Valentine’s Day Recipes

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“Women happily in love―they burn the food. Women unhappily in love―they forget to turn the oven on,” a chef tells a lovelorn Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. And it’s true. Have you ever cooked a dinner for someone you love only to find that the stress of putting it all together left you feeling as romantic as a Brussels sprout? Make this Valentine’s Day a special one with our unique collection of recipes. Add an extra touch of magic to your holiday with recipes featuring your favorite Disney characters.

Red velvet cake

A beautiful chocolate sponge with buttercream icing – perfect for a romantic evening

Buttery chilli prawns

Spicy seafood is a really versatile dish for sharing – make sure there’s plenty of bread for the juices

Beef & beer pie

A steak and ale pie is a comforting classic – this version has suet pastry and a dark rich gravy

Salted caramel choc pots

Combining sweet and salty flavours really works when chocolate and toffee is involved – best served in individual portions

Cherry shortbread hearts

James Martin’s easy biscuits taste as good as they look and make an ideal Valentine’s Day gift

Passion cake

Bake Sarah Cook’s scrumptious triple-layer cake for someone you love this Valentine’s Day

Romantic rose cupcakes

These decorative cupcakes make the perfect centrepiece for a wedding or christening, or a lovely gift

Tia Maria & chocolate creams

Just a few spoonfuls of this rich and creamy make-ahead dessert are all you need to end the meal with a flourish without overdoing it

Tips

Keep it simple: Remember: The more complex the menu, the more room there is for mistakes. The center of your menu can be something as simple as a special cut of meat, seasoned well with a generous amount of coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, and olive oil. Throw in one or two crowd-pleasing flavors, like rosemary, garlic, and thyme, and the dish will be a sure-fire winner. To make your life really easy, you can roast some vegetables in the same pan.

Cook the meal in stages: It’s less pressure, and you are less likely to feel bogged down. Dessert is easy to prepare the day before. The knowledge that it’s ready to go and that your roast is marinating in the refrigerator will make you feel calm and confident.

Start early: Try to have everything prepared or at least in the oven before the guest of the hour arrives. This will give you a chance to take a shower and primp. When you open the door, you will be completely composed, and the smell of the roast will be hanging pleasantly in the air―and not on you.