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3rdvalentines-day iconValentine’s Day is a great excuse to partake of anything sweet and delicious – not that you need an excuse, but it is always nice to have one. Here are three really simple – and delicious – desserts to sweeten up your day and that of your loved ones.

Chocolate strawberries. A combination of chocolate and strawberries is pure love in every mouthful. Wash and dry as many strawberries as you want. Melt some dark chocolate (the darker the better as far as I am concerned), dip your strawberries until they are half covered in chocolate, then place on a wax paper-lined tray and leave them to set in the refrigerator. For a more visually stimulating treat, melt a bit of white chocolate and use a fork to drizzle it over the chocolate covered sections of the strawberries.

Heart pancakes. There are many ways to show affection but making breakfast for a loved one has to be one of the top five. Make a batch of pancake mixture and set aside. Lightly grease four heart shaped cookie cutters (make sure they are at least three inches in height, otherwise you will have very tiny pancakes!) and put them on a lightly greased and well-heated frying pan. Pour a thin layer of pancake mixture in each cutter and cook the pancakes on both sides. Serve with a side of sliced strawberries and chocolate hazelnut spread.

Meringue love letters. This idea comes from Martha Stewart and is sweet to a T. Whip up a batch of meringue mixture (there are lots of recipes online) and put it into a piping or a Ziploc bag fitted with a large piping tip. Pipe the word ‘LOVE’ and simple, small hearts. Bake the meringues at very low heat for a couple of hours. Drizzle with strawberry puree or serve with ice-cream.

– Marylou Andrew
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 9, 2014.