Sharing love and enjoyment with those who mean the most to us is just one of the things to remember on Valentine's Day.
I love to share with all of you the joy that comes from creating delicious treats.
Here are just a few.
|Chocolate hazelnut financier|
Once these little cakes are turned out of the mold, there's a wonderful well just waiting to be filled with something delicious.
|Praliné ganache and candied hazelnut garnish|
Here's a pistachio version filled with dark chocolate raspberry ganache and garnished with a tiny swirl of raspberry butter cream and crowned with candied pistachio.
One chocolate and one pistachio went into small purple boxes with red ribbon - so cute!
I ended up making 4 flavors of shortbread (double dark chocolate, tart cherry, praline and matcha) and tucking them into red boxes with purple ribbon.
For a pre-Valentine's family gathering I did a slight variation on the chocolate hazelnut financier by filling them with dark chocolate ganache and topping with a swirl of whipped milk chocolate ganache and candied hazelnut.
For the pièce de résistance I made a raspberry gateau Breton with a thin layer of raspberry jam baked between two layers of Breton dough. Once cooled I topped it with whipped caramel mascarpone cream and garnished with raspberries, a light pink ruffle around the edge and some candied pistachios for some lovely color contrast.
Sweets for the sweet. Happy Valentine's Day to one and all!