Love goes through the stomach.

Reason enough to spoil your loved one this Valentine's Day.

Two pastry chefs share their chocolate recipes that you can easily make at home.

"What woman has never felt her defenses collapse at the sight of a box of chocolates?" Wrote Isabel Allende in her book

Afrodite

(1998), in which she tells stories of aphrodisiac snacks.

According to the Chilean author, it was therefore not surprising that Spanish women secretly drank chocolate in liquid form after the stuff was introduced to the Spanish court from Mexico.

"It is as addictive and exciting as coffee - it contains the alkaloid theobromine - but is also given symbolic value in the rituals of romantic flattery."

That was true then.

And even now, says Charl Odijk of Dudok Patisserie in Barendrecht.

"Chocolate is a perfect gift for the woman," he says.

His ultimate recipe for your valentine is a brownie heart.

Doris de Rouw, from Patisserie de Rouw in Vught, shares her Valentine's Day breakfast below.

"It is the day par excellence that you pamper your loved one extra."

A decorated brownie heart from Dudok Patisserie.

A decorated brownie heart from Dudok Patisserie.

Photo: Dudok Patisserie

Brownie heart recipe

You need this:

  • 150 grams of brown caster sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 60 grams of melted butter

  • 50 grams of dark chocolate

  • 60 grams all purpose flour

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 75 grams of pecans

Garnish options:

  • Ferrero Rocher

  • KitKat

  • Oreo cookies

  • Chocolate bar

You also need:

  • Saucepan

  • Come on

  • Spatula

  • Baking pan of about 10 by 20 cm

  • Satay pick

This is how you make it:

  • Melt the dark chocolate au bain-marie in a bowl and mix with the caster sugar, the egg and the melted butter with the aid of a spatula.

  • When the mixture is nice and smooth, stir in the other ingredients.

  • Pour the batter into a butter greased baking pan and bake it in an oven at about 160 degrees.

  • After about 30 minutes, stick a skewer in the brownie, if it comes out clean, the brownie is ready.

  • Note: not every oven is the same, so it may well be that the brownie has to bake a few more minutes.

  • Let the brownie cool down for a while before cutting out a heart.

    Melt the remaining chocolate and use it to stick your favorite chocolate attributes on the brownie.

  • If you really want to surprise your (soon-to-be) loved one, you can tie a ribbon around it and attach a beautiful valentine card.

  • Valentine's breakfast recipe

    You need this:

    • 2 slices of white bread

    • 1 bar of dark chocolate (75 grams)

    • 100 grams of fresh strawberries or raspberries

    • Powdered sugar

    This is how you make it:

  • Melt the chocolate au bain-marie.

  • Cut four circles from the white bread.

    Sprinkle the bread with icing sugar and roast it in the oven or under the grill.

  • Set aside two beautiful strawberries or raspberries for a while.

    Wash and cut the rest into pieces.

  • Place the toasts on a grid so that the excess chocolate can drain away later.

  • Arrange the finely chopped fruit on two rounds and cover with a second toast.

  • Put some fruit on top and pour over the melted chocolate.

  • Possibly in more layers.

    Garnish with the beautiful fruit that was set aside.

  • Serve the toasts with a fragrant espresso.