Saturday, 19 December 2009

White Christmas

The white christmas of my childhood had copha and milk powder in it, if I recall correctly. A lack of ability to find copha in the shops here prompted the development of this very rich and tasty version. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends have!

  • 600g white chocolate
  • 2 cups rice bubbles
  • 100g red glace cherries
  • 100g green glace cherries
  • 100g silvered almonds
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 80g sultanas
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

  1. Line a 30cm x 20cm (base) baking pan with baking paper. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let bowl touch water). Fold in the remaining ingredients. Pour mixture into the prepared pan, pressing down with a large metal spoon. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
  2. Turn slice onto a chopping board. Using a knife that has been dipped in hot water, cut into squares. Serve.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Dark chocolate tartlets

Photo by Ed.

I served these tiny tarts at the wedding I catered for my friends Patrizia and Ed. (Full menu here). They were a real hit - rich and creamy and just the right size for a not-quite-guilt-free mouthful.

320g dark chocolate, (at least 60% cocoa but I actually don't recommend more than 80%)
500ml cream
4 egg yolks
2 whole eggs
1/4 cup sugar
gold leaf to decorate

Combine chopped bittersweet chocolate and cream in a heavy saucepan. Whisk over low heat until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool a little.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, egg & sugar. Very gradually whisk chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until smooth and blended.

Pour chocolate filling into crust, sprinkle with gold leaf, and bake at 180 degrees until set (about 15-20 minutes for a single large shell, or 5-10 for small shells).