Monday, February 13, 2012

K Bakes Valentines

Raspberry Cream Cupcakes

5 Minute Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Doughnuts with Blood Orange Glaze

Red Velvet cupcakes in a jar

Blackberry Rosewater Sorbet

Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Hearts

Strawberry Cloud Cake

Raspberry and White Pancakes with Chocolate Peppermint syrup

Nigella Lawson Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce

Balsamic Truffles with a wink of cherry

Since I am headed to Detroit tomorrow for work I won't be making any fun Valentine baked goods this year. I know–so tragic. Instead I thought I would do something I don't often do and write about my favorite sweetheart recipes that I have saved over the past year. I hope something tickles your fancy. You can also now follow me on Pinterest HERE to get daily inspiration for all your sweet tooth needs.

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On another note, in the spirit of Valentines Day I recently read an interesting article on about the tradition of giving chocolate on this special day each year and I thought you all might enjoy it as well...

Our infatuation with chocolate first began 2,000 years ago when it was discovered in Latin America. The Maya and Aztec elites infused cocoa beans with water to form frothy chocolate drinks – the first frappuccinos, if you will – for special occasions and as sacrifices to the gods. The Aztec ruler Montezuma believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac and routinely drank it before entering his harem, thus increasing chocolate’s popularity and its association with love and romance. As it turns out, he was ahead of his time. Modern-day scientists have linked the chemical phenylethylamine in chocolate to feelings of excitement, attraction and even pleasure.

The rest of Aztec society used cocoa beans as money and were unable to afford to drink it. Thus “gifting” chocolate for consumption was the Aztec version of John Cusak standing outside of your window with a boom-box. Christopher Columbus saw how the Aztecs revered cocoa when he entered the picture in the sixteenth century and immediately took the luxury product back to Queen Isabella of Spain. Chocoholics sprouted up all over Europe, sharing the legend of their new obsession’s alleged mythical powers. At one point in time, chocolate was believed to be so potent that nuns were forbidden from eating it and French doctors used it to treat “broken hearts.”

By the 1800s, the Cadbury Brothers set up shop in England and began packaging candies to sell to a mainstream audience. In 1861, in a genius marketing move, Richard Cadbury created the first ever heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day, spurring the commercialization of the holiday. To this day, every February 14th we all still have a sweet spot for the sweet stuff.

read the full article here

Happy Valentines! xoxo-K

1 comment:

  1. Valentines day is really good when paired with this great treats that you've shared with us. I hope you keep on posting and more power!


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