Show off your sweet side!
Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite holidays. Although it gets perceived as tacky and commercial, it is a great opportunity to celebrate love with the special people in your life.
I’ve always found that the best way to show someone you care is to make them something heartfelt. My recipe for fondue and dipping biscuits for two is the perfect way to do this. As well as being a unique Valentine’s gift idea, is it also a tasty twist on the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates that is far more fun and personal.
If you’re trying to impress a new partner or simply trying to change it up in a long-term relationship, this recipe is perfect for any food-lover or chocaholic. With this romantic recipe at the ready, you will have an unforgettable evening, without breaking the bank.
If you’re a baking beginner, don’t worry, this recipe is easy to follow so have fun with it.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
(makes enough fondue for two and 20-25 biscuits, prep time: 1hr 40 minutes, cook time: 10 mins per batch)
90g unsalted butter, soft
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
200g plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
For the fondue:
100g dark chocolate, good quality
100g milk chocolate, good quality
200 ml double cream
Any other fruits or sweets for dipping, for example strawberries, marshmallows and cherries.
You will also need:
– Heart-shaped biscuit cutter or stencil
– Cake pop sticks
– A chocolate fondue pot
- Beat together the butter and sugar until it’s pale and creamy. This could take 3-4 minutes with an electric beater. Add the egg and vanilla paste then beat again until mostly combined.
- In another bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and beat gently until a dough is formed. Try not to overwork the dough as the biscuits could become tough.
- Wrap your dough in cling film and chill for at least an hour.
- Once your dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 180°c/Gas Mark 4 , Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about a ½ cm.
- Cut out as many hearts as you can. To do this, either use a heart-shaped cutter or print out a stencil and then use a knife to cut around the shape. Place the shapes onto a lined baking tray.
- To make these into biscuit pops, perfect for dipping, carefully push a pop stick into the base of each heart and reform the shape by pinching the bottom gently. Cheeky 😉
If you’re adding decorations, push them gently into the top of the biscuits now.
- Bake the biscuits for around ten minutes, turning the tray halfway through if your oven is uneven. When the biscuits are done, they should look slightly more golden and smell delicious.
- Whilst the biscuits are cooling on a rack, break up your chocolate into a heatproof bowl and add the cream. Heat this over a very gently simmering pan of water, stirring constantly until the chocolate has all melted and combined.
- Place your chocolate mix into a fondue pot and serve with your dipping biscuits and any other nibbles you see fit. Tuck in immediately.
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