10 gorgeous Valentine's Day recipes

Bring some romance to the 14th February with a decadent meal to share with your loved one. From pretty pink bakes to meaty mains and luxuriously rich and creamy desserts, spoil yourselves with one of these special dishes.

Pretty pink doughnuts
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Pretty pink doughnuts

Everybody loves a sweet, sugary doughnut, so what better way to show your love this Valentine's Day than with these gorgeous pink ones. This super-simple edible gift idea uses ready-made doughnuts which you can decorate with coloured icing and sprinkles. Ring the changes to suit any occasion, such as for Mother's Day, a special afternoon tea or a baby shower.

  1. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in 3-4 tbsp water, so that the mixture thickens and becomes spreadable. Beat until smooth and thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Transfer half to a separate bowl. Colour the icing by adding a drop or two of food colour to one bowl to make it pale pink and a few more drops to the other bowl to make it a brighter pink colour.
  2. Put the doughnuts onto a wire rack set over a baking tray. Spread the lighter icing over half of the doughnuts and the brighter icing over the others.
  3. Once the icing begins to set, scatter the doughnuts with the toppings of your choice, working quickly so you finish before the icing sets fully.
  4. Leave the icing to set completely, then serve or put in boxes lined with nonstick baking paper to gift. They will keep for 24 hours.

Tip: If you want to try making your own doughnuts from scratch, try this ring doughnuts recipe. Cook as per the recipe except for the cinnamon sugar coating, simply leave to cool then ice and decorate as above.

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  • Ingredients
  • 225g icing sugar
  • pink gel food colour
  • 10 ring doughnuts
  • Decoration ideas
  • heart-shaped sprinkles, dried rose petals, pink 'flower power' roses, chopped pistachios, fresh raspberry pieces, edible pink crystals and strawberry-flavour shimmer crunch