To celebrate the fact that we’re already half way through January (yay), we’re looking ahead to February and – being Italians – Valentine’s Day! To help you prepare for the most romantic day of the year, we’ve put together a guide to our favourite Valentine’s Day Hampers and Italian inspired recipes.
Here’s our pick of the 5 best Valentine’s Day inspired Italian hampers
This is the ideal gift for a prosecco loving sweet tooth! Our Pamper Hamper comes in a heart shaped box (the perfect Valentine’s gift!) and includes a bottle of an organic, natural Prosecco, Marzipan Fruit Gift Box and Limoncello Cream Chocolates. The perfect token of love.
With love in the air, our aphrodisiac inspired hamper is an ideal gift on the day of love! Turn up the heat in the kitchen with some of our favourite aphrodisiac products, including Chilli Pepper Modican Chocolate, Extra Fig Jam and ‘Amorosi’ (meaning ‘lovers’ in Italian) chocolate- coated figs.
If you’re looking to stay home on Valentine’s Day, grab one of our Romantic Dinner for Two Hampers, so you can rustle up a romantic dinner at home. The hamper is packed full of delicious, easy to use ingredients to make well known Italian classics, such as pasta with luxurious truffle sauce. The hamper also includes a chilli pepper pâté and, of course, some dark chocolate coated-figs.
Send your love this Valentine’s Day with this indulgent gift box for him. If you are looking for something a little different and a little luxurious this is the perfect gift for that special someone who appreciates the fine things in life. Our Valentine’s Hamper includes an award-winning Chianti and artisan chocolates.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than prosecco and chocolates! Keep things traditional this Valentine’s Day with our Fabulous Fizz and Chocolates Hamper, which contains our best-selling Italian Prosecco and two types of Italian chocolates. Simple but sweet.
Italian Recipe Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Looking for further inspiration for an Italian inspired Valentine’s Day meal? Take a look below at our recipes for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.
Ingredients for 2 people
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 300g risotto rice (Carnaroli or Arborio)
- 200ml Prosecco
- 200g Parmesan
- 1 onion
- 60g butter
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Prepare the vegetable stock (use a vegetable stock cube for speed or make your own fresh stock) and keep it warm in a pan on the stove.
- Finely chop the onion and cook it for a few minutes in a large pan with 40g of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then add the risotto rice.
- Stir and let the rice toast for a few seconds on a high heat mixing well until the grains become translucent.
- Pour the sparkling wine onto the rice and cook on a fairly low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the wine has completely evaporated.
- Taste the rice and add some salt and a generous amount of black pepper.
- Continue cooking the rice by adding a ladle or so of the hot vegetable stock at a time and stirring well until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Keep adding stock and stirring until the liquid disappears, tasting as you go to see how the rice is cooking.
- When the rice is almost cooked but still just a little bit al dente stir in the remaining butter and remove from the heat.
- Garnish the Prosecco risotto with Parmesan flakes (use a vegetable peeler), a little parsley and a final sprinkle of black pepper.
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pudding
Our Valentine’s Chocolate Pudding (Budino in Italian) is a delicious sweet made with dark chocolate and accompanied by a refreshing raspberry coulis.
A budino is a popular dessert in Italy, always nice and light and not too sweet with the consistency of a set custard. Here it is served with cream and decorated with a fresh raspberry and mint leaves. It makes an indulgent and impressive dessert for the evening of Valentine’s Day!
Ingredients for 2 people
For the chocolate pudding:
- 230ml whole milk
- 40g butter
- 80gr Almond/Pistachio Modican Chocolate
- 80g sugar
- 25g cornflour
- For the coulis:
- 100g raspberries
- 100g strawberries
- 80g sugar
Thick double cream if desired
- 2 raspberries
- 2 mint leaves
- Begin by chopping the modican chocolate into pieces and melt it using the ‘bain marie’ method.
- Add the butter and stir well until the mixture has dissolved
- Heat the milk in a saucepan and when it begins to boil remove the saucepan from heat and add the melted chocolate, stirring well with a whisk or spatula.
- In a small bowl mix the sugar with the cornflour, stir constantly and pour in the chocolate and milk mixture. Keep stirring until slightly thickened.
- Take the moulds (if using the aluminum ones, you can grease them with a little oil). Pour in the chocolate pudding mixture and let cool for at least 3 hours, first at room temperature and then in the fridge.
- Prepare the raspberry coulis: wash raspberries and strawberries, remove stalks from the strawberries and chop coarsely, put both in a saucepan and add the sugar, cook over low heat until the strawberries are soft.
- Press the pulp through a sieve with a soft spatula.
- When the puddings have set, turn over and place on separate serving plates.
- Decorate each chocolate pudding with a fresh raspberry and some mint leaves. Serve with a dollop of thick double cream and with the coulis in a small pot on the side of each pudding.
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