Five fantastic bakes to ‘butter up’ the ones you love this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018
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With Valentine’s Day approaching, why not bake something for the ones you love.

Here are five recipes that are guaranteed to go down a treat.

The Classic: Victoria sponge

There’s nothing better than a delicious Victoria sponge cake. Plus, there’s plenty to go around.

Victoria Sponge cake

You will need:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • raspberry jam

For the icing:

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 200g sifted icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 170°C. Whisk butter and sugar, and then combine eggs and vanilla extract. Add flour and baking powder and mix until fully combined. Separate batter into two greased cake tins and bake for 20-22 minutes. Once baked, leave to cool and make icing.

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Whisk butter until pale and fluffy (three to five minutes). Add icing sugar and mix for a further two to three minutes. Add milk to loosen mixture slightly. Fill centre layer with jam and buttercream. Dust icing sugar on top to decorate.

To add a bit of extra love, why not colour the icing red or pink? Or, make some hearts out of coloured fondant icing/sugar paste to decorate your cake.

The Chocolatey: Brownies

Chocolate is a must on Valentine’s Day, so why not make some fudgy, gooey brownies?

Indulge in a thick and gooey chocolate brownie

You will need:

  • 185g unsalted butter
  • 185g dark chocolate
  • 85g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g golden caster sugar
  • Add some chocolate chips or nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 160°C. Melt butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Whisk eggs and sugar in a separate bowl until mixture has doubled in volume (three to five minutes). Once chocolate mixture has cooled, pour into egg mixture. Fold gently. Add flour and cocoa powder and fold gently. Pour into greased tin and bake for 25 minutes. If the brownie wobbles in the middle when you take it out, put it back in for an extra five minutes.

Serve warm with ice cream or leave to cool for later.

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The Chewy: Chocolate chip cookies

Soft on the inside but hard on the outside? Chocolate chip cookies are the ones for you!

Want a cookie? Try this recipe

You will need:

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200g chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180°C. Whisk butter and sugars, and then combine eggs and vanilla extract. Sift in flour, salt and add chocolate chips. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on baking tray. Bake for seven to 10 minutes for perfectly chewy cookies.

The Crunchy: Shortbread

Make your Valentine’s date crumble with these buttery shortbread biscuits. Shape into a hearts/rectangles or decorate with icing.

Simple shortbread

You will need:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 180g plain flour

Preheat oven to 190°C. Beat butter and sugar together. Mix in flour until you get a smooth paste. Gently roll dough to 1cm thick. Cut into desired shape, place on baking tray and leave to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Bake for 15-20 minutes until pale golden-brown. Dust with caster sugar or decorate with icing.

The Fudgy: Caramel fudge

To melt the hearts of the ones you love, this caramel fudge is a must.

You will need:

  • a can of condensed milk
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 90g golden syrup
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 180g white chocolate

Place condensed milk, butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan and melt over a low heat until all the sugar has dissolved (roughly 10 minutes). Bring the mixture to the boil (simmer) and stir constantly until the mixture starts to come away from the sides of the pan (roughly 5 minutes). Take off the heat and stir in the white chocolate. Transfer to lined tin and leave to set. Once cool, place in the fridge. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

If you have a cookie cutter, why not try heart-shaped pieces?

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/valentines-day-cakes-for-partner-14268661


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