Today is the first day since just before Christmas that the kids have really been able to venture outdoors. My poor hubby has taken them off to the park to try and wear them out – he never succeeds but I’m quite happy to let him try.
I’m just enjoying my ‘me’ time sitting in my kitchen, looking out the window and watching the sun desperately trying to break through the mass of grey clouds that seem to be forever threatening these days.
Of course, at times like this I end up thinking of food. What will I serve on New Years Eve? I have to admit that even for someone like me who loves food – I’m struggling to get excited about another over indulgent feast.
I’m craving something spicy and couldn’t possibly eat another creamy, chocolaty dessert. Of course, I’ll probably feel different in a couple of days. Instead of dessert I thought I would make these chocolate truffle balls to have with our coffee after the meal.
They are not as rich as the authentic cream and chocolate truffles but are made with crushed biscuits instead. My Mum has been making these for years and I have changed her recipe slightly by leaving out the coconut and dipping them in melted chocolate. Most of the flavor will come from the chocolate you choose to dip them in. My favourite has to be the dark chocolate with Sea Salt Flakes on the top.
I have to confess to never having eaten fresh cranberries before.
Up until recently they have never been grown commercially in the UK so we very rarely see them in the shops and if we do they are normally quite expensive. Now that they have started growing them in Kent I’m sure they will play a bigger part in our seasonal cooking. When I spotted them for sale in our local supermarket I decided to try them out.
This dessert was featured in the December issue of Food & Travel and just looked and sounded too good not to try. It is not a quick dessert to make but it is one that can easily be prepared in advance and would then only take a couple of minutes to plate up. I did cheat a teeny weeny bit and used tinned mandarins instead of fresh orange and I think it probably added more flavour. You could of course also use shop bought pavlovas but the chocolate in these make them extra special. I used a good quality chocolate and I think it definitely makes a difference to the end result.
When I came to make the topping I thought I would taste a couple of the berries to find out what they were like but Oh My Goodness did I get a shock. They were truly awful and left such a bitter taste in my mouth that I was very dubious about how the topping would taste once cooked.
Once cooked, though they were delicious. The finished dessert was really delicious and the different textures and flavours were just heavenly. Although not light in calories it feels light to eat and would be perfect for after a heavy Christmas meal.