10 things to do once you’ve bought a heart-shaped cutter

Salmon heart on bread illustration for Valentines recipe ideas

  1. Make toast. Spread it with raspberry jam / jelly / preserve. Cut out hearts.
  2. Make a grill cheese sandwich (I like to use some really delicious gouda, or mozzarella with parmesan grated over, but good ole American is great too). Cut out hearts
  3. Bake scones. Cut the dough into heart shapes before baking. Once baked and cooled slice in half, and sandwich together with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
  4. Cook a potato waffle in the oven. When it’s almost done, fry an egg. Lay the egg on top of the waffle and stamp out a heart shape
  5. Spread a slice of brown bread with a layer of crème fraiche mixed with chopped dill, a squeeze of lemon juice and some black pepper. Cover with smoked salmon. Cut into little heart shapes – perfect as a canapé with a Valentines cocktail.
  6. Stamp heart shapes out of flour tortillas, top with grated cheese, jalapeños, and chopped tomatoes, then sandwich another heart shaped tortilla on top. Fry, Shortbread cookie heart dipped in chocolate for Valentines daypressing down on the top tortilla to make quesadillas. Serve with sour cream.
  7. Put the cutter on a serving plate and press in rice or mashed potato or tabouleh salad. Lift up the cutter carefully to reveal a heart-shaped mound.
  8. Bake cookies and cut the dough into heart shapes – I like to combine different sizes of heart for added cuteness. I also dip them in chocolate – sometimes even white chocolate topped with sprinkles.
  9. Put the cutter flat on a tray, then scoop in strawberry ice cream, pressing down firmly until the ice cream fills the cutter. Freeze for half an hour. Melt a bar of Brownie heart for Valentines day recipe ideasdark chocolate. Drizzle a thin layer over the top of the ice cream. Freeze again. To serve use a blow torch to heat up the outside of the cutter and let the ice cream slide out, or dip a sharp knife into hot water and run around the inside of the cutter
  10. Bake brownies, cut out heart shapes once cooled

Hearts illustration for valentines recipe

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