Love at First Bite- Head Pastry Chef Wave Hotel Recipes

plate of various colorful macaroons, top view

Love is in the Treats You Prepare

It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is definitely in the air. Designed for lovebirds seeking a personal touch, I recommend these four delightful treats that promise a cozy, homemade celebration of love. Enjoy!


Prep Time: 30 minutes   Cook Time: 1 hour 41 minutes (includes baking time) 

Total Time: 2 hours 11 minutes Yield: 80 macarons shells


  • 1 ½  cups almond flour
  • 3 cups Powder sugar 
  • 1 1/3 cup Egg whites (Room Temperature, can be aged overnight)
  • ¾ cup  Granulated sugar 


  1. Preheat oven to 230 F and line sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Sift almond flour and powdered sugar; you can use a food processor.
  3. Whip egg whites to foam then slowly add granulated sugar until it forms a soft peak ( if adding color, add before meringue forms into a soft peak).
  4. Once meringue is at a medium/stiff peak, fold in dry ingredients to batter in three parts. Stop mixing when batter has a “lava-like” texture and is smooth enough to draw a number 8 with your spatula.
  5. Use some of the batter as glue to hold the sheet steady, then pipe macarons and tap lightly to remove any air bubbles. Let rest for 45 minutes to form skin.
  6. Bake for 16 minutes; rotate sheet pan halfway through.


*Pro Tip: 

  • Macarons can be garnished with any choice of filling such as buttercream, chocolate ganache or jams of your choice!

Photo of macaroons from Lake Nona Wave Hotel- featured love dessert.



Prep Time: 30 minutes   Cook Time: 12 minutes  

Total Time: 42 minutes  Yield: 12-15 donuts 


  • 1 cup of AP Flour
  • ½ tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Granulated Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 4 Tbsp of Melted Butter
  • 2 Eggs Room Temp
  • ¾ cup of Buttermilk (Room Temperature)


  1. Pre-heat over at 325 F and prep donut shaped pans. 
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, both sugars and salt.
  3. Whisk eggs, buttermilk and melted butter in a bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently into a smooth batter.
  5. Use a piping bag to fill donut pan up to 2/3 full 
  6. Bake donuts for 10-12 minutes or until they spring back to the touch.
  7. Once donuts are cooled, dip them in colored white chocolate and cover them with sprinkles!


*Pro Tip: 

  • For chocolate donuts add ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.



Prep Time: 25 minutes   Cook Time: 60 minutes  

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes  


  • 4 1/8 cups of strawberry puree
  • 2 tbsp of ginger juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar ( first sugar)
  • 1 tbsp pectin for pate de fruit
  • 3 3/4 cups of granulated sugar ( second sugar)
  • 1/3 cup of glucose syrup or corn syrup 
  • 1 ¾ tbsp of citric acid solution or lemon juice


  • Heat Puree and juice to 113 F.
  • Combine first sugar with the pectin, add to the puree and whisk.
  • Slowly add the second sugar and mix well.
  • Using a candy thermometer, add glucose syrup and cook mixture to 224.6 F.
  • Remove pot from heat and add the citric acid solution or lemon juice.
  1. Add to silicone molds immediately and let it set for 24 hours before cutting. 
  2. Coat in granulated sugar after cutting and store in an airtight container.


*Pro Tip: 

If using individual molds wait 24 hours to set and toss in sugar!


Photo of Strawberry Ginger Pate de Fruit from Lake Nona Wave Hotel- featured love dessert.


Prep Time: 30 minutes   Cook Time: 12 minutes  

Total Time: 42 minutes  Yield: 24 cookies


  • 1 ¾  cups of AP flour
  • ½ cup Cocoa powder 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt
  • ¾ cups of brown sugar 
  • ¾ cups of granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Dark Chocolate Semi Sweet Chips


  1. Pre-heat oven at 325 F and line sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl.
  3. In a standard mixer, combine both sugars and melted butter.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs to butter/sugar mixture, continuously scrape bowl, mix until fully combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients into bowl, then add chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop 3 tbsp size cookies and make sure for them to be at least 3 inches apart.
  7. Bake cookies for 12 minutes, rotate half way.

Experience Love Through Baking

I hope you experience the love while preparing and enjoying these recipes!


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