Romantic recipes for Valentine’s Day

For many people the way to their heart is through their stomach, so what better and more romantic way to say ‘I love you’ than a homemade 3-course meal with maple syrup on Valentine’s Day.

From starter to dessert, we have recipes for every aspect of your love-filled dinner. We have gathered the most romantic dishes we could find to serve your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

Sublime Starters

Start your Valentine’s Day meal off right with a light pastry-based starter, a maple onion, and goats cheese tart. This recipe uses golden maple syrup to cook the onions in to make them gorgeously sticky and sweet. Paired with some rich goats cheese this simple and delicious tart will effortlessly impress your loved ones. To make it even simpler you can buy ready-rolled puff pastry.

Or if you’re looking for a more traditional starter to your 3-course meal, you can make a homemade soup. We have a delicious corn and butternut squash soup with maple syrup recipe that is ridiculously easy. You essentially cook all the ingredients and then blend together to make a stunningly smooth soup. The addition of dark maple syrup gives the soup a robust sweet taste

The Main Event

Mains are your opportunity to shine during your Valentine’s Day meal. Especially with Peter McKenna’s maple and scotch whisky glazed smoked butter poached lobster. This is an elegant lobster dish that celebrates the lobster through simple cooking. The combination of smoky 15-year-old Splash Bowmore whisky and sweet amber maple syrup and maple vinegar is the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

If lobster is that bit too expensive, or hard to come by, then why not go for something a e classic, like a spaghetti carbonara with crispy maple bacon. This is the kind of recipe that it packs a lot of flavour with a small number of ingredients. It is also a traditional recipe that contains no milk or cream, just unbelievable amounts of cheese. The best thing about it is it will take you less than 20 minutes to make.

But if you are catering for vegans and vegetarians on Valentine’s Day, we also have another delicious option. Our roasted red peppers, stuffed with broccoli and maple tabbouleh is a deliciously light recipe for a 3-course dinner, in order to leave space for dessert. The sweetness of the peppers in this recipe pairs perfectly with the full-bodied flavour of dark maple syrup which is added to the filling.

Delectable Desserts

You can’t lose your audience at the end of the meal, so your dessert has to be a Valentine’s showstopper. We have just the recipe to blow away your loved ones – raspberry mille feuille with maple custard. This is a stunning piece of patisserie, which may scare you slightly, but we promise it is simple enough for you to pull off on the special day. The best bit about the recipe is that if you’re making the maple onion and goats cheese tart as a starter, you can use the same ready-rolled puff pastry for this.

If instead you’re looking for a quick finish to your dinner, something easy like our maple syrup sponge pudding could work for you. It really is as simple as mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, what could be easier? Syrup sponge is always a teeth-achingly sweet dessert, and with the use of golden maple syrup, this recipe is no different.

If you have reached the end of this list and nothing has jumped out at you, or your loved one isn’t much into goats’ cheese or lobster, then browse some more of our recipes here.

Did you know ?

Québec exports its maple products to more than 50 countries.

Everywhere it goes, consumers of all ages appreciate maple’s unique flavour.

Scientists are studying maple’s potential health benefits.

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes.

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the stipulated amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60ml (1/4 cup).

A natural source of energy

Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.