Posted Wednesday, February 5 2014 by Categories: News

Are you looking for that extra special Valentine’s Day gift or idea for your loved one? If so, look no further than Dean’s.

To give the special person in your life a real taste of luxury, why not send one of our beautifully presented hampers? Crammed full with a delightful assortment of Dean’s favourites, they make a great gift – and there’s FREE DELIVERY throughout February to UK addresses!

While Valentine’s Day is typically thought to symbolise romance, we know everyone is partial to some funny or cheesy gifts. You can’t get much more cheesy than our delicious Cheese Oat Nibbles, which are made using the finest Scottish oats and Seriously® Strong Extra Mature cheddar.

These hand-baked, bite-size Cheese Oat Nibbles have a wonderfully indulgent flavour and a light ‘melt in the mouth’ texture – perfect to share with a bottle of wine.



Or for a delicious sweet treat, spoil the one you love this Valentine’s Day by baking a batch of our pretty, homemade Valentine’s Chocolate Cupcakes – delicious and chocolatey and guaranteed to impress!

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Ingredients

For the cakes:   

  • 100g Butter, at room temperature

  • 100g Caster sugar

  • 100g Self raising flour, sieved

  • 1 tsp Baking powder

  • 25g Cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp Syrup

  • 3 tsp Hot water

  • 2 Eggs, medium free-range

For the frosting:   

  • 100g Butter, at room temperature

  • 200g Icing sugar

  • 40g Cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

  • 3-4 tbsp Hot milk

Method

  • Cream the butter, caster sugar, cocoa powder, syrup and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.

  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, and fold in the sifted flour and baking powder. Lastly add the hot water and mix well.

  • Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases – half fill only to allow room to rise. Bake the cakes at 190 deg. C for about 15 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and spring back when pressed gently in the centre.

  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

  • To make the frosting, beat the butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and hot milk together. Add the icing sugar a little at a time until smooth & evenly blended.

  • Spoon the icing into an icing bag fitted with a small star nozzle. Decorate each cake with a swirl of icing then finish with mini chocolate hearts or sprinkles.

If you’re planning a romantic dinner with the one you love, we can highly recommend our delightful White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake – a delicious dessert that tastes as good as it looks!

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Ingredients

For the base:

  • 1 pack Dean’s Golden Syrup Biscuits, crumbed

  • 50g butter

  • 25g white chocolate

For the filling:

  • 200g full fat soft cream cheese

  • 200mls double cream

  • 175g white chocolate, broken into pieces

  • 150g raspberries

  • 75g Greek style natural yogurt

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar

Method:

  • Start by preparing the base – melt the butter and white chocolate together then add the biscuit crumbs. Mix well then tip into a 20cm springform cake tin and press evenly into the base. Place in the fridge to chill.

  • Make a raspberry puree by sieving 40g of the raspberries into a small saucepan – add the sugar and heat until the sugar has melted. Leave to cool.

  • Heat 50mls of the double cream in a pan – do not boil. Add the white chocolate and stir until melted and evenly combined.

  • Whisk the cream cheese and yogurt together until smooth. Add the remaining cream to the cheese mixture and mix well, finally fold in the chocolate mixture.

  • Keeping a few raspberries for decoration, sprinkle the rest onto the chilled cheesecake base. Pour over the filling and smooth the top

  • Drop spots of the raspberry puree onto the cheesecake, then gently drag a cocktail stick through each droplet to form a heart shape.

  • Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours, or overnight to chill, then serve in small wedges decorated with the remaining raspberries

However you choose to celebrate, we hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day spent with your loved ones.

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