Yes, chocolate is the traditional trapping of Valentine's Day, but we'd take caramel this year, please, if it came with this lovely airy cloud of meringue. This dessert takes its cue from floating islands, a classic French dessert.
We also really like the way this dessert is done. Meringue is often piped into little cookies or crisps, and while this is beautiful, it's also an extra step (a messy one). This recipe just has you pack the meringue into a bundt pan and bake in a water bath. It's simpler, and rather more dramatic to serve.
And then the caramel (and the custard sauce!) — did we mention the caramel?
• Get the recipe: Ile Flottante with Caramel at Martha Stewart
(Image: Martha Stewart)