A Sweeter Valentine’s Day

Romantic Recipes to try in the Cabin

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, so don’t wait until the last minute to make some plans. If you haven’t already booked a cozy cabin, browse our site for a romantic place to stay. Then check our blog for ideas for what to do on a romantic getaway. One great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by creating your own tasty treats in the comfort of your own cabin. We’ve gathered some of the most romantic and delicious recipes that are simple enough for you to try in your fully equipped kitchen in the cabin. Read on for some great ideas!

Cream Puffs | www.allrecipes.com
Servings: 20
Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (3.5 oz) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs

Directions
First, mix together vanilla instant pudding mix, cream, and milk. Cover and refrigerate to set. Next, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, missing well after each. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minute in the preheated oven until golden brown. The centers should be dry. Lastly, when the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture or use a pastry bag to pip the pudding into the shells.

Brownie Tart | www.foodnetwork.com courtesy of Ina Garten
Servings: 8
Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 ¼ cups (20 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (4 oz) chopped walnuts
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions
Grease and flour a 9-inch tart pan with removable sides. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter in a bowl set over simmering water. Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips, remove from the heat, and stir until the chocolate melts. Set aside to cool completely. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cooled chocolate. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the walnuts. Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just combined. Pour into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is puffed (the top may crack). The inside will still be very soft. Cool to room temperature before removing the sides of the tart pan.

Chocolate-covered Strawberries | www.foodnetwork.com courtesy of Aaron McCargo Jr.
Servings: 8
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pretzel rods
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 (4 oz) bars semisweet chocolate, melted (recommended: Valrhona chocolate)
  • 8 long-stemmed strawberries

Directions
Chop the pretzels and nuts and place in 2 separate bowls. Chop chocolate. In a double boiler, melt chocolate until smooth and velvety. Dip strawberries in chocolate and then in pretzels and/or nuts. Place covered strawberries on a ½ sheet tray lined with wax paper. Allow to set at room temperature and serve.

Chocolate Stout Affogato Egg Cream
Servings: 4
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
  • 16 oz plain seltzer
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle stout or chocolate stout, such as Guinness
  • 1 pint chocolate ice cream, slightly softened

Directions
In each of 4 tall glasses, add 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur. Pour in ½ cup seltzer. Divide the beer among the glasses and stir to combine. Add 1 or 2 scoops of ice cream to each glass. Drink Immediately or allow to sit a few minutes to let the ice cream melt in the glass.


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