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Chocolate heaven!

If ever you needed to pay homage to one of the saints, then Valentine must be top of your list….
The recipes on pages 12-19 © Stockfood, The Food Media Agency

Salted chocolate brownie

GF V

Serves 12 | Prep20 mins | Cook40-45 mins | Calories582(per serving)

FOR THE BROWNIE

120ml (4floz) vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing

50g (1¾oz) dark chocolate, at least 60% cocoa solids, chopped

120g (4oz) chocolate spread

80g (2¾oz) gluten-free cocoa powder

350g (12oz) golden caster sugar, or caster sugar

½ tsp flaked sea salt, plus extra to serve

200g (7oz) gluten-free plain flour mix

½ tsp gluten-free baking powder

½ tsp xanthan gum

3 tbsp milk

3 large free-range eggs

FOR THE ICING

180g (6oz) butter, softened

325g (11oz) icing sugar

35g (1½oz) gluten-free cocoa powder

2 tbsp milk

¼ tsp flaked sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 For the brownie: Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.

2 Grease and line the base of a 35x24cm (14x9½in) baking tin with greaseproof paper. Grease the paper with a little vegetable oil.

3 Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave on high in 10-second bursts until melted and smooth, stirring in between bursts.

4 Combine the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat well until smooth and even, then stir in the melted chocolate.

5 Pour the batter into the prepared tin, gently tapping the tin on a flat surface to help settle it.

6 Bake for about 40-45 minutes until the brownie is set and dry to the touch on top; it should just be coming away from the edges of the tin.

7 Remove from the oven to a wire rack and let cool completely. Once cool, turn out.

8 For the icing: Beat the butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.

9 Stir in the icing sugar, cocoa powder, milk, flaked sea salt and vanilla extract, gradually stirring to combine before beating until thick and spreadable, about 1-2 minutes.

10 Spread the icing on top of the brownie and sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Cut into squares and serve straight away.

The spread KEEPS the brownie dense and moist; look for a plain chocolate spread, rather than one with nuts

Chocolate and raspberry tartlets

GF

Makes 4 Serves 8 | Prep35 minsplus chilling and resting | Cook25-35 mins | Calories871(per serving)

1 For the raspberry jelly: Line an 18cm (7in) square tin with a double-layer of clingfilm. Purée the raspberries in a food processor. Pass the purée through a fine sieve into a saucepan.

2 Add the sugar and 1 tbsp water, cooking the mixture over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves, about 4-5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the gelatine with 4 tbsp water in a small bowl.

3 Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the bloomed gelatine water until dissolved. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes before pouring into the lined tin. Chill until set, about 3-4 hours.

4 For the sponge layers: Preheat the oven to 180°C/ Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 32x23cm (13x9in) baking tin with greaseproof paper.

5 Whisk together the flour mix, sugar, cocoa, bicarb, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.

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