Looking for romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes? You’ve got 12 days to plan for a delicious treat. Here are some quick and easy drinks and desserts, two that include Greek yogurt, that I’ve collected for you.
This drink is named after Persephone, who in Greek mythology is the daughter of Zeus. To prepare a Persephone, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. This is a non-alcoholic recipe, but you might want to add a bit of the bubbly!
This mojito is made with Greek Metaxa brandy in place of rum. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with brown sugar and lime juice. Add Metaxa, lemon juice and ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with the club soda.
How about a recipe mash-up that’s a drink and a dessert?
The crushed peaches in this popsicle recipe are soaked in Bourbon. I would use plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. Since peaches are out of season, I would substitute frozen peaches whizzed in a blender, even though the recipe suggests canned. These pops will need to set until the mixture is completely frozen, about 5-6 hours.
Thinking of maybe a quick and easy pie for your Valentine?
On Valentine’s Day I made berry ice cream. It’s a simple homemade ice cream recipe with mixed frozen berries. My ice cream maker is a Cuisinart, so to start, I looked up a few recipes on their website. Then I chose the ingredients I liked and combined the recipes into the one that I am sharing in this post.The recipe for ice cream is so easy if you have an ice cream maker. Just mix the ingredients, add them to the machine, step back and watch the magic happen. It’s that simple.
As for the ingredients, heavy cream, milk, vanilla, a pinch of salt and frozen berries is all you need. I prefer to use vanilla bean paste.
Using a hand mixer helps, but it’s not really necessary.
I pulse the frozen berries in my blender before I add them to the mixture.
You don’t need to mix for very long if you use agave nectar, but granulated sugar takes longer to dissolve.
Just cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour, or you can even leave it over night.
I have a quick video on my Instagram profile of the ice cream maker at work. It’s noisy, but worth the “sound pollution” and the wait.
Here’s the very berry ice cream after a few hours in the freezer. You should remove it from the freezer at least 10 minutes prior to serving. One quick caveat: you will love this so much you may not want to buy ice cream from the grocery store again.
I bought some peaches that turned out to be not as sweet as I expected. Isn’t that disappointing? What to do with all that fruit? Here is a wonderful solution. Bake a fruit and nut crumble dessert. It’s easy and now all the fruit you purchased won’t go to waste. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.
You can substitute the peaches and walnuts for plums and almonds if you’d like. Any fruit and nut combination will work.
At a recent #Tweetea meetup an introductory question was asked of discussion participants, “What is your favorite pudding?” I knew instantly that I would confess my guilty pleasure is Crema Caramela.
When I was a little girl, my YiaYia made Crema Caramela for me. It was my all time favorite dessert and still is. I looked in my Greek cookbooks for a recipe and I found this one in Hellenic Cuisine by Sts. Constantine and Helen Ladies Society of Detroit.
Combine eggs, salt and one cup of sugar. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Add vanilla and mix well. Melt or caramelize 1/2 cup of sugar in a heavy skillet and glaze the bottom of a large Pyrex tube pan. Pour custard mixture over caramelized sugar glaze and bake in a water bath at 350 degrees for one hour or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Important: Place tube pan in pan of hot water to bake. Unmold upside down so that caramel glaze frosts custard.