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4 Valentine Dessert Tips by Chef Ellen de Jager

Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us and for those couples choosing to opt for an intimate home cooked meal, a heavenly dessert is sure to set hearts fluttering at the end of the evening. In the Channel Islands, just off the coast of France, Bohemia Restaurant’s Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager, has given her top Valentine dessert tips on creating an indulgent and luxurious treat to help you impress your loved one.

Chef Ellen de Jager of Bohemia talks Valentine's Desserts

Chef Ellen de Jager of Bohemia restaurant in the Channel Islands. Photo courtesy Bohemia.

 chocolates and eclaires by Chef Ellen de Jager, two of the Valentine's Dessert Tips

Any Valentine dessert tip has to include chocolate! Look at these beauties by Chef Ellen de Jager. Photo courtesy Bohemia.

4 Valentine Dessert Tips

  1. Chocolate is the way to a woman’s heart

Sweep your sweetheart off their feet, with some traditionally romantic chocolate covered strawberries. Everyone knows that chocolate is the way to a woman’s heart and it is scientifically proven to release happy hormones! Chocolate dipped strawberries are a simple and easy, but delicious delight. Add a sprinkle of edible glitter, chocolate chips or salted caramel bites.

  1. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than red velvet

Chocolate tends to steal the limelight in the Valentine’s Day dessert recipes, but red velvet is a scrumptious alternative with a hint of cocoa. The ruby red colouring is perfect for Valentine’s Day and red velvet gives you the scope to bake cookies, cakes, brownies and more! Be creative and surprise your other half with a batch of velvety heart-shaped goodies.

  1. A splash of alcohol in your Valentine’s Day sweets

Add a sophisticated grown up twist to your recipe with a dash of spirit, bubbly or wine.  It is the perfect excuse to add your favourite tipple to a delicious dessert. So an easy way to celebrate the holiday of love is with a sweet and boozy dessert.

  1. ‘If you like it, then you should put a meringue on it!’

A meringue dessert looks and tastes amazing but doesn’t require chef-like skills. Pop to the supermarket and purchase individual meringue cases and simply crumble the meringue and mix with whipped cream and fresh strawberries to make a traditional English favourite Eton mess. If you are feeling fancier, fill the meringue case with fluffy pink raspberry mousse and top it off with bright red strawberries. With these crunchy and sweet treats, love will certainly be in the air!

Bohemia restaurant 4 tips for Valentine desserts

The lovely Bohemia restaurant would be a wonderful place to share delicious Valentine treats such as Chef Ellen de Jager describes. Photo courtesy Bohemia.

The Club Hotel & Spa is the perfect, romantic getaway and is situated within walking distance from some of the island’s most breathtaking beaches. It may be too late for this year but perhaps plan for next year and treat your other half to the lavish Valentine’s package available at The Club Hotel & Spa. Spend a romantic night in a luxurious Deluxe Double or twin room, with half a bottle of Champagne and handmade Bohemia chocolates on arrival, full spa and thermal suite access as well as turn-down service with Bohemia shortbread. Delight your taste-buds with a 7 course Tasting Menu dinner for two in Michelin starred Bohemia restaurant, and wake up to a wonderful continental breakfast to finish your stay.

Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands

For information, call: 01534 880 588 or visit

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Courtney Drake-McDonough

Courtney Drake-McDonough, RFT's Publisher and Managing Editor, is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer based in Colorado. She is passionate about the food world and loves to write about all aspects of it. She is also a social media marketing specialist and is the editor of two blogs,, covering restaurants, theater, movies and travel, and,a travel site helping people with different interests enjoy the same trip, together.

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