I'm looking for an impressive Valentine's Day dessert to make without a mixer!

My partner is making dinner and I'm making dessert, so many of the beautiful recipes I've seen require a mixer--I want to make something sweet and gorgeous, but ideally something I can mix by hand. We're saving every last penny right now and can't afford a mixer--I have two cake pans, piping bags, etc--most other things I would need to make a dessert I think!

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Sam1148 February 11, 2018
A creme burelle is good if you have a blow torch and custard dishes.
 
Juliebell February 11, 2018
Lemon posset with a blueberry sauce or Deb Perlman has a wonderful dessert with raspberries covered with sour cream, brown sugar and run under the broiler to brûlée. Happy dining!
 
Emily |. February 11, 2018
For my anniversary I made dessert from 2 recipes on this site, neither of which requires a mixer: https://food52.com/recipes/9338-zabaglione-al-caffe served in little cappuccino cups with https://food52.com/recipes/23153-biscotti-di-vino.
 
AntoniaJames February 8, 2018
This chocolate "mousse" - posted yesterday -- looks marvelous. https://food52.com/recipes/75482-maria-speck-s-greek-yogurt-chocolate-mousse

I know you asked for "impressive" and "gorgeous." To me, if it tastes delicious and is not something served in any of your favorite restaurants, then it meets the "impressive" test. As for gorgeous, well, this kind of beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It would certainly qualify as "gorgeous" to me.

That said, I can see how marmalade on top might not necessarily be received in every case with the kind of enthusiasm one might want, so one could get some frozen raspberries and cook half of them down with some sugar to make a quick jam; stir a few intact berries in at the end, and then drizzle that over the mousse right before serving . . . . . or you could made a light caramel sauce and sprinkle Maldon salt + toasted pecans on it, for a "mousse" sundae . . . . . or serve it in a pool of rum-spiked espresso, with a sprinkling of finely chopped roasted macadamia nuts, or some delicate, buttery, homemade cookies alongside in the bowl . . . . I can think of so many possibilities.

Let us know, please, what you do! Thank you. ;o)
 
nance February 8, 2018
Along the lines of chocolate covered strawberries, here is a link for easy-to-make chocolate bowls (there's even a video!). https://tipbuzz.com/chocolate-balloon-bowls/

You can artfully pile up your pretty dipped berries--chocolate dipped red grapes are delicious also--in the bowls, or use them to serve really good quality ice creams or sorbets with favourite toppings.
 

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BerryBaby February 7, 2018
So easy...chocolate covered strawberries. Aren’t they one of ‘official’ indulgence for Valentines Day? 💕
 
BerryBaby February 7, 2018
Adding to this, slice and freeze bananas and dip in chocolate, sprinkle with coconut. Nuts and Dried fruit are options
apricots, pears... a small decorative plate of chocolate covered love bites!
 
Niknud February 7, 2018
Icebox Cake!! There's whipped cream involved, but that can be done by hand or with a hand-mixer. Plus it's so light and fluffy and delicious. I love doing it with the chocolate wafers and add in some fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries. https://food52.com/blog/7061-how-to-make-any-icebox-cake-in-5-steps
 
HalfPint February 7, 2018
@Taylor Singer, you don't really need a stand mixer (aka Kitchen Aid), if that's what you are talking about. Regular handheld electric beaters will work and a good one will cost ~$20. It's what I used growing up because we didn't bake that much and couldn't afford a KA back then :)

My suggestion for a truly luxurious and impressive Valentine's Day dessert is Coeur a la Creme. No baking required. Here's a fairly straight forward recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/coeur-a-la-creme

You can use yogurt cups as molds. Looks very fancy and tastes like a million bucks.

Or make frozen berries with a hot chocolate sauce: https://communitytable.parade.com/296674/dash/frozen-berries-with-hot-white-chocolate-sauce/
 
sexyLAMBCHOPx February 7, 2018
Pots de creme.
 
Nancy February 7, 2018
Chocolate mousse made with avocado.
Or tiramisu (not so much in fashion, but a classic for a reason.
Chill overnight.
Garnish with seasonal fruit, roasted nuts, creme fraiche or mascarpone.
Serve with Sauternes or a sparkling wine.
 
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