Around the World in Valentine’s Day Desserts

As we get closer to Valentine’s Day, it’s time to move away from thinking about presents to thinking about what’s really important — food! Forget buying fancy jewelry or elaborate gifts, making your partner a really delicious homemade dessert will show your devotion more than any present could.

To help you out, we’ve collected a list of some of the most amazing desserts from all around the world. Some you’ve probably heard of before, while others may be new to you. This Valentine’s Day, step outside of your comfort zone by really challenging yourself in the kitchen and whip up one of these delicious desserts.

1. Truffles

Chocolate truffles are probably one of the most common gifts that you can give on Valentine’s Day, but did you know they’re incredibly simple to make? All you need is chopped chocolate and heavy cream.

The process of boiling the cream together with the chocolate makes the amazing texture that we’ve come to expect from truffles. Roll them in cocoa powder or dip them in melted chocolate ganache to make a chocolate with a deliciously molten interior.

The best thing about truffles is that they’re so versatile. Add in flavorings like extracts, liqueurs, or spices to customize your truffles, or you can experiment with toppings like nuts or candied fruit.

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2. Crème brûlée

This dessert is a French bistro staple and seems much more complicated than it actually is because of the crunchy, caramelized sugar top. At its heart, it’s simply a dish of custard that’s been given an elaborate topping.

To make the best crème brûlée, you’ll need the freshest cream you can find, and make sure to use a real vanilla bean, rather than vanilla extract. Real vanilla beans lend the dish a nuanced, complex flavor that simply can’t be replicated with fake vanilla extract. Once the custard is done, you’ll need a blow torch to caramelize the sugar topping, which makes a fabulous show at the end of a meal.

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