July 19th, 2019

From Our Table: A treat you’ll love on Valentine’s Day and the rest of the year

By Medicine Hat News on February 12, 2019.

Valentine's Day is for lovers, and for chocolate and candy lovers especially. -- Submitted Photo

It’s just two days away. That wonderful love based day of celebration. It’s pink hearts and red ribbons and chocolate. Mmmmm, lots of chocolate.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I’m a big fan of chocolate, of the colour pink and of the most important part of Valentine’s Day and really life for that matter – LOVE!

I asked a few people if they had any Valentine traditions they would share. There were some really great ideas.

“I make a candy drawer for the family every year. The first year they didn’t know and were surprised when they went to get a spoon in the morning for their cereal… But now they kind of expect it. It’s fun….and only one stop at bulk barn….I buy each of their favorites”

“Just cards, chocolate and maybe a nice dinner if we are lucky!”

“The kids get a heart note on their door every day from Feb 1-14.

And my husband and I only buy each other chocolate on the day after Valentine’s Day …. we don’t need a date to tell each other we love each other but feb 15 th is a good day to say I love you with 50% off chocolate !!!!”

“I have fun valentines mugs I bring out for coffee. Plus my kids and I make cupcakes.”

“I decorate the house in and out and make heart cookies. Usually I give my kids a little gift like funny socks or books and hubby and I have dinner out.”

“We always make valentine cookies and decorate them. Our favourite cake is a chocolate fudge cake, once baked poke holes in the top of cake and pour sweetened condensed milk over it, and sprinkle with Skor bits and then top with whipped cream”

OK, so that last one sounds so delicious I had to get the recipe to include in this love filled Valentine’s column.

As per tradition I leave you with a Valentine’s Day love quote. From the love chapter 1 Corinthians 13:13 “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE.”

From a true lover of Valentine’s Day (and all things pink) and my family I wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Joanne Smith is a registered dietitian.

Succulent Skor Bit Chocolate Cake

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp espresso powder

1 cup milk (regular, Almond or coconut)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup boiling water

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups Skor bits

3-4 cups whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 F

In a large bowl mix together first 7 dry ingredients until well combined.

Add milk of choice, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer on medium speed until just combined. Change mixer speed to low and slowly add boiling water. Batter will be quite thin.

Pour batter evenly into two 9-inch round or heart shaped cake pans sprayed evenly with cooking spray.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges then carefully remove cakes from the pans. Let cool then place one pan on a serving plate and trim the top so that it is flat. Poke holes in cake with fork evenly then pour a little less then half of the sweetened condensed milk evenly all over top. Sprinkle with 1 cup Skor bits and add an even layer of whipped cream. Place other cake on top and poke holes in it then pour the rest of the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top. Sprinkle with the rest of the Skor bits then cover with whipped cream. You could sprinkle a few Skor bits on top or some Valentines themed sprinkles.

If you don’t want to make a layer cake you could also use an 18×13 sheet pan with higher sides then a cookie sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes. Leave cake in pan and poke holes, pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over cake evenly then sprinkle with Skor bits and top with a layer of whipped cream. You can sprinkle a few Skor bits on top or Valentine sprinkles.

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