Valentine's Day Recipe: Toffee Bread Pudding with Clotted Cream and Caramel

toffee bread pudding

This Valentine's Day, rather than bumping elbows with other couples in close quarters at the latest in-demand restaurant, cuddle up at home with your sweetheart and this indulgent take on bread pudding from Brian Reyelt. The Boston-based chef uses a mixture of custard and buttery croissants to build the bulk of the dessert, then finishes it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a crowning of clotted cream. We love the tiny shards of chocolate toffee that hide among the decadent layers of dough. It's fun to excavate them with a spoon—much more fun than trying to secure a restaurant reservation. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Riesling-Poached Pineapple with Rosemary Whipped Cream and Pink Peppercorns

Riesling-poached pineapple

Looking for an alternative to chocolate overload this Valentine's Day? Try this light and refreshing dessert from Denver-based chef Matt Selby. Cubes of pineapple are gently cooked in a sweet mixture of sugar, vanilla, and Riesling, whose high acidity plays nicely with the fruit's intense tanginess. An earthy rosemary-infused whipped cream and a pinch of lightly crushed pink peppercorns add depth to this elegant and floral dish. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Chocolate–Rosemary Bombolini


Given the recent remaking of the doughnut from a greasy junk-food symbol to a well-crafted artisanal treat, it's high time that anyone on the hunt for a special Valentine's Day gift should consider the various forms of the fritter. We think that dainty, sugar-dusted bombolini, the Italian analogue of the doughnut hole, are the perfect candidate, and we'd be thrilled to receive a box from Washington-based pastry chef Matthew Kelley; his elegant, pillow-soft bombolini are filled with a silky chocolate ganache that's brightened with the lush scent and flavor of rosemary. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Dessert Roundup

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cakeMichael Schwartz's Meyer lemon pudding cake

Happy Valentine's Day, folks! In case you missed them, here are all of the totally sweet desserts we featured last week: Shuna Lydon’s Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread We'd be thrilled to receive a box of these floral and crumbly cookies in place of the run-of-the-mill bouquet. Michael Schwartz’s Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake This lofty, soufflé-like treat is a cinch to prepare, which means you can spend more time with your special someone.

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Recipe: Milk Chocolate Soufflé with Roasted Banana-Caramel Sauce

Milk Chocolate Soufflé with Roasted Banana Caramel Sauce Clinton St. Baking Co. chef Neil Kleinberg made this delectable dessert at a Beard House workshop to demonstrate the power of the egg. We think it’s the perfect way to demonstrate your love to the chocoholic in your life this Valentine’s Day. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Molasses Crème Brûlée

Molasses crème brûlée We tend to dismiss crème brûlée as a Valentine's Day cliché, but this sexy, molasses-sweetened take from Alabama-raised chef Melissa Close-Hart has seduced us. Hart serves the crackling custard with pecan biscotti. Get the molasses crème brûlée recipe here.

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Recipe: Satsuma Pot-de-Crème

Satsuma Pot-de-Crème Smooth and sensual, custard-based desserts rightfully belong on any Valentine's Day menu. You'll certainly want this unique and elegant pot-de-crème from New Orleans's Café Adelaide on yours. Chef Chris Lusk sweetens it with satsuma, a delicate Japanese orange that came to Louisiana in the 18th century. In addition to cream, Lusk uses Calpico, a milky, yogurt-flavored drink from Japan, which enriches the custard's tangy flavor. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Chocolate Rice Pudding with Chile Fudge Sauce

Chocolate Rice Pudding with Chile Fudge Sauce Looking for a chocolate dessert that will put a little kick in your Valentine's Day? This offbeat rice pudding from Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski gets a kiss of heat from regular old hot sauce. If you've already settled on a dessert for Monday, you can taste chef Andrzejewski's dish at his Beard House dinner on February 16.

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Recipe: Michael Schwartz's Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cake
No offense to heart-shaped boxes and molten chocolate cake, but this Valentine’s Day we’re looking to branch out on the dessert front. Thankfully, this pillowy Meyer lemon pudding cake from Miami’s Michael Schwartz has come to rescue us from cocoa overload. Sweeter and more fragrant than conventional supermarket types, Meyer lemons give this dessert an appealingly subtle tang. If you can’t find them, use regular lemons—the result will be just as wonderful.

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Recipe: Shuna Lydon's Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Shuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreadThese rose petal–flecked cookies have a wonderful crumbly texture and a delicate sweet, floral flavor. Chef Shuna Lydon says, “Shortbread keeps for two weeks in a tightly sealed container lined with parchment paper, at room temperature. But I prefer to eat mine fresh from the oven, warm, with strong black milky tea.”

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