour mixture into a fondue pot, and place over a fondue burner set on low. With fondue forks or long skewers, dip fruit dippers, cake cubes, and marshmallows into the chocolate mixture.
3. Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
Use 2 tbsps of butter to grease 8 - 10 ounces of custard cups and set aside for baking in a baking pan. In a saucepan, combine chocolate and 3/4th cup butter. Cook and stir over low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, granulated sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon colored. Fold one-third of the chocolate mixture into the mixture. Fold the remaining chocolate mixture and flour into the mixture. Put batter in custard cups dividing evenly. Bake in a 425-degree F oven for about 12 minutes or until cake edges feel firm. Cool in ramekins on a wire rack for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the cake from the sides of the ramekins. Invert onto dessert plates. Sift with powdered sugar.
4. Sugar Cookies
Beat shortening in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in vanilla, and peppermint extract until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Tint and shape dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375-degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks and cool. Makes 30 cookies.
5. Double Thumbprint Cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl beat butter for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until the mixture is combined. Beat in milk and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. For each cookie on an ungreased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet place 2 dough balls side by side with one side touching. Press thumbs into each ball to form an indentation in each. Press in the center of each with your thumb and taper the bottom of the cookie with your fingers to form a heart shape. Repeat with remaining dough balls, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges is lightly browned. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack. While warm, fill each indentation with jam or preserves. Cool completely and serve.
Add joy to your Valentine’s day celebration by baking and preparing these easy and delicious dessert recipes. If you are unable to do so, you could always choose cakes and chocolates amongst other gifts and send online gifts to India to your dear ones on this special day.