Anchored on a tender, buttery pistachio shortcrust, this Middle-Eastern-influenced tart is filled with a creamy and bright white chocolate-orange ganache, accented with a few drops of rose water to lend a floral note. It's topped off with pomegranate meringue, swirled and spiked with a spatula and then browned with a torch to highlight the peaks and folds that form the petals of a large pink rose.
Treat your Valentine to a luxurious breakfast in bed: French-style baked eggs with smoked salmon make an elegant presentation on a breakfast tray alongside fresh berries brightened by shrub and sprinkling of fresh mint, while homemade chocolate croissants add a sweet note to a decadent morning meal.
Nothing sets a celebratory mood for the year to come like bright, bubbly cocktails and an array of bite-sized sweets. Tart, floral, and fruity cocktails satisfy lighter palates, while a sparkling twist on the Negroni provides a balanced and bitter alternative. Serve elegant single-portion desserts like chocolate-dipped financiers fragrant with orange, decadent chocolate truffles, and sweet, sour cream-glazed pecans.
A flavorful combination of cardamom, dried mulberries, tart cherries, almonds, pistachios, and coffee beans tops dark chocolate in a crunchy, gorgeously-layered bark adapted from Louisa Shafia's The New Persian Kitchen. If you don't have dried mulberries on hand, finely-chopped figs are a fine substitute.
Adapted from Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery cookbook, this riff on an Oreo (the name stands for "Thomas Keller Oreos") is filled with a creamy white chocolate ganache. Make sure to use white chocolate with at least 35 percent cocoa butter when making the filling to ensure ultra-smooth melting.