14 desserts to make your Valentine swoon
Scrap the roses and avoid all manner of gimmicky cards, we know what the true key to someone’s heart is: home-made dessert, of course!
Be it a heart-shaped fudge cake, an Oreo banoffee pie or a sharing pan brownie, we’ve got a ravishing roster of sickly-sweet desserts designed to make your Valentine swoon. Time to tuck into some ooey-gooey goodness.
Fudgy. Chocolate. Brownie. Just the name of this cake is enough to rouse palpitations. Sure, it’s a little schmaltzy, but what other day is it appropriate to make a heart-shaped brownie cake? Not many!
Take it from us, nothing says I love you quite like mini Oreo banoffee pies. This recipe is completely fail-safe – everyone loves Oreos, right? The perfect pud to devour with a special someone.
Who can be bothered to leave the house to eat, when instead, you can curl up indoors with hot chocolate fondants? These sinful chocolate puds are sure to ignite all the soppy emotions; we know that timekeeping is key, so make life easier by using shop-bought chocolate truffles to create that molten centre.
Let’s be honest, no-one fancies the idea of slaving away in the kitchen for hours in an attempt to impress their significant other. That’s why this sharing pan brownie exists. It’s ready and waiting to be demolished on your table in under 45 minutes. Bon appétit!
Trust us, puddings don’t come much better than this. These individual chocolate fondants come with Chantilly cream and salted caramel, making it the ultimate sweet treat to cosy up with on Valentine’s day (or any day, to be quite honest).
If you and your other half aren’t complete chocolate fiends, how about giving this lingonberry cheesecake a good go? From the crunchy, gingery base to the creamy, orangey topping, it’s a good-looking dessert with a lot of love to give. You can use strawberry jam too, if lingonberries are in short supply!
Score serious brownie points with this wickedly good salted caramel brownie hybrid. Turn up the slushy factor by lighting some candles and cracking open a bottle of your favourite wine – this dessert deserves it!
For something a little more traditional but by all means indulgent, what about a full-size tray of our best-ever sticky toffee pudding? It goes wonderfully with our toasted nut and demerara ice cream (but Häagen-Dazs will definitely do).
For the most romantic day of all, you want a dessert which screams indulgence with the looks to boot. Behold, the beauty of the cinnamon-swirl cheesecake! We can almost taste the hazelnut biscuit base and the creamy hazelnut liqueur…
Perhaps the easiest way to show them you care – bake a giant skillet pan cookie. Simply grab two forks and tuck in! We advise devouring when still warm and gooey from the oven.
If you can only bear a small amount of corny gesture, simply make these molten-middle fondants and let the dessert do the talking. With a luscious puddle of melted white Lindor truffle inside, it’s sure to prompt a succession of heart-eye-emoji looks from your other half.
Sure, shop-bought chocolates are great, but have you ever given the gift of lovingly-made brownies? Take it one step further and top with Maltesers – they’re super easy to make and miles better than anything from a box.
Forget about your drab meal deal desserts and get straight on these warm Nutella puddings. The lucky recipient is sure to gush about its beauty, and that’s before they’ve tasted it. If you’re short of time, serve with store-bought caramel or chocolate sauce. Sorted.
Whatever your evening plans are, we suggest finishing them with a bowl of smooth, velvety chocolate mousse, studded with chunks of honeycomb. It’s essentially a deconstructed Crunchie bar in chocolate mousse form and who wouldn’t fall head-over-heels for that?