I suppose the title is a bit misleading but if you are like me, always leaving things to the last minute but still want a handmade gift for your special sweetheart on St. Valentine's day (which is, by the way, tommorow - Feb 14), then I suggest you make these palmiers.
All you need is some store bought puff pastry - the good sort like this, some white sugar and natural red food colour. Place 1/4 cup of sugar in a freezer bag with a few drops of food colouring and give it a good shake to distribute the colour et voila red sugar!
Sprinkle red sugar liberally over a sheet of puff pastry and start rolling loosely from one side, then the other until they meet in the middle. Cut pasry into 5mm-thick pieces, place on to a pre-lined baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven (190C) for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Allow to cool before packing them away in a fancy giftbox lined with red and pink tissue.
Alternatively, serve these gorgeous crisp little pastry hearts with a cream dessert like a rich dark chocolate mousse or lemon cream.Who could resist?
Happy Valentine's Day!