Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Savoury Chocolate Vol au Vents and Canapes

Mushroom vol-au-vents

The party season is now in full swing and although I rarely buy ready made pastry, these  Gourmet Pidy pastry cases make excellent party fare for a time strapped host. Time and thought can go into creating delicious fillings without worrying about making the pastry and then having to shape it suitably. Pidy are a Belgium company that has been making their award winning pastry cases since 1952. They provide a range of interesting pastry forms, but have only recently launched into the home cook’s market. Their products are available via Amazon, delis, farm shops and other independent retailers.

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Honeyed Fig & Goat’s Cheese Tart with Walnuts & Chocolate Balsamic

Honeyed Fig & Goat's Cheese Tart with Walnuts, Thyme & Chocolate Balsamic

This honeyed fig & goat’s cheese tart with walnuts & thyme is drizzled with homemade spiced chocolate balsamic vinegar. It makes for a great starter or light lunch when you don’t want to spend too much time on preparation. It looks quite impressive and tastes fantastic. You can make it as one large tart, as I have, or cut the pastry into squares or rectangle and serve as individual tarts.

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