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Valentine's Day Recipes
(NC) - It's that time of year again - time to show that special person in your life just how much they mean to you.
But with so many different gifts you can give on Valentine's Day, oddly enough, it can still be difficult to find that "perfect gift."
After all, making your own gift is still considered by many as the most thoughtful form of giving. When you present a homemade gift, the receiver knows you took the time to think about their personal tastes and carefully crafted a gift just for them.
If you're unsure of just what to make, ask yourself 'what's the best way to a person's heart?' For many, it's just as the old saying goes - the way to a person's heart is through their stomach.
"Valentine's Day shouldn't be complicated. It should be simple, yet thoughtful," says Jason Bangerter, one of Canada's leading chefs and the executive chef of Auberge du Pommier restaurant. The acclaimed chef points out the option of staying in and preparing a thoughtful romantic dinner as a guaranteed hit that you and your loved one can enjoy together. And rest assured - things always taste better when they're prepared from the heart.
If you're still at all uncertain about your culinary skills tarnishing this special occasion, don't be. There are plenty of simple and tasty recipes you can follow, like the delectable Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe created by Bangerter and featured at www.all-bran.ca. With recipes for breakfast through to dessert, Bangerter's featured creations at www.all-bran.ca combine ease of preparation, with a unique display of heart in every bite.
Cut chocolate bars with a knife into rough chunks. You may use chocolate chips instead.
Toss the chocolate with the diced bread, Kellogg's All-Bran Buds or Original and warm melted butter.
Slit the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into a clean mixing bowl.
Add the eggs, sugar, spice, and salt. Mix until well incorporated.
Add 8 oz. of the cream mixture to the bread to moisten.
Spoon the pudding mixture into individual buttered muffin tins.
Pour remaining cream mix over the bread mixture until it reaches the rim of the muffin tin.
For best results this dish should be cooked in a water bath. Simply place the muffin tins in a casserole dish and pour hot water just half way up the muffin tins.
Place the casserole dish in a pre-heated 350F oven and cook for 45 minutes. The pudding will be finished when the custard is set and a golden crust has formed.
Let the puddings cool slightly, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.
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