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February 12, 2018
4 Red Velvet creations to die for!!!

A year ago, we celebrated Valentine’s Day together… with foods that are considered “taboo”  for this very popular celebration for people in love – for example garlic soup, souvlaki with tzatziki and many other “forbidden” flavors! If you’re still in this type of “anti-valentine” food mood.. then click here

Now, if you’re over it and you are head over heels in love, then discover how to put together the perfect Valentine dinner for two… here

Valentine's Day Menu by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

A year ago, we celebrated Valentine’s Day together… with foods that are considered “taboo”  for this very popular celebration for people in love – for example garlic soup, souvlaki with tzatziki and many other “forbidden” flavors! If you’re still in this type of “un-valentine” food mood.. then click here! εδώ!

Now, if you’re over it and you are head over heels in love, then discover how to put together the perfect Valentine dinner for two… here! εδώ!

Μενού για την Ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

As you can see, I’ve got all of you covered, no matter what you need! You know what though? Today’s Diary is not so dedicated to Valentine’s Day, as it is to a sweet you MUST enjoy when you… fall in love! Ahhhh… Red Velvet sweets… the color of Love… Everyone loves its bright color (which was not always so bright), its cheesy flavor and its unbelievable cream – things that blend so absolutely wonderfully together to create this… masterpiece! If there was an official sweet for Valentine’s Day, it could be none other than a Red Velvet cake!!! It is a dessert that so many people love even though it doesn’t have any chocolate!!!

This is why I decided to talk to you about it and to share 4 amazing variations of it… that you can literally bring to the table! You can make it for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day or for any day of the year!!! Even if you don’t have a sweetheart at the moment, you can always celebrate with your friends or why not even alone??! The following recipes for Red Velvet desserts are SOOO GOOOD you might not want to share them with A-NY-ONE!! You’ll want to keep them all to yourself!!

When did it all begin?

I’ll tell you.. In the 1800’s. That’s when red velvet cake entered our lives, while everyone really went wild for it around 1938, when the Congress legitimized the use of synthetic dyes in food! That was when the Adams Extract Company (that sold extracts and food coloring) decided to connect its products to a very popular dessert that everyone would love! This dessert was none other than the classic, American Red Velvet Cake!

Why red?

Because it is its trademark color! Of course when it was first made, its shade was nothing like the bright, red, red color that we all know today. You see, instead of food coloring, bakers would use beetroot puree. It was inexpensive (there was hardly enough money for butter then..), added a little more moisture to the cake and made its color so much more attractive! Even though the shade was more a deep browny-red than red, red…

Why velvet?

Velvety thanks to the combination of corn flour or other flour, that bakers used along with all-purpose flour, in order to make an even fluffier cake!

What’s all the fuss about?

Well, because… and let’s be honest… the marketing was so good as well as the taste, if it is made properly! With its deliciously rich cake, its successive layers of light and creamy frosting and its unique buttercream filling. This could be one of the most successful combination of flavors and aromas ever! This is apparent if you see how over the years, so many companies tried to take advantage of the popularity and fame of the Red Velvet success, by creating Red Velvet ice creams, milks, cupcakes, waffles and even … bubble baths!!!

Below, I would like to share my very own Red Velvet creations! They have been tried and tested and I’m sure you will love them all. Now, if red isn’t your favorite color, you can substitute it with any other color that is… Even if you use all the colors of the rainbow, the taste will always be the same! Each and every bite will be absolute perfection!!

Akis

The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake

The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Red velvet honey dumplings – Loukoumades

Red velvet honey dumplings – Loukoumades by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Red velvet hot chocolate

Red velvet hot chocolate by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

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