Mary Berry's Valentine's Concoctions!

What better way to impress your loved one on Valentine's Day than to rustle up something special in the kitchen? Taking the time to cook your significant other a tasty treat will show them how much you care!

If you're not feeling very confident, take a look at some of the Valentine's concoctions by legendary TV chef Mary Berry. Easy to follow, they don't take too long to prepare and they look and taste wonderful. How could you possibly go wrong with a dessert such as "mango passion"?

Love heart biscuits

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Domestic goddess

Preparing mouth-watering desserts is second nature to Berry, who has been a whizz in the kitchen since she first started domestic science classes at Bath High School in the 1940s. To date, the domestic goddess has published more than 70 cookery books and has hosted numerous television series, including The Great British Bake Off.

Now aged 83, the celebrity chef admits to having been "hopeless" at school - until she discovered cooking classes with a teacher called Miss Date, who nurtured her talents and inspired her to fulfil her potential.

On leaving school, Berry took a job demonstrating electric ovens at Bath Electricity Board's showroom. She would visit customers at home to show them how to use their new oven and typically would do so by baking her special Victoria sponge.

This was the beginning of her long baking career, as she moved to London and took a job with the Dutch Dairy Bureau, while studying for her City and Guilds in cookery in the evenings. She furthered her career by training as a chef at the famous Cordon Bleu in Paris and the Bath School of Home Economics.

Writing and TV career

In the 1960s, Berry was appointed the cookery editor of Housewife magazine and later of Ideal Home magazine. She wrote her first cookery book, The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook, in 1970 and went on to write more than 70 more.

She hosted her first TV series with Judith Chalmers, Afternoon Plus, in the early 1970s and it was popular among daytime viewers. As well as having three children with husband Paul, she continued her busy career throughout the 1980s, writing more books and filming for the BBC.

She launched her Aga Workshops in the early 1990s, running a cookery school at home and attracting more than 12,000 participants in the 16 years that she ran the courses. She created Mary Berry's Salad Dressing in the mid-1990s with her daughter Annabel.

Berry's career continues to flourish, especially on television. Her most popular series has been The Great British Bake Off, on which she has been a judge. The competition invited members of the public to bake in the TV studio to be crowned the best baker.

She has hosted Mary Berry Cooks, Comic Relief Bake Off, The Junior Bake Off and Sports Relief Bake Off, all between 2009 and 2016.

Despite being in her 80s, Berry is still actively involved in television and appears as a guest on many popular shows, such as The One Show, Loose Women, Food and Drink Programme, BBC Breakfast, the Graham Norton Show, Chris Evans' Breakfast Show and the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Valentine's Day

Berry has devised a number of recipes that are perfect for Valentine's Day. The Valentine’s tradition dates back to the third century AD, when a young priest, Valentine, was imprisoned and sentenced to death for breaking the law.

His "crime" was to officiate over Christian marriages for young couples in Ancient Rome, at a time when Emperor Claudius II had made marriage illegal because he felt it made his soldiers weaker in battle. He believed single men had less to lose and would therefore fight more ferociously.

Arresting Valentine as part of his persecution of Christians, Claudius had him publicly executed on 14th February 270 AD.

While in prison, the young priest had befriended his jailer, Asterius, converting him to Christianity. Before his execution, Valentine wrote an affectionate note to Asterius and his daughter, signing it, "Your Valentine," and thus the tradition of Valentine's Day began.

Romantic recipes

If you're hoping to prove you're a whizz in the kitchen to impress your loved one, try simple and tasty recipes, such as Mary Berry's mango passion desserts with honey and yoghurt.

The recipe serves two and no cooking is required. What's more, because it contains mangoes and passion fruit, it also provides a portion of your "five-a-day" fruit and veg requirement, so you can be romantic while also eating healthily!

If fruit and yoghurt aren't your thing, try the more traditional Mary Berry's two-tone heart biscuits – they look almost too good to eat! Containing 60 grams of chocolate to make them sweet and tasty, they will cook in around 10 minutes!

The recipe makes 30 biscuits and Mary says they can be stored in an airtight container afterwards to keep them fresh - if you want to share the love, why not invite family and friends to try them?

If cakes are more to your taste, try Mary's beetroot and chocolate traybake. This delicious, moist cake is decorated with cream cheese and candied beetroot hearts. It makes 12 slices, so there'll be plenty left over – you could pack it up to take for lunch during the working week!

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