Make it a date for Valentine’s Day

Tuck into these delicious Valentine treats
Tuck into these delicious Valentine treats

It’s Valentine’s Day soon so how do you show you care?

Most lovers would be more than happy to be given one of these delicious and beautiful bakes, served with nothing other than two spoons.

warm date and chocolate valentine pots

100g chopped dates

50g white chocolate, broken into pieces

40g toasted chopped mixed nuts

75g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

75g unsalted butter

75ml semi-skimmed milk

60g caster sugar

2 medium eggs, whisked

1tsp vanilla extract

1/4tsp baking powder

A pinch of cream of tartar

50g ground almonds

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6.

Lightly grease six ramekins or ovenproof espresso cups with a little butter (unless you’re incredibly hungry, you can save some for another night).

Divide the chopped dates (Whitworths work well) equally between the ramekins or cups and sprinkle the white chocolate and the chopped nuts over the top of the dates, again equally dividing between the ramekins or cups.

Place the dark chocolate, butter, milk and caster sugar in a heavy-based saucepan and gently heat until the chocolate has melted. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir until smooth.

Whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder and the cream of tartar into the dark chocolate mixture until evenly combined.

Gently fold in the ground almonds and divide the mixture evenly between the ramekins or cups.

Bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, or until the surface is cooked but soft and fudge-like in the centre.

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or clotted cream.