Dessert Boards – Do It Yourself!

Thinking of doing something special for your sweetheart? Make this Valentine dessert board using their favorite sweet treats and cute little dishes. Charcuterie boards are a hot trend in the culinary world, blending flavour and textures to delight your senses. Traditionally they are more of a savoury ensemble, but why not have a little fun and explore your sweet side.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schulz

Valentine dessert board

Follow these tips to create a swoon worthy dessert board!

Dessert boards are easy and fun to put together. Start by assembling your serving pieces. They can be anything from a delicate china platter to a rustic wood board. Add interest by using different cups, bowls or candy dishes that you already love or hiding in cupboards waiting to be given a purpose. You can get fun little theme items at your local dollar store or make up cute messages yourself. Now you are ready to assemble the treats, use these tips as a guide.

  • Balance Sweetness-try adding citrus fruit, nuts or spicy cinnamon hearts
  • Texture Is Fun– add crispy apple chips, chewy dried fruit or soft marshmallow 
  • Dip In– add your favourite fruit and fruit dip or chocolate fondue for a touch of decadence
  • Bold Flavour-choose one or two items that have bold  flavours like a sharp cheese, candied ginger slice or dark chocolate
  • Finishing Touches- a little fancy goes a long way so add just a few special items like a french macaroon , candied bacon or handmade truffles ( try my easy recipe below)
Catch me on Daytime Durham sharing ideas for this Valentine dessert board with host Denise Marek .
 Desserts are the fairy tales of the kitchen — a happily-ever-after to supper. ~Terri Guillemets

Valentine Dessert Board

Easy Raspberry Truffles
A basic chocolate truffle that is easy to make and can be customized by adding a fruit or nut center or enjoyed plain.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  2. 1⁄3 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 pint raspberries, washed and dried
  5. Topping
  6. 1/4 cup icing sugar
  7. 2 tablespoons cocoa
Instructions
  1. Add chocolate and cream to a medium saucepan.
  2. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour into a small dish and refrigerate until set, but not hard, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  5. Combine icing sugar and cocoa in a small bowl and set aside for topping.
  6. Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls, make an indent in center of ball and insert a raspberry.
  7. Gently mold chocolate around raspberry and roll in topping.
  8. Store in an airtight container, refrigerate until ready to serve.
Adapted from Kitchme
Adapted from Kitchme
The Dip Diva Dishes http://dipdiva.ca/
Do you love this idea? You can change up the theme to suit any holiday, gathering or girls night in! Keep it light and fun and remember…….“A party without cake is just a meeting.” ~Julia Child

Let me know what you would put on your  dessert board in the comments!