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An Eco Friendly Valentine's Day - 5 Ways of how to by Pipii

Have an eco-friendly Valentine's Day!

Are you looking for sustainable & eco-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved ones? Look no further, we have got 5 eco-friendly ideas on how you can bring love to all.

1. Bake your way ... Divine chocolate heart brownies. We give you the recipe for the most delicious and moist chocolate brownies, use a heart cookie cutter to create perfectly shaped Brownie Hearts.

2. Home-made 'Irresistible Chocolate Truffles'. Make your own delicious chocolate truffles with this simple recipe.

See below for the recipes:

Choose recycled gift wrap or our many bags and boxes to wrap and present your beautiful home-made goodies.

eco friendly Valentine's day

3. Go potty... Give a potted plant - instead of a bunch of flowers, this year give a green plant - not only do green plants look great, but they are also the hottest indoor decor trend at the moment, as well as improving the air-quality.

4. Buy tickets to an event, comedy night or local gig. Have a night out together, live - laugh - love!

5. If buying a present or card; try to buy organic handmade chocolate, organic wine & a card made from recycled paper or even better make your own gifts. Lots of ideas in our archive.

Recipes - recipes - recipes

Chocolate Brownies

An all-time favourite; these gooey, chocolaty yummy treats, baked for that special girlie get-together with lots of coffee and gossip or for a scrumptious desert served with cream or ice-cream – or if you are really greedy like us: both, uhm!

This is a Brownie with a dry cracked crust, a wonderfully moist texture, and a rich deep chocolate flavour.

Brownies Ingredients

Makes ca. 16 pieces.

  • 140 grams of good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 115 grams unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (we like Green & Black’s coco powder)
  • 200 grams of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 100 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125 grams chocolate chips (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 160°C.
  • Grease a 20cm - 8” square baking tray.

Method

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar. Next, whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, stir in the flour, salt and chocolate chips (if using).

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes, important: or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with a little batter and a few moist clumps clinging to it. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Irresistible Chocolate Truffles

Make your own delicious chocolate truffles with this simple recipe. Using just a few good quality ingredients you can quickly make ca. 60 perfect truffles, either for yourself, for guests or to present as a beautiful gift for your valentine. You can make large truffles to fit our festive gold and silver foil cases or present in our brown kraft box with pla window.

Ingredients

  • 340 grams plain chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
  • 60 grams butter, softened
  • 200ml double cream
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder

Method

Break up the chocolate and chop finely into small pieces and put into a mixing bowl with the butter.

Place the cream and sugar in a saucepan and bring just to the boil. Pour the cream onto the chocolate and butter and beat until it is smooth and shiny. Leave overnight in the fridge to cool or freeze for a few hours, until firm enough to shape.

Use a spoon to scoop out the chocolate truffles mixture and roll into balls, roll the truffles in coca powder (optional roll the truffles in chopped pistachio nuts).