JESSICA ALBA‘S HOTCAKES!
Perfect for breakfast in bed! The actress is a fan of this ‘simply amazing’ dish from L.A.’s Griddle Cafe
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
RED VELVET PANCAKE MIX $14; thegriddlecafe.com
NORPRO NONSTICK HEART PANCAKE RINGS $9.99 for 2; amazon.com
THE GRIDDLE CAFE’S RED VELVET PANCAKES
Makes 5-6 large pancakes
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for topping
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pancake mix 2/3 cup water
Sweetened cocoa powder
1. For cream cheese icing: In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in sugar and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
2. Using a fork or whisk, stir pancake mix and water until just blended. Pour about a ¼ cup batter onto a lightly greased, preheated griddle or skillet (for heart-shaped pancakes, use greased molds). Cook until bubbles form and edges begin to dry. Flip pancakes and cook other side. Use a pastry bag to pipe icing along edges, then sprinkle with cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar.
Celeb Guide to VALENTINE’S DAY
Spice up your holiday with a sexy playlist from Maroon 5’s frontman and sweets the stars love
Adam Levine’s Favorite Love Songs
LET’S STAY TOGETHER
“It’s a beautiful, well-intentioned love song. It’s pretty unbelievably romantic.”
MAYBE I’M AMAZED
“Nobody says it sweeter or more sincerely.”
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS
“Every day should be Valentine’s day, but sometimes you need to schedule love and affection. This song is good for that.”
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
“If I ever get married, I’m going to do my first dance to this song.”
Maroon 5 will perform their single “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” during the Super Bowl pregame show.
The star is such a big fan of this treat-frosted cake on a stick-she invited baking blogger Angie Dudley (a.k.a. Bakerella) over to show her how to make them. “One day I’m doing nothing, and the next I’m at Blake Lively’s apartment making cake pops!” recalls Dudley. Says Lively: “I said, ‘Bakerella, you are a big deal.'” Find recipes at bakerella.com
“On Modern Family everybody knows that I love Hot Tamales, so I have them on every set. [My character] Gloria has some in her kitchen, and I have a whole stash in the living room.”
MAKE YOUR OWN TRUFFLES
The Cooking Channel star shares a ‘playful, indulgent’ treat that pairs well with champagne!
TRUFFLES THREE WAYS Makes 18
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
¼ tsp. coconut extract
1½ tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ tsp. instant espresso powder
¼ cup chocolate sprinkles
¼ cup toasted coconut flakes
¼ cup finely chopped nuts (such as pistachios or almonds)
1. Grease a dinner plate or a baking sheet with half of the softened butter. Set aside.
2. Whisk the condensed milk, coconut extract and cocoa powder together in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the milk thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the espresso powder. Pour the mixture out onto the greased plate and let it cool completely, about 45 minutes.
3. Place the chocolate sprinkles, coconut flakes and nuts on 3 plates. Grease your hands with the remaining butter and roll a scant tablespoonful of the chocolate mixture into a ball between your hands. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Roll the balls around in the sprinkles, coconut flakes or nuts until evenly coated, lightly pressing the coatings in with your fingers to make sure they stick. Arrange the truffles in mini muffin cups or on a platter. Store at room temperature.
For more of Hoffmann’s dessert recipes and baking tips, go to eaglebrand.com.
Colin Cowie’s ROMANTIC COCKTAILS
The party planner for stars like Oprah recommends some celebratory drinks
1 WHITE MISCHIEF
¼ cup tequila
1½ tbsp. pear nectar
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. agave nectar
Garnish: fresh tarragon sprig
Fill cocktail shaker half-full with ice; add tequila, pear nectar, lime juice and agave. Cover and shake well; strain into a martini glass. Garnish if desired.
2 CHOCOLATE SHOOTER
Makes: 2 shooters
½ (3-oz.) chocolate bar, finely grated
1 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
1 orange slice
2 tbsp. tequila or vodka
2 tbsp. coffee liqueur
2 tbsp. cold espresso
1. Combine chocolate shavings and red pepper flakes in a small shallow dish.
2. Rub the rims of shot glasses (or other small glasses) with the cut side of the orange slice. Dip glass rims into chocolate mixture; set aside. Save remainder of chocolate mixture for additional drinks.
3. Fill cocktail shaker half-full with ice. Add tequila, coffee liqueur and espresso; cover and shake well. Strain into prepared glasses.
3 POMEGRANATE ROYALE
1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup pomegranate liqueur or pomegranate juice
1 cup champagne or prosecco
1. Combine sugar, water and cream of tartar in heavy saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 5 to 6 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase temperature to medium and bring to a boil. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Uncover and cook, without stirring, 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is light caramel in color. Immediately pour mixture into a metal bowl to stop the cooking process. Tilt mixture in bowl about 1 minute to cool.
2. Dip the champagne flutes into the caramel mixture to coat the rims.
3. Place a raspberry into each of the flutes.
4. Fill cocktail shaker half full of ice. Pour ¼ cup pomegranate liqueur and ¼ cup champagne into shaker; cover and shake well. Strain into glass. Repeat procedure with remaining liqueur and champagne.