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Valentine’s Day 2021: The way to a person’s heart is still through their stomach

It’s that time again on 14 February: Valentine’s Day – the annual feast of love – is just around the corner. And more than ever, it is particularly important in these times to make your loved one’s day. The most important thing of all makes an especially good gift this year: time! Firstly, by taking the time to make your own gift and, secondly, by then spending time with your favourite person. And since it is well known that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, and the grocery stores are fortunately still open, it is time to get out the aprons and the rolling pins and head for the kitchen …

It’s the little gestures that count – simple recipes, big impact

Baking is the number-one Valentine’s gift this year! Are you not exactly an expert at baking cakes, biscuits and the like? Don’t worry! We have put together the simplest recipes for the biggest impact – they are sure to make any heart skip a beat! But firstly a few tips: 

  1. Have a heart: get a heart-shaped cake tin / pastry cutter, which can be used for almost any recipe. 
  2. A few decorative hearts made of icing or marzipan (available from the supermarket) are also essential. 
  3. Spread your surprises throughout the day (from breakfast to dinner) and decorate the home a little – you are bound to capture any heart by doing so. 
  4. Take time for your loved ones and think about what you can do at home (film night, evening stroll, games night).
  5. And last of all: use services like Persil Service to give you more time – then after such an unforgettable day you don’t have to worry about doing the laundry (aprons, tablecloths, napkins, etc.). Find out more at persil-service.de or in the Persil Service app.

Ideas for the morning

Toasted hearts

You will need: Toast, quark, red jam (e.g. strawberry)

Here’s how to do it: Place the toast in the toaster (it smells lovely), then generously spread the quark on it, drop a dollop of jam on top and arrange it into a heart shape. This tasty declaration of love is so easy.

Heart-shaped pancakes 

You will need: 200 g flour, 3 tsps baking powder, salt, 4 eggs, 100 ml milk, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsps vanilla sugar, 4 tbsps oil

Here’s how to do it: Mix the flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, 2 eggs, 2 egg yolks and 100 ml milk into a smooth batter. Beat the remaining egg whites with the lemon juice using a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir in the sugar and then fold everything into the batter. Take a non-stick pan and brush it with 1 tbsp oil, heat it and always add 3 small batter portions until the entire batter mix has been cooked. Place all the pancakes on top of one another and cut them into a heart shape. Drizzle with syrup (e.g. coffee or maple) according to taste. Delicious!

Ideas for the afternoon 

heart-shaped brownies

You will need: 220 g chopped chocolate, 200 g sugar, 160 g butter, 100 g flour, 3 eggs, 1.5 tbsps cocoa powder, salt, vanilla pod

Here’s how to do it: Mix the flour with the cocoa and a pinch of salt. Cut the butter into small cubes and melt it with the chocolate over a bain-marie. Add the sugar, fold it in and then leave the mix to cool down to room temperature. Mix the eggs and the vanilla pulp thoroughly into the chocolate mix. Then carefully fold in the flour mix. Grease a springform pan, dust it with flour, add the dough and bake it on the middle shelf of a pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes. Leave the brownies to cool and then cut them out with a heart-shaped pastry cutter. Dust with cocoa powder and/or small sugar hearts, according to taste. Bon appetit!

Meringue hearts 

You will need: 3 egg whites, 150 g caster sugar, ½ lemon, 1 tube of red food colouring, 1 icing bag

Here’s how to do it: Beat the egg whites with a little sugar. Gradually sprinkle in the rest of the sugar until small peaks can be formed in the mix. Squeeze the lemon. Add the juice to the beaten egg whites and fold it in well. Fit a star-shaped nozzle to the icing bag and brush the inside with red food colouring, then fill the bag with the meringue mix. Pipe hearts onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper and place them in a pre-heated oven (100°C) for one hour – and that’s it.

chocolate brownieiStock/bhofack2

Ideas for the evening

Valentine’s aperitif 

You will need: 1 bottle of ice-cold Sekt or sparkling wine, 1 squeezed pink grapefruit, 4 splashes of Aperol

Here’s how to do it: Squeeze the grapefruit and divide the juice between four nice-looking champagne flutes. Then add a splash (or more) of Aperol to each glass and top them up with the Sekt or sparkling wine. Cheers!

Sweet and salty caramel popcorn 

You will need: 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tbsps butter, 100 g popping corn, salt, 200 g sugar, 80 ml water

Here’s how to do it: Heat the vegetable oil and the butter in a pan on a medium heat until the butter melts. Shake the corn into the pan, briefly stir it, replace the lid and leave it to pop on a low heat. In a separate pan, dissolve the sugar in the water and allow the sugar to melt on a low heat. Don’t stir it! Once the sugar turns an amber colour, remove the pan from the hob, add the butter and stir everything well until runny. As soon as the corn has popped, remove the pan from the hob. Then place the fragrant popcorn in a bowl, add a little salt and mix it with the caramel. Now put your feet up and enjoy it.