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by Now Then Sheffield

Serves 3-4.

Ingredients: 200g of strong bread flour (around 12% protein is best) Dried instant yeast Soya mince Tomato passata Vegetables of your choosing (onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach) Herbs and spices to taste (garlic, chilli, mixed herbs, paprika) Vegan mozzarella style cheese Unsweetened soya milk Warm water Sugar and salt

Preheat the oven to 70°C. Mix the salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Stir in the flour, so it's all nicely mixed. Carefully add warm water a little at a time, mixing by hand, until you have a non-sticky ball of dough. Knead it on a floured surface for about five minutes, stretching the dough until your hands ache. Turn off the oven, chuck the dough back in the bowl, cover the bowl with a tea towel, and put the bowl in the oven. Leave to rise for an hour. Take it out, knead it some more, and roll it into three or four flat, round pizza bases.

Fry your filling - soya mince, onions, garlic and whatever else you want in your calzone.

Mix in some herbs and spices and put a few dollops of passata in with the veg. Heat the rest of the passata in a pan or microwave and save for serving on top of the baked calzone.

Preheat oven to 230°C - the higher the better. Pop a pizza base on an oven tray. Dollop filling into the middle. Cover the filling in cheese - you can use soft cheese, or nothing if you prefer. Using a pastry brush, wet the edges of the base with soya milk. Fold it over and press the edges together to seal it. Brush the top with soya milk to make it go extra brown in the oven.

Cook for around 10 minutes until golden brown. Serve with hot passata on top.


Photo: Chris Lowry


Serves up to 10.

Ingredients: 250g dark chocolate 250g soya margarine 100g flour 350g sugar 3 tbsp gram flour 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 200g peanut butter 1 cup of soya milk

Melt the chocolate and soya margarine together. Beat the sugar and peanut butter together then add the rest of the ingredients except the melted chocolate mixture. Mix really well, adding milk until you get an easy-to-stir mixture, then add the melted chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.

Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes. You want a slightly gooey texture. Allow to cool and slice into portions.

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