So sure, Valentine's is commercialized. It's hard to find a holiday on the American calender that isn't (Maybe Martin Luther King Day?). It's also commercial in Japan. While I was there, all the stores broke out elaborate boxes of chocolate. What a tempting sight it was! I almost bought a crate load for myself. Every chocolate truffle, an intricately crafted piece of art, wrapped perfectly in typical Japanese fashion.
In Shoujo manga however, heroines take a step back from the commercialism and cook up homemade Valentine's treats. I've hunted down recipes for a few of the more unusual desserts for your Valentine's consumption.
For those who are not satisfied with mere chocolate decadence, I present:
Sunako Nakahara's Chocolate Monstrosity (aka Devil's Food Cake Cockaigne)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook and stir in a double boiler over boiling water.
|2-4 oz. unsweetened chocolate,|
1/2 cup milk,
|1 cup light brown sugar|
1 egg yolk
In separate bowl, cream
|1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar|
|2 cups flour,|
1 tsp baking soda,
1/2 tsp salt,
|1/4 cup water|
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
For a sophisticated flavor, join Ren Tsugura in trying:
Kyouko Mogami's Queen Rosa Jello (aka Gelee au Vin)
Soak 2 tbsp gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water.
Dissolve in 3/4 cup boiling water.
Stir in until also dissolved
1/2 cup sugar.
Let cool. Then, add
|1 and 3/4 cups orange juice,|
6 tbsp lemon juice,
1 cup well-flavored wine
Pour the jelly into sherbet glasses. Chill until firm. Makes 8 servings.
Thanks to Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer for the recipes.