Today my son asked me if we could watch the Super Bowl this weekend. There’s a super bowl this weekend? I had no idea. All the hot wings, soda, and chip sales should have tipped me off. When I asked him who was playing, he told me (I can’t remember now) and looked aghast at my ignorance. So, in honor of the Super Bowl, I’m dishing up a Valentine post…read on, lover boy.
And since I already made it, I guess I’m already done! This was tastiness. It just so happened that the baked apple took the shape of a heart and then I knew that I had accidentally made the perfect Valentine’s breakfast. Don’t you just love when that happens?
Puff Pancakes of Love (German Pancakes)
4 Eggs, beaten well
2/3 Cup Flour or Whole Wheat White Flour
2/3 Cup Milk
A dash of salt
1 Tablespoon Butter (but don’t add it yet!)
Directions: Preheat oven to 450. Oil your dutch oven well. Mix the ingredients all together EXCEPT for the butter. Pour batter into well-oiled dutch skillet. Using a knife, drop tablespoon of butter on top of the batter in little bits, evenly spaced. Bake for 15 minutes. It will puff! (like the lub dub of your heart). Turn oven temp down to 350 and bake about 5 more minutes, until top is golden brown.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Add a taste of maple syrup.
Adapted from a Susan Branch cookbook (darling), I decreased the butter from 3 tbsp, to 1 and it still tastes delicious.
For added valentine loveliness, sprinkle pomegranate seeds and a dollop of plain greek yogurt. YUM.
Wash apples, cut off top. Spoon out seeds (scraping sides a little bit), making a little well. Put a teensy bit of brown sugar and cinnamon inside. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes or so, depending on how crunchy or soft you like to eat baked apples. These are SO good. Don’t bake too long or EXPLOSION happens in the oven. Perfect after school snack and valentine love breakfast.
Put a ripe banana in the oven (in its skin) and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes (do at the same time as you baked your puffed pancakes) until the banana skin turns black. When you open it, you will have yummy, mush divine. Remember this for your next ice-cream fudge sundae.
Another way to eat puffed love: Strawberries and whipped cream. Can’t go wrong.
Another idea: Warning, we are now veering sharply into the land of sugar. However, surprising your kids with ONE of these is quite delightful. Then give the rest away to the neighbors who will love them so much, they’ll plow you out for life.
A Lover’s Ultimate Valentine: Chocolate-Covered Oreo Truffles. Oh man, so good.
Heart attacking the house is always fun, where everyone writes something nice about every person in the family. Some years it comes easy and some years…
Smoothies. Of course I always think these are the ultimate love potion. Beets will make anything turn red!
There’s always the idea I used in college. 1 bag of hershey kisses, sprinkled on dorm boy’s room floor. 1 note reading: “Now that I’ve kissed the ground you walk on, will you be my valentine?” Don’t gag. It worked!
I loved this post by Jeff Goins. It doesn’t really matter what form your valentine takes, a little note wrapped in love makes anyone’s day.
May your valentine’s be full of love and sweetness. xoxoxo.