As promised, today I wanted to share the recipes for the delicious food and drink that I served at the Asian-inspired Valentine’s Day Tea I threw for my girlfriends. Once I landed on the theme for the afternoon, I immediately knew that I wanted to make my own chocolate dipped oversized fortune cookies (because what party is complete without dessert?), complete with customized fortunes and covered in sprinkles. I scoured the internet for fortune cookie recipes, and spent the night before the party perfecting my fortune cookie making technique. Take a look at the recipe and my tuTORIal!
Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookie
- 2 egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 pinches salt
- ½ cup unbleached all purpose flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- Melting chocolate (I used Wilton’s candy melts in pink)
- Sprinkles (I used red, white and pink sprinkles, to match the Valentine’s Day theme)
- Paper for the fortune and a pen to write it with
- Gather your ingredients and preheat your oven to 400 degrees and butter a cookie sheet.
- Mix the egg whites and vanilla until foamy. Sift the flour, salt and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.
- Write the fortunes on white pieces of paper. I chose a fun quote from Coco Chanel, because it was a party for my girlfriends, and I wanted the cookies to have chic fortunes! The fortune I wrote was, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Ha!
- Cut the fortune so you have a long strip of paper, about 5 inches long and ½ inch wide.
6. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cookie is a golden color around the edges. Remove the cookie from the oven with a spatula and place upside down on a wooden cutting board. Quickly place the fortune in the center of the cookie, and fold the cookie in half.
7. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup or bowl and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside.
8. Place the folded cookie into the cup of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold the shape until firm.
9. Melt the dipping chocolate (you can put it in the microwave for 20 seconds). Once the chocolate cooled, pour it over the back half of the fortune cookie.
10. Then, while the chocolate is still wet, roll the cookie in the sprinkles
11. Let the chocolate and sprinkles set and dry
12. Crack open the cookie and read your fortune!
Next up, I wanted to share the recipe for the pretty pink sake cocktail that I served after we had our tea. The cocktails looks so beautiful on the table, and were really easy to make.
Cherry Blossom Sake Cocktail
- Nigori Sake (I used Hakutsuru Sake SAYURI Nigori Sake which comes in the most beautiful pink bottles)
- Sour cherry syrup
- Vanilla vodka
- Simple syrup (to sweeten the cocktail)
- Pink flower for garnish
- Pour sake into champagne glass until ¾ full
- Add sour cherry syrup and blend until pink
- Add a splash of vanilla vodka
- Add simple syrup (if you like your drinks on the sweeter side)
- Garnish with a pink flower and serve!
For the final recipe, I wanted to show you how I made the udon noodle soup that each of my guests had as their main course.
Udon Noodle Soup with Heart Shaped Carrots and Egg
- 6 tablespoons udon soup base
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cups dried seaweed
- 3 teaspoons sesame oil
- 24 ounces fresh udon noodles
- 2 large carrots
- 6 eggs
- 1 package firm tofu
- Bring 6 cups of water to boil in a large pot.
- Stir in soup base and soy sauce. Cover and set aside
- Boil noodles until soft and using tongs, place desired amount of noodles in each soup bowl.
- Once the broth is boiling, add dried seaweed and season to taste.
- Ladle broth into each soup bowl, over the noodles
- Cut heart shaped carrots and add desired amount to each bowl of soup
- Boil and egg and cut into a heart shape once cooked, and place on top of the noodles
- Steam tofu, cut into cubes and add desired amount to each bowl.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
And there you have it! Incase you missed the DIYs, click HERE to check them out (I made my own kimono!). And to take a peek at the DIY Tea Bar and tablescape from the tea (and some photos of my and my girls), click HERE.
I hope you enjoyed the photos from my Valentine’s Day Tea! Throwing parties, crafting, cooking, and bringing an idea/vision to life are my passions, and I feel so lucky to be able to share all of them with you.
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow?
Photos: Stephanie Todaro Photography+ Comment