Valentine’s Day Treats: Exclusive Recipes By Chef Ranveer Brar
Valentine's Day is here again! How about making the day extra loving, by whipping up special treats to melt your spouse's heart? Get your child to help and make it a truly wonderful surprise!
By Team ParentCircle
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M Schulz, American cartoonist
If you are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with a whole lot of love and an extra special spread, you're in the right place! To sweeten up your Valentine’s Day celebration, we bring you exclusive dishes by Chef Ranveer Brar, Celebrity chef, TV show host, judge and food stylist. Of course, you may need to toil a bit in the kitchen to make these treats, but why not get your child to help out?
Trust us, when you see the smile on your spouse’s face, it will be all worth it. So, what can you make with a sprinkling of heady cinnamon, large helpings of juicy apples and utterly luscious chocolate? Scroll down, to find out!
1. Apple lasagna
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
Equipment needed: A pan, mixing bowl, spatula, baking dish and oven
- 3–4 soaked lasagna sheets
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
For the apple mixture:
- 4 red apples
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 tsp powdered sugar
- ½ cup rolled oats
For the cheese mixture:
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ cup ricotta cheese
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp nutmeg powder
For the garnish:
- 1 tbsp ricotta cheese (shaped like an egg)
- 1 red apple
- Twigs of mint leaves
- To prepare the apple mixture, start with slicing a de-seeded red apple.
- On a pan add butter, red apple slices, powdered sugar and rolled oats. Toss until the apple slices soften.
- Close the pan with the lid.
- To prepare the cheese mixture, in a bowl add cheddar cheese, brown sugar, ricotta cheese, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and mix well.
- To make layers, grease the baking dish with butter.
- Place the soaked lasagna sheets on the dish and then make a layer of cheese mixture.
- Then place the prepared red apples. Sprinkle brown sugar over this. Make similar layers.
- Bake at 170 degree C for 20 minutes.
- Slice another red apple into wedges.
- Garnish the apple lasagna with the apple wedges, mint leaves and egg-shaped ricotta cheese.
2. Chilli chocolate mousse
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 100ml milk
- 150ml cream
- 10g fresh basil leaves
- ½ tsp chilli flakes
- 6 egg yolks
- 100g of sugar
- 220g milk chocolate, grated
- 90ml extra virgin olive oil
- 250ml heavy whipping cream
- Heat the milk and cream in a non-stick pan and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and add the basil leaves. Let soak for 15 minutes.
- Boil again and pass through a sieve. Add chilli flakes and set aside.
- Place the egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and beat together till creamy yellow.
- Pour the creamed yolks slowly over the basil-infused milk.
- Stir well and heat again till the mixture begins to thicken slightly.
- Do not boil or it will curdle. This is the basic custard.
- Remove the custard from heat and slowly add the grated chocolate and olive oil.
- Mix well and cool.
- Once the mixture is cooled, gently fold in the heavy cream and whip to form soft peaks. Place in the refrigerator for one hour to chill and serve.
3. Apple pie paratha
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
For the filling:
- 4 apples, peeled
- 3 tbsp demerara sugar (a light brown, partially-refined sugar)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- ¼ tsp ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp of honey
- A handful of sultanas or raisins
- ½ a lime
For the paratha:
- 400g whole wheat dough
- 3-4 tbsp olive oil
- Icing sugar, as required
- Fresh mint leaves, as required
- Apple wedges, as required
- For the filling, chop the apples into thin slices and set aside.
- Add the apple slices to a small pan with the demerara sugar, cinnamon powder, ginger, honey and sultanas.
- Finely grate the zest (peel) of half a lime and then, squeeze out a little lime juice over the apples.
- Toss to mix and place the pan on medium-low heat.
- Simmer gently for 5-7 minutes or, till the apples are tender.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- For the paratha, divide the prepared dough into medium-sized portions.
- Roll out the dough into triangles. Stuff each with a little bit of the prepared mixture, gather the edges together and shape into equal-sized balls. Then, roll out into parathas.
- Cook on a non-stick tawa using olive oil.
- Garnish with icing sugar, mint leaves and apple wedges.
- Serve hot.
So, pick one of these special recipes and well, surprise your spouse! What's more, these recipes with their child-pleasing ingredients such as cheese and apples, are a beautiful combination of sinfully delicious and delightfully healthy. Mark this Valentine's Day by spending quality time together and savour these absolutely divine treats. Enjoy the day with your loved ones!
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