Love Hurts: Recipes for a Broken Heart

Holidays, Valentine's Day
on December 14, 2011
Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

If your plans for Valentine’s Day consist of losing yourself in a marathon of 500 Days of Summer, wallowing irresponsibly at the bottom of a bottle of Rosé or weeping alone—maybe you should reconsider. Instead, peel yourself off the couch and spend your evening in the kitchen baking up a little heart-healing magic.

Layers of Love: It’s no secret that breakups can make you feel worthless and like a big fat failure. This alone is reason enough to make the layer cake of your dreams. You know the one—the cover-story cake you sigh at the sight of when checking out of the grocery store. The process may be rigorous, but it will take your mind off the countless dinner dates occurring as you bake. Not to mention your swelling pride upon it’s completion will make it well worth your time—plus you can lick the bowl to your heart’s content.

Tantalizing Tarts: French tarts and clafouti are especially close to the broken-hearted. They are often meticulous, always beautiful and require a lot of kneading and flouring of the hands. Consider the process of pushing around dough and cracking eggs therapy. Your energy being channeled into something good rather than reeling in thoughts of egging that not-so-special someone’s house. For our Pear Frangipane recipe click the image below.

Once you have completed your sweet creation, take a step back and admire your hard work. There may be a moment where you’ll want to shovel the entire thing into your mouth—but stay strong and remember there’s something to be said for little indulgences. Rather share it with close friends and relish in the love you have—a love (and a fabulous pear tart) your ex is missing out on.

—By Emily Arno