Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it’s known for greeting cards, chocolate and flowers. There’s no better way to show your loved ones, including friends, family and neighbors, how much you care than by making them something sweet from the heart! Team members from our Spring Arbor Senior Living communities have two recipes for lovely desserts for your Valentine:
Easy Chocolate Fudge from Spring Arbor of Leesburg
1 hour and 10 minutes total time, 10 minutes prep
2 cups dark chocolate chips
14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup of butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans – optional
Combine chocolate chips, milk and butter in a medium-sized glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine the ingredients. Heat for 1 more minute if needed. If you wish to include pecans, stir in ¾ cup into the mixture and reserve the final ¼ cup for topping the fudge. Line a loaf or cake pan with parchment paper. Scoop mixture into pan and spread with a spatula to 1 inch thickness. Top with remaining pecans if you wish. Chill for approximately one hour then cut into 1-inch squares.
Fruity Bread Pudding from Spring Arbor of Albemarle
55 minutes total time, 20 minutes prep
1 can of fruit such as apples, peaches, blueberries, etc.
1 cup of sugar
1 stick of margarine
1 teaspoon of flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 loaf of sliced white bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter an 8-inch baking dish. Pour fruit into dish. Cut the crusts from the loaf of bread then slice each into 4 pieces. Place the strips on top of the fruit in the baking dish. Mix the egg, sugar, margarine, flour, and lemon juice in a bowl then pour over the bread. Bake until golden brown, approximately 30-40 minutes.
Show your Valentine how much you care by baking a sweet treat just for them. We hope you try these recipes and would love to hear what you’re baking for your Valentine! Share your favorite sweet recipes on our Facebook page or if you need more cooking inspiration, check us out on Pinterest for more ideas.