Valentine’s Day is in 11 days. Normally I don’t really care about the whole romantic part of this holiday, and I usually focus on the kid part. This year however, I am counting down the days. You see, this will be the first year that I have actually procured a babysitter and my husband and I will actually be going out. Now that is something to be excited about in my home because date night is a rare thing.
I am looking forward to a nice dinner with my husband, but what I am most excited for is the movie after! I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to see 50 Shades of Grey! A few years ago I started the series of books and literally could not sleep or do anything else for about 5 days. All I did was read. I can’t wait to see if the movie is as good as the books!
So in celebration of my impeding date night, I bring you one of my family’s favorite treats Valentine’s Day 7 Layer Italian Bars. Now, like many recipes, it looks long, but it is not. It is originally from Gourmet Magazine, 2005. The batter is a cinch to put together. If you have an extra 5 minutes, I urge you to make the almond paste from scratch. It is easy and cheaper (you get a lot more for your money). Here is the recipe.
Instead of just putting the chocolate on the top and bottom, I actually dipped the whole square into white chocolate to make it look more like a petit four. I think they came out pretty cute!
So tell me, do you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?