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Pots of Love 02/13/13

Celebrate the day of love with a delectable plate with chocolate pots, strawberry tart, love biscuits, champagne jelly and champagne sorbet.

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These recipes can be made in advance and plated up just before serving. Serve your dishes on a platter for two.

Please note: One bottle of champagne will be enough to make these recipes, with two glasses left to drink!

Serves 2
To prepare and cook all the recipes it will take around 30 minutes (don’t forget to leave time for the sorbet to freeze)

Champagne Sorbet (can be made the day before)
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes plus freezing time

200g sugar
250ml tap water
250ml Champagne
250ml chilled water

1. Put the sugar and tap water in a pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Add the Champagne and chilled water and allow to cool.
3. Pour into a large plastic container and put it in the freezer. Stir every 40 minutes until it starts to freeze (which should take approximately 2½ hours).
4. Leave in the freezer until just before serving.

Chocolate pot
Preparation time 5 minutes

1 avocado, peeled and de-seeded
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 drop vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses

1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and thoroughly blend. Scrape any mixture that sticks to the side for a smooth consistency. Place prepared mixture into a small serving bowl and then chill.

Champagne Jelly
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes plus chilling time

4 strawberries, chopped into small pieces
1 sachet Vege-Gel (vegetarian gelatine)
50g sugar
250ml champagne

1. Place the chopped strawberries into two shot glasses or two small wine glasses.
2. Put Vege-Gel and sugar into a pan and slowly add the champagne, whisking all the time with a fork.
3. Bring to the boil then pour over the strawberries.
4. Leave to cool for 20 minutes before putting in the fridge to chill completely.

Strawberry Tart
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes

250g strawberries
One pre-made tart case*
1 sachet Vege-Gel
1 tsp orange essence

*If you can’t find a vegan pre-made tart case, line a 15cm flan case with pastry. Line with parchment paper and fill with baking beans and bake for 25 minutes, at 180C/Gas 4, and then allow to cool completely.

1. Slice the strawberries and arrange them neatly on your pastry case.
2. Make up one sachet of Vege-Gel as directed on the packet. Add the orange essence, then pour over the strawberries. Allow to set.

Love biscuits
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 10-14 minutes

75g caster sugar, with a little extra for sprinkling on biscuits
125g vegan margarine or butter
125g type ‘00’ flour
125g self-raising flour
A pinch of salt
1 lemon, juice and zest
1 orange, zest only
¼ tsp ginger powder
A few drops orange essence
Pinch of dried chilli
1 tbsp pomegranate syrup
Icing sugar, for dusting work top

1. Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
2. Cream together the sugar and margarine. Stir in all the remaining ingredients.
3. Dust your work top with a little icing sugar and roll out the dough to approximately 4mm thick. Cut out your biscuits with a heart shaped cutter and place onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Finally dust with a little caster sugar and bake in the oven for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.
4. As the biscuits cool they will crisp up.
5. Serve all components on a plate to share.

Republished with permission © The Vegetarian Society 2012

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