It's always fun to use a blowtorch in the kitchen (as long as you follow the directions and know what you're doing). And that goes double for Valentine's Day.

By F&W Editors
January 25, 2016

From classic crème brûlée to over-the-top layer cake, here are seven fantastic recipes to finish with a blowtorch and impress any date.

1. Chamomile Toast Crunch

This dessert combines the satisfactions of childhood and adulthood: the simple joy of buttered toast, the sugary crackle of crème brûlée and the indulgent moistness of tres-leches cake.

2. Baked Alaska Birthday Cake

Three flavors of ice cream, moist chocolate cake, nutty ganache and fluffy, toasted meringue make the ultimate birthday cake.

3. Butterscotch Crème Brûlée with Caramel Corn

This decadent dessert is pastry chef James Foran's ode to the Cracker Jack.

4. Tres Leches Cake

© Chris Court

Supremely moist and rich, this cake is topped with swirls of torched meringue.

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5. Lemon Meringue Pie

A homemade version of creamy sweetened condensed milk gives the tart lemon custard in this pie an especially luscious texture and flavor. The billowy Italian meringue topping browns beautifully under the broiler if you don't have a torch on hand.

© David Malosh

The billowy Italian meringue topping browns beautifully thanks to a blowtorch.

6. S'mores Brownies

These fudgy, gluten-free brownies are baked in a graham cracker crust, then topped with marshmallows and broiled.


Upgrade brownies with a crunchy graham cracker crust and perfectly golden blowtorched marshmallows.

7. Brûléed Key Lime Tarts

This Oreo-crusted riff on Key lime pie is the perfect sweet-tart dessert.