The Sexiest Valentines Dessert Ever!

Here's a more challenging Valentines dinner than my Retro Valentines Dinner Menu for the more experienced cook who wants to fully impress his or her other half with incredible culinary skills and genius - and have another excuse to gorge on super yumminess. 

 I'd start the meal with something simple like a fresh loaf of bread with assorted spready things (hummus, pesto, tapenade, cream cheese and chili sauce etc) followed by a steak and a great salad - blue cheese and pineapple go great with steak so throw them into the salad and finish up with a dessert that would even impress Adriano Zumbo!

Marbled Chocolate Valentines Cheesecake Hearts

To make the marbled chocolate hearts you will need:

  • A sheet of OHT plastic*
  • 200g dark or milk cooking chocolate or melts
  • 200g white cooking chocolate or melts
Cut two pieces of acetate about 13cm high and 15cm long per dessert

Melt the dark/milk chocolate. I prefer to put the chocolate into a mug and microwave on a medium-high heat in 30 second bursts stirring well in between; microwave until 80% melted and stir until the rest of the chocolate melts. 

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or use mugs and microwave
 In a separate mug melt the white chocolate

With a teaspoon drizzle the white chocolate randomly on the acetate leaving gaps then do the same with the darker chocolates until the sheet is almost filled and even out the chocolate with a palette knife

Drizzle the chocolates over the plastic sheet

Roll up the acetate to make a teardrop shape, staple shut (two staples should hold it) and leave to set in a cool place

Use a couple staples to hold the plastic together while the chocolate sets
When set, carefully remove the staples and peel off the acetate to reveal your chocolate cup (you may want to make a few spares in case of accident) and trim off the rough edge with a sharp knife

After removing the staples, carefully peel the plastic off the chocolate teardrop

Valentines Dessert Cheesecake Filling

  • 1/4 of a packet of raspberry jelly
  • 50mls of boiling water
  • 100g of chilled evaporated milk (keep it in the fridge)
  • 65g of cream cheese (don't use light cream cheese - it doesn't set as well)
  • 3tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar or castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dissolve the jelly into the boiling water and stir well, set aside to cool

Beat the evaporated milk well with an electric beater until it has doubled in volume

Beat the cream cheese until smooth - if it's too hard leave out of the fridge for half an hour

Dissolve the white sugar in the lemon juice, stirring well

Fold together all the ingredients 

Valentines Dessert Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 2T icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 1tsp vanilla

Beat well with a mixer until thick enough to form peaks

Valentines Dessert Berry Coulis 

  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries
  • 2-4 T of confectioner's sugar (add more or less to taste)

Blitz in a food processor or blender and run through a sieve to remove the pips

Pour into a plastic bag ready to serve

To Assemble the Valentines Chocolate Hearts

Grab a large white plate and snip the corner off the bag of coulis; drizzle over the plate

Sit the two teardrop chocolate cups onto the plate to make a heart shape

Arrange the teardrop shapes to make a chocolate heart
Place the cheesecake filling into a piping bag and pipe into the chocolate cups leaving a gap at the top to fill with berries, cream or chocolate shapes

Fill the Valentines dessert hearts with cheesecake filling using a piping bag
 Place a quinelle (or a blob) of cream on the plate and decorate with berries, fresh mint or chocolate shapes made with leftover melted chocolate

Decorate your Valentines dessert with fresh berries, cream, fresh mint sprigs or, of course, chocolate!

*Overhead Projector Transparency sheets are almost extinct now that overhead projectors are outdated but you can source the sheets at some office supply stores or copy shops otherwise purchase a thin plastic folder such as an L-shaped envelope. Cut the plastic to shape and wash it well with the dishes and hang out to dry well before applying any chocolate.

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