Hey Foodie Friends! Aimee & Kevin here, bringing you some Sweet Treat ideas for Valentine’s Day to warm the cockles of your hearts!
This past weekend I stopped in at my moms to say Hi and she gave me these adorable heart shaped silicone pans figuring I could do something fun with them for Valentine’s Day. Her little gift came just in time because I was drumming up some ideas for the holiday of love anyway. It being a very commercialized holiday surrounding hearts, flowers, and chocolates, I decided to use the silicone molds last night to make something beautiful and yummy for my husband for a little pre-Valentine’s Day dessert. It helps that it gives me a little something to share with you guys as well!
I have never baked with a silicone pan before so I read the directions (which I hate to do) and preheated by oven to 350. The rest was just as easy. I made a box of brownie mix according to the box except where it calls for 1/4 C of water, I used cold, black coffee. This is a little trick my mom taught me to deepen the flavor of the brownies. Works like a dream, so rich! I placed the pans on a baking sheet (in case of spillage), and sprayed the molds with non-stock spray then filled them to the top with the batter. I popped them in the oven and following the directions, started the timer for 20 minutes. When the timer went off, I poked the brownie with a tooth pick but it was still very gooey. I did another 5 minutes and checked – still gooey. 5 more minutes and they were finally done. I realized after the fact what the issue was. The heart shaped mold isn’t solid, there is a small cut out in the middle, so the batter was more shallow there than around the edges and it was the edges that weren’t done. Makes sense!
While the brownie bowls cooled off, I took out the vanilla ice cream to let it sit on the counter and melt a little bit so it’s easier to scoop and form into the small opening inside the bowl. I also took out a few strawberries and rinsed them, thinking I would do something pretty with them to garnish the top of the vanilla ice cream. I cut little hearts out of the strawberries. I then pressed one scoop of vanilla ice cream into the brownie bowl and placed a heart-shaped strawberry on top.
I gave a plate to Kevin and he took a bite. He was a lost for words, but plenty of throaty groans found their way to his lips as he chewed and savored each bite. He was in love with this dessert. Perhaps it was because he was eating a warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, 2 of his favorite things!
Some say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well that might just be true. I won’t lie, this was a messy proposition for someone who doesn’t like getting her hands dirty, but my husband is worth it.
I only just found out that my mom ordered these from Avon, otherwise I’d say, hurry! Go out and get them so you can make these for your loved ones! However, as much as I love Avon, there is just not enough time to order from them before the holiday. However, you can go to your local Michael’s crafts and get a heart shaped pan and just use a knife (or spoon) and carefully carve out the center and that should work just the same. Yum, yum! It really came out beautiful too.
Something else you may want to try is making your own truffles! It’s actually a lot easier than you might think.
You will need:
8 oz bar of Cream Cheese and 2 and a half packages of baking chocolate squares.
Leave your cream cheese out for a bit til it’s room temperature.
Melt your chocolate in a double boiler (or if you’re me, you can stick it in the microwave at 30 second intervals, keeping a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn).
Mix the two together really well and then refrigerate for about 25 minutes.
Using a melon baller (or a tablespoon and your hands) make them into little neat balls and place on a serving dish.
You can of course roll them in cocoa powder, nuts, coconut, sprinkles, or anything really that your heart desires to make them even more tasty or pretty for your Valentine.
And voila! How easy is that?! And they are so rich, creamy and delicious.
Well that’s it for now folks. We are wishing you all a very sweet and chocolatey Valentine’s Day and I hope this helps inspire you to do something a little different for your significant other – not just your typical mushy card, box of chocolates or flowers!
Lots of LOVE
-Aimee & Kevin
Foodies 101 husband and wife columnists Aimee & Kevin Ellis came to our attention when they guest blogged for HVRW Fall 2012 for the first time. By day they both work in customer service & sales but in their downtime they love to travel, try new restaurants and experiment with recipes in their own kitchen. They strive to support small and local businesses and really enjoy blogging about their experiences. With Kevin being an adventurous eater and Aimee being picky, they form an honest, unique and curious voice that will easily allow you to go along with them for the ride. They blog at Eats and Treats. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.