The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so if you have to score brownie points on Valentine’s Day, get cooking with these ideas for a romantic menu. Set the table with fresh flowers, red candles, some soft music and tuck in!
How about some love cookies?
Although brightly packed chocolates may grab attention, perhaps nothing says I Love You better than a batch of warm cookies in the shape of a heart or with special lettering on them. Try doing red sugar glaze on plain oatmeal cookies, shortbread hearts or try a cookie pop biscuit and wrap it up. Here’s an easy recipe:
Quick recipe: Mix 260 g butter with three eggs and some vanilla essence in a bowl. Add about 250 g caster sugar, 400g of flour, combining slowly. Add salt. Now add in 1 tsp baking powder and another 100g flour, adding it slowly till the cookie dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Then preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C. Remove, knead it well and roll it to 2.5mm thickness. Cut into heart shapes and place on the baking tray. Bake for about 10 minutes, till the cookies turn golden. At the side make your red glaze or icing sugar topping. When the cookies are done, let them cool down. With a spoon, spread the icing sugar on the cookie evenly. Or, with an icing cone, write out your Valentine’s name on the surface. Add sprinkles on top and let them harden. Serve warm.
THEMED FOODS FOR A ROMANTIC BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH
Okay, so we’ve heard of heart-shaped cookies, tarts and chocolate. But what about doing a little out-of-the-box thinking for that special someone? Try something different using a cookie cutter to transform your meal into a Valentine-themed creation. Make a heart-shaped pizza, for your twosome lunch. Simply bake the dough into the desired shape, layer on the toppings and voila, it’s done!
Heart-shaped egg on toast: Convert your regular breakfast into a lovey-dovey one by cutting a heart shape on a slice of bread. Toast it till it’s crisp, now place it in a pan and cook your egg in the middle of it.
Heart-shaped pancake or pizza: Make heart-shaped pancakes by placing a cookie cutter in the heart shaped mould in the frying pan/ skillet before pouring in your batter so the pancake gets cooked in that shape. Do the same for pizza dough
RED VELVET IS A POPULAR CHOICE
Called the ‘Lady Gaga’ of layer cakes, red velvet has taken over traditional Christmas cakes and is also the popular choice when it comes to Valentine’s fare. The bright red icing, juxtaposed with a snow-white cream cheese frosting, makes it an ideal dessert for the occasion.
Our tip: Use a French-style butter roux icing which is very light to make hearts or use lettering on top. You can try this with cream cheese frosting.