Monday, February 7, 2011

Fun Valentine's Day Recipes

A Valentine's Day themed breakfast or a great recipe for Valentine's Day cupcakes can make this heart filled holiday even sweeter. There are many great recipes and ideas at http://familyfun.go.com/valentines-day/valentines-day-recipes/. They have ideas for everything from beautifully decorated cookies to delicious heart shaped pizza. There are easier recipes and recipes that are more challenging to make. Here is an example of one of the recipes from the site.

Conversation Heart Fudge

 From FamilyFun Magazine
Conversation Heart Fudge

If your child's tongue-tied when it comes to expressing his feelings, let this microwave fudge do the talking. The recipe's simple enough for older kids to make themselves and yields 64 bite-size pieces--plenty for a classroom party.
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • Dash of salt
  • Aluminum foil
  • 64 conversation hearts
  • 64 red foil bonbon cups or mini muffin cups
  • Clear or red cellophane wrap, cut into 64 5- by 6-inch rectangles
  • Sparkly pipe cleaners in red, pink, or silver
  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl, combine the dark chocolate layer ingredients. Microwave the mixture on high at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is melted (about a minute), stirring at each interval. When the mixture's smooth, use a spatula to spread it evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. In another medium-size microwave-safe bowl, combine the white chocolate layer ingredients. Repeat the melting process as described in step 2, but stir at 20-second intervals, as white chocolate tends to scorch easily. Spread the white chocolate evenly over the dark chocolate layer.
  4. While the fudge is still warm, use a knife to gently score it into 1-inch squares, then put a candy heart on top of each square.
  5. Chill the fudge uncovered in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until firm. Lift the foil to remove the fudge from the pan and place the whole hunk of fudge on a cutting board. Use a large knife (a parent's job) to cut apart the squares, then peel off the foil from the bottom.
  6. Place each fudge square into a foil bonbon cup or mini muffin cup. Center the cup on a cellophane square and wrap it as shown on page 53, using 1-inch pieces of pipe cleaner to secure the ends. Makes 64 bite-size pieces. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for added firmness.

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