The Valentines Day Special: Make It Yourself

11 Feb

So you’ve picked out a restaurant, maybe bought a card; but you want to add a little originality to the day. Why not make something sweet and delicious for your valentine? Not a pastry chef? Don’t sweat it. Here are two recipes that have been voted easy-prep romantic favorites. Try one (or both) to put the icing on the cake, with a cherry on top, this Valentines day. Bon appetit!

Sweetheart Palmiers

Ingredients:


Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 30

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2 Combine the sugar and salt together.
3 Pour 1 cup of the sugar on a flat surface.
4 Use one sheet of the puff pastry and pour 1 cup of the sugar over the top and spread out evenly with your hands.
5 Use a rolling pin to press the sugar into the dough, until it’s 13 by 15 rectangle.
6 Turn the dough over and press the sugar on the other side as well, you want the dough to be completely covered with the sugar on both sides. There will be extra sugar left on the board.
7 Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle. Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough, then fold 1 half over the other half as though closing a book, you will have 6 layers.
8 Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and dip both cut sides in the sugar to ensure a good coating.
9 Place the slices, cut side up, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
10 If you choose, sprinkle generously the colored sugar on each piece.
11 Continue with the second sheet of pastry as above.
12 Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes until brown on the bottom.
13 Transfer immediately to a baking rack to cool completely, before they stick.
14 Store in an airtight container. You can freeze them at this point as well.

 

The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries (or more if you like)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping
  • 1 (14 ounce) angel food cake, cut into cubes (I buy the cake already made)
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    Directions:

    1 Wash, stem, and cut strawberries in half.
    2 Add sugar; toss to mix well.
    3 Chill.
    4 Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar well.
    5 Fold in whipped topping and cake cubes.
    6 Spread cake into an ungreased 13×9 dish.
    7 Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
    8 Cut cake into squares; top with strawberries.

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