Valentines-day-recipes

Valentine’s Day Desserts: Flourless Chocolate Puddings Recipe

TV chef Dominique Rizzo shares the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert: a decadent flourless chocolate pudding recipe that will win the heart – and tastebuds of your honey!

Serves: 10-12

Ingredients
2/3 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 cup butter
680g semi or bitter sweet chocolate, in small pieces
12 eggs
2/3 cup espresso coffee or your favourite liquor, orange juice or softened berries
1 tbsp Gourmet Garden Basil
500g strawberries, washed and sliced
1 tbsp icing sugar
¼ cup orange juice
Double cream

Method
1. For the basil and strawberry salad, combine Gourmet Garden Basil, strawberries, icing sugar and orange juice in a bowl.  Toss together and sit in the fridge until ready for use.

2. Preheat the oven to 160C.

3. Grease and flour 10 ramekins with butter and cocoa, or if using a spring-form tin, line with alfoil and baking paper.

4. Place the water and sugar into a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Take off the heat and add in the butter and the chopped chocolate and stir gently to melt the chocolate.  Add in the eggs one by one whisking as you add each egg until the mixture is thick and glossy. Once the eggs have been whisked in pour the chocolate batter into the tin or ramekins (2/3 full) and place in a water bath and cook for 25-30 minutes until slightly wobbly in the centre.

5. Once cooked, remove the tin or ramekins from the water bath and allow to cool just enough to invert the puddings from the moulds, a few minutes. Serve with double cream and the basil and strawberry salad.

What are you cooking for Valentine’s Day?

February 12, 2014

3 Easy Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Whether you’re enjoying being single and fabulous with friends on Valentine’s Day, or seducing your honey with a love potion, every vixen needs a signature cocktail – or three. Follow these cocktail recipes from The Lazy Hostess Babe Scott and toast the night away.

The Margarita

50 ml tequila
25 ml triple sec
15 ml lime juice
Ice cubes

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail or margarita glass. If you like run the rim of the glass in lime juice and dip in salt before pouring.

Key Lime Pie

25ml vanilla vodka
15ml triple sec
35ml pineapple juice
15ml lime juice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass. For added decoration you can rim the glass with crumbed Digestive biscuits.

French Martini

50ml vodka
15ml Chambord
35ml pineapple juice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a raspberry or pineapple slice and/or a little umbrella.

The Lazy Hostess by Babe Scott is available in all good bookstores, RRP $29.95.

February 5, 2014