Love may be the most versatile word in the language. No single phrase can mean so many different things across the spectrum of emotions.
On Valentine’s Day, it takes on a whole other slew of meanings, many of them of the cloyingly commercial or hollowly sentimental variety. Gifts are lovely no doubt, but heart shaped box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses are cliché and impersonal.
Love is not meant to be a product or feeling with a sliding monetary scale attached to it, rather it should be an honest expression to someone you care deeply for, and it can come in any form.
I can think of no better way to give a gift of affection to your adored one than to cook something for them. Its homemade, imbued with effort, thought and care, and most important of all, it will be bloody delicious!
That doesn’t mean it has to be an expensive lobster dinner or a plate adorned with imported shaved truffles — it can be anything. You could recreate the meal you had on your first date, maybe a dish served at your wedding or just a favorite little bite you know they spend days at a time longing for.
The idea is that by making something for the one you love, you are also giving them a piece of yourself to show how much they mean to you. Holidays all have their own icons in modern culture. Christmas is shaped like a tree, Easter is a bunny, and Valentines of course is shaped like a heart.
Chocolates, marshmallows, boxes, cookies, cakes … they’re all shaped like hearts come February. With that in mind, you can get a little creative when combining the form and function of heart shaped treats, putting your own succulent spin on the clichés of the day.
These scones hit all of the flavor notes to light the fire of your flame’s taste buds. They are like a culinary one stop shop, checking off all of the required Valentines boxes with red colors, sweets, chocolate, heart shapes and flowers all represented.
Raspberry and bacon give salty and tart notes to the sweet scone dough, which itself is a soft, butter rich pillow of deliciousness. Luxurious indulgence follows with dark chocolate drizzled over the top, blanketing the plate with a tapestry of love.
The garnishes add a playful whimsy to the proceedings, with floral notes of lavender and juicy, tart blasts from the individual bits of raspberry adding a colorful contrast to entice the eyes. The bacon, with its ethereal weaves of fat and salty crisp meat, finishes the dish with an earthy salinity that makes each one of the components pop on the tongue of your loved one.
With a homemade delicacy that impresses all of the senses with a charming simplicity and heart shaped sweetness; these scones are, quite simply, edible lust. Show your special someone your undying adoration with this sweet treat baked in the shape of love. What could be more romantic than that?Bacon and Raspberry Scones with Dark Chocolate and Lavender Flowers
This recipe brings all the flavors of love together: salty, sweet, tart, floral, chocolate and of course… bacon. Scones can be made ahead and reheated or served room temperature.Makes 6 scones 2 cups All Purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, chilled and cubed 1/2 cup whole milk 2 eggs, divided (1 for dough, 1 for egg wash) 3/4 cup raspberries, plus 1/4 cup for garnish 1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled plus 1/4 cup for garnish 3 ounces dark chocolate, tempered 1/2 tablespoon lavender flowers 2 tablespoons Lavender and Vanilla Bean Sugar, optional
Make Dough: Measure out dry ingredients flour, sugar, baking powder and add into a mixing bowl or bowl of a food processor. Combine milk and 1 egg, beat to mix. Add cubes of butter to dry mixture, cutting in with a fork or pulsing in a food processor until the size of small pebbles.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix to combine, and then gently stir in 1/2 cup bacon crumbles and 3/4 cup raspberries. Put dough onto floured surface and pat down flat to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter or cut hearts with a knife, put on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet and chill for an hour.
To cook: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush scones with egg wash and sprinkle lavender vanilla bean sugar on top. Bake for 15-18 minutes, then rest. Temper dark chocolate on a double boiler or in microwave.
To plate: Add scone to plate, drizzle tempered chocolate on top and around in a design or free form — or write words! Crumble reserved 1/4 cup raspberries into individual balls and scatter around plate, followed by bacon and lavender flowers.
Tyler Fox, personal chef/event caterer who emphasizes ‘nose-to-tail’ cooking philosophy as well as vegan and local/farm to table foods.