White Chocolate Pudding (with Strawberry Jam!)

White chocolate pudding is made with strawberry jam for a sweet treat that will show your valentine how much you love them. Grab a spoon!

White Chocolate Pudding Made with Strawberry Jam // savvyeat.com

Happy Valentine’s Day Week!

The last time my husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with the traditional fancy dinner out was 2006, just a few weeks after we started dating. I think we actually celebrated twice that year, once a few days in advance and once on the 14th.  But since then, dealing with the crowds and pricey fixed menus and everything else that comes with going out to eat on Valentine’s Day hasn’t felt worth it. So instead, we celebrate our dating anniversary, January 29, with a big night out, and stay in for a nice dinner at home come mid-February instead.

White Chocolate Pudding with Strawberry Jam // savvyeat.com

Since I’m the cook in our family, the menu for our Valentine’s Day dinner often comes down to me. Typically, I figure out the main dish (last year it was lasagna bolognese) weeks in advance, and choosing dessert takes considerably more time. This year, though, the process seems to have flipped: I had two stellar ideas for dessert by the end of January, and I didn’t decide on dinner until a few days ago.

The first dessert I came up with is a blood orange pound cake topped with candied orange slices. The second was a white chocolate pudding made with strawberry jam. The cake ended up winning out for this Saturday’s dessert, but only because Dan is more of a cake person than a pudding person (and I can’t decide which of these desserts I like better!).

White Chocolate Pudding with Strawberry Jam | savvyeat.com

But, the margins on that win were very, very narrow. Strawberry white chocolate pudding is fruity and creamy and perfect for showing your sweetheart how much you love them. And I know that homemade pudding may sound intimidating, but it really doesn’t need to be. If you go with a cornstarch-based pudding, there is no messing with tempering egg yolks required! Just melt the chocolate and strawberry jam with the milk, whisk in a cornstarch slurry, and pour it into bowls or ramekins to set. You’ll be done in ten or fifteen minutes, plus the setting time.

If you feel like mixing up the flavors even further, I’m sure this would be delicious with strawberry rhubarb jam as well!

This post originally appeared on Food Fanatic.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

These chocolate cherry brownies are fudgy and perfect for chocolate lovers. A little cherry jam helps deepen the chocolate flavor.

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The lovely Nicole of The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie is expecting her first baby in just a few weeks! When we found out we were all due within a few weeks of each other, Nicole, Jenn and I formed our own little pregnancy support group. We’ve shared our cravings, debated the merits of finding out if we’re having boys or girls (or of not finding out in advance!) and shared our nursery and birth plans. Since we’re still working on building up our social network in Minnesota, it is so nice to have some virtual friends with whom to chat all things pregnancy!

That’s why I’m so excited about today’s post: we’re celebrating Nicole and her growing family with a little virtual baby shower!  The menu is all about pizza, brownies and booze, some of her favorite foods and drinks (though she’ll have to wait a few weeks to partake of the cocktails!).

Since my usually strong sweet tooth has only been strengthened by pregnancy, I chose to go the brownies route. Because chocolate.

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These chocolate cherry brownies are based off my super fudgy brownie recipe…and they have taken over as the new favorite. I had 3/4 of a jar of cherry jam open in my fridge already, so I decided to mix some into the brownie batter. It doesn’t make the brownies overwhelmingly fruity, but just adds a subtle depth of flavor. If you’re a fan of gooey, extra chocolate-y brownies, make these ASAP!

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

These chocolate cherry brownies are fudgy and perfect for chocolate lovers. A little cherry jam helps deepen the chocolate flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cherry jam
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9" x 9" baking pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the butter and oil in a small saucepan. Stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the chocolate into a mixing bowl and whisk in the granulated sugar, brown sugar and jam.
  4. Add the flour, eggs, vanilla and salt, stirring until there are no dry spots left.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips, then pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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Check out the other things we’re making for the baby shower. Congrats again to Nicole. We’re so excited for you!
Boozy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from Ari’s Menu

Boozy Iced Coffee from The Wanderlust Kitchen

Coconut Oil Brownies from Handle the Heat

Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Punch from Eat. Drink. Love.

Four Cheese Pizza with Sausage and Peppers from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Crab Rangoon Pizza from Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life

Grapefruit Chia Seed Cocktail from Peace Love and Oats

White Pizza with Bacon, Basil & Tomatoes from Eating Bender