Ellen de Jager’s Guide To Irresistible Valentine’s Day Desserts

5. Steve Smith, Head Chef & Ellen de Jager, Head Pastry Chef, Bohemia, The Club Hotel & Spa, Jersey 12

Michelin-starred Bohemia’s Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager shares her tips on how to create the very best Valentine’s Day desserts…

Valentine’s Day is getting closer by the day, and many couples will be avoiding busy restaurants and opting for an intimate home cooked meal instead – finished with a heavenly dessert. Michelin-starred Bohemia restaurant’s Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager has revealed her top tips on creating an indulgent and luxurious dessert to help you impress your favourite foodie.

1 Chocolate is the way to the heart

Raspberry – White Chocolate- Pink Pepper & Tarragon

Sweep your sweetheart off their feet with some traditionally romantic chocolate covered strawberries. Everyone knows that chocolate is the way to a woman’s heart and it is scientifically proven to release happy hormones! Chocolate dipped strawberries are a simple and easy, but delicious delight. Add a sprinkle of edible glitter, chocolate chips or salted caramel bites.

2 Red velvet is always a winner

Black Forest Gateau - Cherry Ripple Ice Cream (3)

Chocolate tends to steal the limelight in the Valentine’s Day dessert recipes, but red velvet is a scrumptious alternative with a hint of cocoa. The ruby red colouring is perfect for Valentine’s Day and red velvet gives you the scope to bake cookies, cakes, brownies and more! Be creative and surprise your other half with a batch of velvety heart-shaped goodies.

3 Don’t be afraid to get boozy…

2. Bohemia restaurant, Jersey (1)

Add a sophisticated grown up twist to your recipe with a dash of spirit, bubbly or wine.  It is the perfect excuse to add your favourite tipple to a delicious dessert. So an easy way to celebrate the holiday of love is with a sweet and boozy dessert.

4 ‘If you like it, then you should put a meringue on it!’


A meringue dessert looks and tastes amazing but doesn’t require chef-like skills. Pop to the supermarket and purchase individual meringue cases and simply crumble the meringue and mix with whipped cream and fresh strawberries to make a traditional English favourite Eton mess. If you are feeling fancier, fill the meringue case with fluffy pink raspberry mousse and top it off with bright red strawberries. With these crunchy and sweet treats, love will certainly be in the air!

PLUS: The Club Hotel & Spa is the perfect, romantic getaway and is situated within walking distance from some of the island’s most breathtaking beaches. Why not treat your other half to the lavish Valentine’s package available at The Club Hotel & Spa. Spend a romantic night in a luxurious Deluxe Double or twin room, with half a bottle of Champagne and handmade Bohemia chocolates on arrival, full spa and thermal suite access as well as turn-down service with Bohemia shortbread. Delight your taste-buds with a 7 course Tasting Menu dinner for two in Michelin starred Bohemia restaurant, and wake up to a wonderful continental breakfast to finish your stay.

Try Ellen’s dessert magic for yourself at Bohemia Bar & Restaurant in Jersey. To book the Valentine’s Package please call: 01534 880 588 or visit www.bohemiajersey.com

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