Photography by Darren Bester
Say ‘I love you’ with this decadent chocolate dessert made for two !
Featured on The Pretty Blog for Valentines Day back in 2016, this chocolate pot of yumminess seems to have made a lasting impression.
Go on, give it a go … after all, ‘sharing is caring’
Yield: 2 large chocolate pots or 1 x 30cm quiche pan
2 Packets of Oreo Biscuits – blitzed in a food processor to form a crumb like consistency
5 tbsp Salted Butter, melted
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
500g Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Double Thick Cream
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
x 1 350g jar of Nutella
2 tbsp Cocoa
1 Cup Fresh Raspberries
For the Topping: 3 Ferrero Rocher Chocolates crushed & extra fresh Raspberries
Combine the Oreo crumbs with the melted butter and pour into bottom of your jar, pressing up the sides, I like to be quite generous with the biscuit base vs. filling ratio. Press with the back of a spoon to smooth down the mixture before refrigerating while you prepare the filling. In a mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and Nutella until smooth. Add the cream and beat until just combined. Add the raspberries and stir by hand before gently pouring the mixture onto the Oreo base. Refrigerate for approximately 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, top with the crushed Ferrero Rocher and fresh raspberries. Serve with 2 spoons.
Nothing says I Love You like bacon, crumpets and maple syrup … With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, there’s no excuse not to whip this little treat up for the people you love.
Yield: Approximately 15 Crumpets
For the Crumpets
2 Cups self-raising flour
1 tbsp sunflower oil
45ml (9 tsp) castor sugar
5ml baking powder
250ml full cream milk
1 packet rindless smoked back bacon (or your favourite cut of bacon)
Mix together the milk, sugar, eggs and oil. Add the dry sifted ingredients and stir until well combined. Cover mixture with some cling film and allow to stand for at least an hour. So its best to make the mixture the night before which also means less work and less dishes for Sunday!
On Sunday morning – Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Place your bacon on a baking tray lined with foil and cook in the preheated oven until crispy. Heat a pan over medium heat, add some butter and once the butter is hot, start frying ladlefuls of the crumpet mixture until bubbles start to appear, then gently flip over to cook the other side. Place on a cooling rack while you continue to make the rest. At this point you could use a heart shaped cookie cutter to shape the crumpets into hearts but its not a must.
Plate up with a few crumpets on each place, a few streaks of bacon, some sliced strawberries and a generous drizzle of maple syrup ! Happy Valentines Day xxx