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Valentine Tarts

Valentine’s Day is pending and there is no doubt that there is no better opportunity to use a bit of creativity and show your love for someone special! For those who like the cute, crafty and sweet things, try making your special someone peanut butter chocolate spread Valentine tarts. Decorated with heart-like strawberries on some pretty paper will make a very pretty edible gift!


Ingredients
225g Butter crust pastry mix
Jar chocolate spread (can be any but we recommend Nutella)
Jar peanut butter
Strawberries (cut in half)
Edible gold spray
Method
-       Heat oven 180C
-       Make the pastry as the packet manufacturer instructs
-       Then sprinkle the surface with flour and roll out the pastry so that it is quite thinly but not too thin!
-       Use heart pastry cutter to cut out the tarts then use your thumb and make a deeper imprint as deep as you would a jam tart and fill each case with baking paper and rice to hold in place
-       Put in the oven for 20mins
-       Spread the base thickly with peanut butter then layer on top the yummy chocolate spread
-       Bake extra 10mins or until crust is golden
-       Take out the oven and allow to cool
-       Spray gold and serve with cut strawberries and cream

By Melodie Walter

Christmas Candy

We begin the festive month of December with indulgence and decorations. Here at Cellardoor HQ we aim to bring a touch of winter warmth that will touch the hearts of loved ones or add a touch of femininity to your festive home decorations. Try making our homemade marble marzipan and nutty chocolate coated butter fudge sweets – they can make the most charming gift wrapped up in a box and pretty paper and ribbons. Or even use for decoration on the Christmas tree!


Ingredients 
Nutty chocolate coated butter fudge
450g granulated sugar
4 tbsp water
12 tbsp condensed milk
1 bar cooking chocolate
Handful of hazelnuts
Method
-       Heat the sugar, water and butter in a pan on a low heat – stir until the sugar has dissolved
-       Add the condensed milk – stir occasionally until the mixture is thoroughly blended – boil steadily and mix only occasionally
-       Test to see if the mixture is ready to be taken off the heat by dropping some into a cold glass; if it forms a soft caramel ball/mound then remove the pan from the heat
-       Beat the mixture until it thickens then pour it into a greased tin and leave to cool
-       Melt chocolate and pour over the cold fudge and decorate with the hazelnuts
To make what we call the ‘fudgecomb’ (can be seen in the photo) just continue to boil the mixture until thickens and then crumbles. The pan must then be taken off the heat immediately.

 Tip: tastes great with melted chocolate drizzled on top with chopped nuts.
Marble marzipan swirls and hearts
110g ground almonds
55g castor sugar
55g icing sugar
Few drops almond essence
1 egg
Food colouring
Mini heart stencil
Method
-       Bind the almonds, sugars, essence and egg together – roll into a ball
-       Split the mixture into smaller balls (as many as desired)
-       Add your desired food colour to each ball – a different colour to each
-       Roll together to make swirls or use a mini stencil like we did to make pretty heart shapes

By Melodie Walter