Make Valentine’s Day Sweet – Food and Tablescapes!
Valentine’s Day a celebration of hearts, candy and flowers. Here are a couple of ideas and recipes for your special someone/s. I love putting together scrumptious tables of goodies and it’s always easier with the help of friends. For a Valentine’s gathering I asked my friends to help me with a collection of sweets that would rival any bakery.
To make things simple I asked everyone to bring a favorite small bite recipe. It could be cookies, brownies, candy, cupcakes….anything small, sweet and yummy. They didn’t disappoint. I made a few things and put the tables together using dollar store finds.
Red – The Color of the Day
Tables were covered in lots of red: red table cloths, red hearts, red plates, red polka dot napkins and red hearts. I made simple rose topiaries from dollar store silks and placed them atop tall column shaped vases.
- 2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese room temperature
- ⅔ Cup sugar
- 4 Ounces white baking chocolate
- ¼ Cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ Cups crushed chocolate wafers
- Fruit for topping
- Yield: Approximately 24
- Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. (Foil liners do best.)
- Divide and spread wafer crumbs into each cupcake liner and slightly press into place.
- Break chocolate into small pieces; combine with cream and melt in microwave safe bowl for 20-30 seconds, stir well.
- If chocolate hasn't melted completely place back into microwave for additional 15 second intervals (stirring after each) until completely melted. Set aside.
- Beat together cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly.
- Add flour and melted chocolate; beat well.
- Pour mixture into cupcake pans covering cookie crumbs.
- Bake at 325 for 10-14 minutes, or util the mixture becomes opaque.
- Allow cheesecakes to completely cool then place into refrigerator for at least an hour, allowing cheesecakes to fall. Top with favorite fruit and serve cold.