Essential Chocolate Cake

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Photo by Maria Robledo

This cake can be concocted exactly as written, or you can try adding different flavors to the batter, from Earl Gray tea to chopped nuts. View recipe here .

9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Pear Crisp with Walnut Crumble

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Pears hold up well and are an appropriate fruit to use in crisps. Paired with walnuts and vanilla ice cream? Perfection. View recipe here .
9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Tiramisu

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This egg-free twist on tiramisu also uses ricotta instead of mascarpone. It's a classic finish to an Italian meal. View recipe here .
9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Crepes Suzette

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Make these crepes extra special by lighting the liqueur flambé style. View recipe here .
9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Seven Layer Cake for Two

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Stack plain Italian amaretti cookies with crème fraiche into a miniature leaning tower, just the perfect amount for two. View recipe here.

9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Beet Ice Cream

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Photo by Sarah Lipka


This unusual ice cream relies on beets for its bright pink hue. View recipe here .
9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Crunchy Almond Cigars

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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


Based on the syrup-drenched, rolled baklava, these wonderfully simple almond and lemon phyllo rolls are a light and crunchy after-dinner treat. View recipe here .
9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Julia Child's Tarte Tatin

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Seduce your valentine with this recipe designed especially for Julie & Julia . View recipe here .
9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.

Yogurt and Almond Cake with Lemon Syrup

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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


This cake's Greek name, tou yiaourtiou , means "the one with the yogurt." View recipe here .
9 Desserts to Please St. Valentine
Heavy and rich to light and flaky, a selection of sweets for saints and lovers alike.