Valentines Desserts

by Eddy Van Damme on January 31, 2013


Oftentimes Valentines desserts are shared and therefore I prefer flavors which will be adored by both love birds. Consequently a chocolate foie gras filled Mille feuille may not be the best choice here. If this particular dessert does not work for you check out the links below to my site for additional Valentine dessert options.

Chocolate mousse


Valentines Petit Four Sec

Passion fruit white chocolate mousse


 Mascarpone Cream Raspberry Tarts on Hazelnut Tart Dough

  1. Prepare hazelnut tart dough and make tart shells.
  2. Pipe raspberry ganache into tart shells.
  3. Prepare mascarpone cream and fill tart shells.
  4. When mascarpone cream is firm decorate with raspberries.
  5. Decorate with chocolate cranberry heart.



Hazelnut Tart Dough

Yield: Hazelnut tart dough for 12 individual tarts


8 oz Unsalted butter                , soft 240 g
4 oz Powdered sugar 120 g
1 Large egg 1
 ½ tsp Salt 2.5 g
1 tsp Vanilla extract 2.5 ml
4 oz Hazelnuts 120 g
9 oz All purpose  or Pastry flour 270 g


  1. Toast hazelnuts in a medium temperature oven until the hearts are golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a bowl mix the butter until creamy and smooth. Add the powdered sugar and combine well. Scrape the bowl and add the egg, salt and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Place hazelnuts and flour in a food processor and blend until hazelnuts are finely ground.
  4.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture and blend until just combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Chill the dough until firm. About 30 minutes in the freezer or chill overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. Roll the dough on a floured surface about 3 credit cards thick.
  7. Line the tart ring. Prick the dough with a fork and place in a 375°F (180°C) oven. After a few minutes check the tart, if bubbles develop prick the dough. Bake until golden brown. About 15 minutes and let cool.



Ganache with Raspberry liquor


2 oz Heavy cream 60 g
 ½ oz Invert sugar 15 g
3 oz 52-54% chocolate, chopped 90 g
.5 oz Raspberry liquor 15 g


  1. In a saucepan bring the heavy cream and invert sugar to a boil.
  2. Place the chocolate in a bowl and add the boiled cream in 5 increments. Stir with a spatula. Add the liquor.

Mascarpone cream



2 Gelatin leaves 2
6 oz Whipping cream (34-36 %fat) 180 g
4 Large egg yolks 4
2 oz Water 60 g
3 oz Extra fine granulated sugar 90 g
8 oz Mascarpone cheese 240 g



  1. Place the gelatin leaves in very cold water and set aside.
  2. In a cold bowl whisk the whipping cream to very soft ribbon consistency. Absolutely do not whip to a peak! Set aside.
  3. Fill a saucepan with a small amount of water and bring to a boil and then turn to a low simmer.  In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and measured water. Add the sugar and whisk well. Place the bowl over the simmering water and whisk constantly until the yolk mixture reaches at least 165°F (74°C). Remove from heat.
  4. Remove the gelatin leaves from the water and squeeze well to remove excess water. Whisk the gelatin into the yolk mixture. Add the mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract and whisk smooth.
  5. Add the soft whipped heavy cream and gently fold into the above using a spatula. Fill into prebaked tart shells.



White Chocolate Cranberry Decor



8 oz White chocolate couverture 240 g
2 oz Dried cranberries, very finely chopped 60 g


Temper white chocolate couverture and add dried cranberries. Spread on acetate and once firmed as leather cut into desired shapes. See “On Baking” for additiona

11 comments on “Valentines Desserts

  1. Richard on said:

    Looks like a lovely dessert. For a second there I thought the dried cranberry in the decor was foie gras, it’s a good thing I re-read that.

    It’s interesting that you use gelatin in your mascarpone cream whereas I’ve always seen it given air and a mousse-like texture with the beaten egg whites instead. Is there a reason you chose gelatin instead or am I free to substitute it for the egg whites?

  2. Eddy Van Damme on said:

    Hi Richard, Great questions,
    I use gelatin but in a very small amount, the cream will not turn into a rubbery and unpleasant consistency. However, if you would prepare this recipe without gelatin it could be used without an issue in glasses. Without gelatin in tarts it may make it on the soft side if sold for “to go” purchases. On using beaten egg whites, I do not use raw egg whites or pasteurized egg whites in mousses so therefore this method.
    My best! Eddy.

  3. Trendalynn Austin on said:

    I love the raspberry idea but is this recipe capable to use strawberries instead of raspberries? Also, if I wanted to do the hearts what would be a good chocolate to buy to temper from a regular grocery store?

  4. The cranberries add a lovely touch to the white chocolate, I would to try this with other dried fruits. Great idea!

  5. Andrea fields on said:

    I think this one is really pretty we should have done this one in class.

  6. Katerina Kyriazis on said:

    This dessert is so cute. All of the different components of this dessert sound delicious and are sure to please all of the people in my family. Definitely going to try this one.

  7. Holly Josey on said:

    This looks so good i wonder how it would be if i substitute raspberries with strawberries.

  8. cynthia smith on said:

    i guess it takes some art skills to be able to desighn such a creative dessert

  9. lovely recipe for the valentine celebration. i will try to make it for my next girlfriend this recipe.

  10. Amalia posada on said:

    This looks like a must try! If I don’t want to use raspberry liquor can I just make a raspberry ganache from purée how much will the texture affect the dessert?!

  11. John Foisy on said:

    I love the idea of the shortbread shell supporting but then giving way and combining with soft raspberries, mascarpone cream and ganache with raspberry liquor.

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