To be honest, I’m not really a Valentine’s person. It’s one of those events I have never quite gotten the hang of.
For when it comes to blogging, it would be ever so silly to miss out on this opportunity to show off something heart-shaped and cute. Anything, really, as long as it is heart-shaped.
This Fiesta Friday is special because I have saved the date for Angie and her Fiesta Friday #106 celebrations, which I am co-hosting together with the wonderful Andrea of CookingWithAWallflower – I mean, how much amazing can this weekend get?
If you haven’t heard of Fiesta Friday yet, it’s a blog party that celebrates food blogging, really: we link up our posts and check out those of the others, enjoying their ideas, congratulating them on their work, and, at times, offering advice. Over the past year and a half I have made the most amazing discoveries, both in terms of foods and of people. Many of the regular Fiesta Friday revelers have become friends, we help and inspire each other and I’ve even met a few in person!
So, to mark the occasion of co-hosting this wonderful event, I decided to overcome my Valentine’s-related reluctance and to bring along some Neapolitan-inspired ice-cream-filled cakelets – heart shaped, obviously.
I made a batch of chocolate ladyfingers (adding 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder to the egg yolk mix of my savoiardi recipe).
And to add that special romantic touch, I piped the mix in the required shape, making around 24 hearts:
Two of these ladyfingers – or savoiardi hearts – I filled with shop-bought vanilla ice cream and a home-made raspberry sorbet, around 4 cups altogether.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make the savoiardi well in advance: they’ll stay fresh in a tightly closing cake tin or similar.
Simply spoon a dollop of ice cream between two and push, scraping off the surplus with a knife or similar.
Simple and cute. 12 ice cream sandwiches might be a tad too generous for a date. Perhaps just make a few and see where it takes you …
I did meet a love of my life on Fiesta Friday – in form of a no-knead sourdough loaf … But more of that later 🙂