A family friendly Valentine’s Day . What really matters is the time spent with the people you love. In this period of uncertainty, love is an asset to be protected. No fancy restaurants,no dance party or vacation packages this year. Instead of only two hearts together this time the hearts were ten. The gift? Four exceptional pastry chef to prepare two delicious desserts. It was something special, an opportunity to get together doing something different, really a pleasant time.
Teach your children that it can be nice to cook together, encourage them to give you a hand. Involve them in the preparation of a meal or a cake. Organizing a special evening dedicated to you will strengthen your bond and your kitchen will become a soothing space full of excitement. Remember relaxation is the basis of a healthy emotional life . Precious moments and happy memories to last forever. It was nice to see my nephews my niece and my son in the kitchen cooking for this special occasion, smiling and chatting. There are dishes that return a good mood, and not just because the ingredients you use but because they have a positive effect on our mood and emotions. And so we celebrated the love that makes our lives fantastic.
Two sweet for the soul: the first entirely made with CHOCOLATE,
Something not to miss. It is considered the food of the gods, powerful aphrodisiac, able to intoxicate, soften and enchant with its flavour and aromas.
The myth tells of a brave and beautiful princess, who sacrifice her life to defend the immense treasure that had been entrusted to her: from her blood spilled on the ground, the seeds of the cocoa were born, red and precious as the blood.
The second a berry CHEESECAKE ,
a successful experiment. Beautiful at sight and good to eat.
CAKE chocolate so easy to prepare that even four inexperienced cooks can do it and the result is assured.
200 g of dark chocolate
200 g of butter
200 g of sugar
4 tablespoons of flour
Melt in a double boiler over low heat the chopped chocolate, add the butter cut into small cubes, stirring occasionally. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until frothy and add the egg whites
Gradually add the chocolate cream and finally the flour, stirring to mix everything well.
Pour the mixture into a heart cake tin.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 20 minutes. Remove it from the oven, let cool and cut into squares and serve dusted with icing sugar.
Pay close attention to the cooking.
CHEESECAKE with berry sauce
Ingredients: (server 8)
250 g of digestive biscuits
150 g of butter
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
For the cream:
2 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk
100 g of sugar
600 g of philadelphia cheese
20 g of corn starch
juice of 1/2 lemon
100 ml double cream
1 packet of vanillin
crush to crumbs the biscuits and place in a bowl, add the brown sugar and melted butter and stir. Spread the mixture into a springform cake tin of size 22-24 cm lined with parchment paper and let it cool for about an hour.
Beat the eggs with the sugar. Add cheese and corn starch, a pinch of salt, lemon juice and cream without mount.
Pour the cream into the bottom of biscuits,
bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 30 minutes, then lower the temperature to 160 C and bake for another 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let it cool inside the oven.
If during cooking it appears to darken too much cover with an aluminium foil.
For the berry sauce:
350 g of berries (frozen or fresh)
juice of 2 oranges or the zest of one
80 g of sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
a pinch of cinnamon
Pour the orange juice into a bowl, add the zest, cinnamon and cornstarch, stir well mixing all the ingredients.
In a saucepan put the berries with sugar (if frozen, rinse with water before use). Let them cook over medium heat and then add the mix of orange juice.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes, being careful not to turn the fruit into a cream. Turn off and let cool.