Easy Valentine's Day Desserts
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Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Skip the desert at the restaurant on Valentine's Day. Save money by making an easy, delicious, dessert to enjoy at home.The traditional Valentine’s Day date involves going out to dinner. You can cut down on the cost of the meal if you have dessert at home. Here are a few simple recipes for lovely Valentine’s Day desserts.

Simple Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Crimson Pears
Betty Crocker has a recipe for sweet, bright red, pears from five basic ingredients. You will need:

* 1/4 cup of sugar
* 1/4 cup of water
* 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
* 6 fresh pears
* 1 package of frozen raspberries in syrup (thawed) (10 ounce package)

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a 2-quart casserole dish. Stop when the sugar is dissolved. Peel the pears. Don’t remove the stems and do not core the pears. Cut a little slice off the bottom of each pear so they will stand up. Arrange the pears in the casserole dish. Coat them with the sugar mixture. Cover the casserole dish and bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Place one pear on a dish and pour more of the sugar mixture over it. You can each have a second, or third, helping!

Romantic Brownie Sundaes
There are several recipes out there that explain how to make this dessert from scratch. A quicker way would be to use your favorite brownie mix. Follow the directions on the box. Instead of cutting the finished brownies into bars, use a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place one heart shaped brownie on a plate with a scoop of your favorite type of ice cream. Feel free to add whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or slices of fresh banana.

Heart Shaped Pancakes
Martha Stewart has the perfect recipe for the morning after Valentine’s Day. Make some heart shaped pancakes for breakfast! You will need:

* 1 cup of all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons of sugar
* 2 teaspoons of baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon of salt
* 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
* 1 cup milk
* 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted and cooled slightly)
* 1 additional tablespoon of unsalted butter for the griddle.

Preheat the griddle to 375 degrees. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add the egg, milk, and butter. Whisk until combined. The batter should have some small lumps in it. Test the griddle with water to be sure it is ready. Water should bounce off it and spatter. Use a paper towel to brush 1/2 teaspoon of butter onto the griddle.

Martha Stewart suggests using a pastry bag to drop the batter onto the griddle in a heart shape. Those who are artistic may be able to spoon it on. Flip the pancake until it is done and golden brown. Repeat the process for the next pancake.

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