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Happy Valentines Day!

You may be a total romantic, or you may be someone who thinks it’s all commercial tripe, as we should be able to tell our loved ones any time how we feel about them. Either way, it is very difficult to escape the hype that surrounds the day.

As with many other occasions where you are expected to exchange gifts, I think homemade is far more heart-felt than something you just grabbed off the supermarket shelf on the way past.

Today I am going to share with you a couple of recipes that are perfect for today! One is naughty for the waistline – chocolate fudge, and the other is a Weight Watchers take on Strawberry cheesecake, that can be made with things that most of us would have in the house anyway.

The fudge recipe I found on a brilliant site called Slow Cooker Central – http://www.slowcookercentral.com/ As the name suggests, it is a place to find all types of ideas of things to do in your slow cooker, it is really more than for making casseroles! I was very dubious the first time I moved out of my slow cooking comfort zone, and tried something new, but once I got my head around the idea, the piece of equipment on my work surface gained a new-found, much busier life!!!

This recipe has to be the easiest fudge recipe I have ever seen, as there is no constantly checking the thermometer, and arm breaking beating, but instead its throw it in and stir it every now and again over a 2 hour period. It couldn’t be simpler.

You will need,
1 tin condensed milk
500g chocolate – whichever you like, I use half dark, half milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Just put everything into the slow cooker, on a low setting, without the lid.
Stir every 15 minutes for 2 hours. It does crust over between stirs, but that melts back in each time. I use a spatula to stir so I am getting the edges and base of the bowl.
Pour into a lined tin, and allow to set.

What is more romantic than home-made fudge?

I know, cheesecake!

This recipe is a great Weight Watchers one, and it is loved by the kids as well as the adults!

You will need –

12 oaty digestive biscuits
50g low-fat spread – melted
10g leaf gelatine
280ml skimmed milk
2 packets of strawberry whip – I use sugar-free Angel delight
200g plain yoghurt

Line a 15cm loose bottom tin with cling film.
Smash up the biscuits, and stir in the melted butter. Press firmly into the tin.
Allow to set for about an hour.
Soak the gelatine in 2 tabs of the milk. When soft, heat until melted.
Whisk the whip with the remaining milk, and yoghurt. Add the melted gelatine.
Whisk until well combined.
Pour over the biscuit base and allow to set for about 2 hours.
Decorate with fresh strawberries.

Again really easy with an impressive result.

If you are having a fish supper out of the paper for your Valentines tea, what better way to impress your loved one than bringing out the “Cheesecake” for dessert! I think you’ll definitely earn points for that!

Have a great time what ever you are doing!!!!!

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