In the Kitchen
Recipes That Satisfy
Nothing Says Love Like
Chocolate and Cherries
Savor the pleasure on
Valentine’s Day with recipes
that are sure to please. From
updated classics to a gluten-free delight, these delicious
creations are the perfect
choice for your Valentine.
There is no denying that
when love is the secret ingredient, your baking will be
the best. In addition to what
comes from the heart, home
bakers add special touches
to their recipes, with simple
ingredients, such as flavored
gelatin, maraschino cherries,
cinnamon, sweetened condensed milk and dates.
1 8-serving size package
of black cherry or
2 11-ounce cans red tart
cherries (liquid from
1 can reserved)
3 tablespoons maraschino
cherry juice (from a jar
of maraschino cherries)
1 6-serving package instant
2½ cups milk
1 8-inch gluten free chocolate cake or brownies,
preferably made the day before
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Cocoa powder, grated chocolate or
chocolate curls for garnish
Maraschino cherries for garnish
Prepare the gelatin according to the directions except
use 1 cup of cold water instead of two. Let it firm up
for at least four hours or you can make the day ahead.
Cut into about 1-inch squares.
Mix the reserved juice from the can of tart cherries with the maraschino cherry juice.
Prepare the instant pudding per instructions,
using 21⁄ 2 cups of milk instead of three. Let the pudding set up for 5 minutes.
Cut the cake or brownies into about 1-inch-square
pieces. You do not need to be precise. Layer half of
the cake into the bottom of a trifle bowl or clear glass
serving bowl. Spoon some of the cherry juice mixture
onto the cake, enough to moisten the cake but not