Sweets for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day give something straight from your heart: a special homemade dessert.

Stir It Up! has 14 delicious, decadent, romantic dessert recipes, sure to bring a smile to your Valentine's face. Cook your date's favorite dinner and top it off with a surprise ending, or skip the main course and head for dessert. Whether your love is a chocolate-lover, a peanut butter nut, or melts for caramel, this list has something to please every sweet tooth. 

So spend this Valentine's Day in the kitchen baking something special. After all, nothing says "I love you" quite like chocolate, strawberries, or crème brûlée.

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Strawberry shortcake

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    Strawberries, soaked in balsamic vinegar and honey, pair perfectly with chocolate-infused shortbread and either yogurt or whipped cream.
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By France Morissette and Joshua Sprague, Beyond The Peel 

1 batch yogurt biscuits (recipe below)
1 batch of Honey Balsamic Strawberries (recipe below)
Greek Style Yogurt or whipping cream

Slice the biscuits in half, down the middle. Put the biscuit on a serving plate, scoop some strawberries on to the biscuit and top with yogurt or whipped cream. Add the top of the biscuit and garnish with mint, cream, or strawberries.

Basic Yogurt Biscuits

2 cups sprouted spelt flour (plus a 1/4 cup if required)

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 oil of choice

1 cup full fat yogurt   

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon and transfer to a well-floured surface and gently knead to form a ball of dough. Be careful not to over mix. Less is more here. Roll the dough out until 1 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter or a juice glass, cut the dough into circles. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden on top.

White Chocolate Yogurt Biscuits 

2 cups sprouted spelt flour (plus a 1/4 cup if required)

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons palm sugar or alternate unrefined sugar (reduce to 2 tablespoons if using regular sugar)

1/4 oil of choice

1 cup yogurt

1/3 cup chopped white chocolate, coconut or chopped hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon and transfer to a well-floured surface.  Add the chocolate and gently knead to incorporate it into the dough and form a ball. Be careful not to over mix. Less is more here. Roll the dough out until 1 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter or a juice glass, cut the dough into circles. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden on top.

Recipe Note: I have tried this recipe with dark chocolate and it really isn’t nearly as good. No need for you to repeat my mistakes.

Honey Balsamic Strawberries

4 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

Place the strawberries in a large bowl. Combine the vinegar and the honey stir until honey has dissolved. Add the honey mixture to the berries and set aside for 30 minutes.

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