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Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes


Leading up to the release of Magnolia Table Volume Two in April, we'll be releasing one recipe from the book a month! To kick things off, we're sharing two recipes just right for a Valentine's Day celebration.

Strawberry Pie

This recipe has been updated on 2/28/20. We apologize for any inconvenience the previous version has caused.

From Magnolia Table Volume Two

prep: 20 minutes
cook: none
cool: 6 hours

ingredients

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (7 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups (about 9 ounces) strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 11/2 cups), plus whole strawberries, for garnish (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Graham cracker crust

instructions

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and lemon juice, then
stir in the diced strawberries.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix the heavy cream,
vanilla extract, and powdered sugar on a low speed for 30 seconds. Increase
the speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

3. Add the whipped cream to the bowl with the condensed milk mixture, and gently fold it in. The consistency will resemble a thick pudding. Pour the pie filling into the crust.

4. Freeze for at least 6 hours or up to overnight. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.

5. Remove from the freezer and serve immediately.

6. Store, covered, in the freezer for up to 5 days.

Makes one 9-inch pie

Black Forest Cake

From Magnolia Table Volume Two

This is my dad's favorite cake, and it's the only thing he asks for on his birthday, year after year. What sets this cake apart is a small addition of cherries—which if you know anything about my dad's and my shared love for chocolate and cherry, it's what we'd consider a winning combination. — Jo

prep: 1 hour, plus 1 hour chilling
cook: under 25 minutes
cool: 40 minutes

ingredients

cake

Nonstick baking spray
2 cups granulated sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
1 cup hot water

filling

One 14.5-ounce can cherries
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

whipped cream

1 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

instructions

1. To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch round pans with nonstick baking spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and whisk on medium speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture and mix until combined.

4. In a small bowl, stir the coffee crystals into the hot water. With the machine on low, slowly pour the coffee mixture into the mixer. Turn the mixture to medium speed and whisk until the batter is smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Divide the batter evenly among the three pans. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Let the cake layers cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, then unmold them onto the racks to cool completely. The cake layers must be completely cooled before you assemble the cake.

6. To make the filling: Drain the cherries, reserving 1/4 cup of juice. In a large saucepan, combine the cherries and reserved juice, granulated sugar, and cornstarch. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer until the juices begin to thicken, about 7 minutes. Stir in the butter and almond extract and set aside to cool to lukewarm.

7. To make the whipped cream: In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Start on low speed, then slowly turn the mixer up to high speed and continue mixing on high for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy and the cream holds a soft peak when you pull the whisk out of the bowl.

8. Set one cake layer on an 8-inch cake round. Using a serrated knife, cut off the uneven top of the cake so that it's level, reserving the scraps. Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, pipe the whipped cream to make a 2-inch-thick border around the top of the cake, starting at the outside edge and moving in. Spoon 1/3 cup cherry filling onto the center of the cake and gently spread it out to meet the whipped cream.

9. Add a second cake layer and level the top, again reserving the scraps. Repeat to make a whipped cream border with 1/3 cup cherry filling in the middle.

10. Lay the third layer on the cake. Add a generous cup of whipped cream to the top of the cake and spread to cover the top and the sides. Keep the whipped cream layer thick enough to cover the cake, and always move the spatula through the whipped cream, pushing it towards the unfrosted part.

11. Turn the cake scraps into crumbs. Gently press cake crumbs into whipped cream on the side of the cake. Spoon the remaining cherry filling onto the center of the top of the cake and pipe a border of whipped cream around the edge of the cake to keep the filling from leaking.

12. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Serve cold.

13. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Makes one 8-inch three-layer cake.