Our Growing Edge: Chili and Liquorice Caramel Truffles

Last month we were invited to participate in Our Growing Edge which is a monthly blogging event where bloggers from all over the world add recipes or ideas that new to them. The event is hosted by Leah from Melbourne who has the blog Sharing the Food We Love – take a look at her site and be inspired 🙂

This month we have decided to participate with these delicious truffles as it is out first attempt to make, but definitely not the last 🙂

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Yesterday we blogged about the most amazing sea salt caramel truffles that we have ever tasted – and made. The combination of the sweet and soft caramel, the sea salt and the powerful Amedei chocolate 🙂

During the process with the sea salt caramels, I came to think of our passion for chili (actually I prepared dinner, touched a chili and rubbed my eye) and decided that I would try a more spicy version with chili and liquorice and they turned out to be the most wonderful combination of flavors that we wish for everyone to try 🙂

The basics is the same as for the sea salt caramels, so it is only the sprinkling and chocolate that differs. If you want to make these delicious petit fours, I’ll recommend that you choose a good quality chocolate like Valrhona or Amedei as we used here, but a cheaper but still good brand is also okay.

Hope that you and your family will enjoy the caramel truffles just as much as we have done 🙂

Chili:liquorice Caramel 12Ingredients (70 caramels)

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 stick butter

1 cup heavy cream

2 tbsp. chili flakes, for sprinkling

3 tbsp. raw liquorice powder

10 oz. white quality chocolate (70%), I prefer Amedei Toscano White

In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter and 1/2 cup of the cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, and then cook, stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240°F, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup cream, stirring to mix well. The mixture will bubble up slightly.

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Return the pan to the heat and continue to cook until the thermometer registers 244°F, about 10 minutes more. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a prepared pan.

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Let stand for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The mixture should be firm to the touch but not hard. Using a teaspoon, scoop out and form balls of caramel and place them on a sheet of baking paper. If you want the caramels to be exactly the same size, you can weight the caramels – to get 70 caramels, they should weight 0.35 oz each. The caramel scraps can be gathered and shaped into balls by hand. Sprinkle each ball with a few grains of sea salt. Let stand for 1 hour before dipping.

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Chop the chocolate roughly and melt 2/3 in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Pour the melted chocolate over the remaining chocolate and wait for 30 seconds before you begin to stir.
Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

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Dip the caramel balls one at a time into the chocolate, turning to coat. Transfer to the baking paper to cool. Add a sprinkle of raw liquorice powder to the top of each truffle and let stand until the chocolate is firm and set.
Store in layers, separated by waxed paper, in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (70 caramels)

2.5 dl sugar

2.5 dl light corn syrup

113 g butter

2.5 dl heavy cream

2 tbsp. chili flakes, for sprinkling

3 tbsp. raw liquorice powder

285 g white quality chocolate (70%), I prefer Amedei Toscano White

Our Growing Edge: Autumn Beer Cheese Soup

 

 

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims at to connect food bloggers from all over the world and inspire us to try new things.
This month is hosted by my utensil crock – a full-time attorney with an enterprising cooking habit 🙂

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We’re been talking about beer cheese soup for a while but never really took the time to find the perfect combination of ingredients. Then a few days ago we were encouraged by the wind and rain to make soup and having all the ingredients in the pantry made it a quite easy soup choice 😀

W chose to submit this exact recipe to Our Growing Edge as the recipe and combination of ingredients is totally new to us and it turned out to one of the best soups we have ever made!! 

For some it might sound strange with beer and cheese in a soup, but we promise that it tastes fabulous and can be served both as a week night dinner or as a starter when having guests over for dinner.

Hope that you we will love this soup as much as we already does, and if you have any suggestions for other variations of this recipe, you are welcome to leave a comment 🙂

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

2 pounds potatoes, peeled

3 large onions

2 tbsp. butter

4 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups beer

2 cups chicken stock

3 cups whole milk

1 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & Pepper

 

Garnish

15 bacon slices

1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

2 slices rye bread, cubed

 

Slice the onions and cube the potatoes. Sauté both in melted butter for 3-5 minutes before adding the cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
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Sprinkle the flour on top of the sautéed vegetables and stir a few times before adding all the beer. Let reach the boiling point before turning down the heat a bit.

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The add chicken stock and milk and let simmer for 30-40 minutes before adding the shredded cheddar cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper.Beer Cheese Soup 3

While the soup is simmering you can fry the bacon and make the rye croutons. Cut the bacon slices into smaller pieces and fry it. Use a fork or spoon to transfer the fried bacon to plate with paper towel – leave as much bacon fat on the pan as possible. Beer Cheese Soup 4

When all the bacon has been removed from the pan you can add the rye bread cubes to the bacon fat. Let fry until crisp and season with salt.Beer Cheese Soup 5

Remove the soup from the heat and blend it until smooth and thick. Put the lid on the sauce pan and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Garnish the soup with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon crisp and rye bread croutons and serve with a good glass of red wine 🙂

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Ingredients (6 servings)

900 g potatoes, peeled

3 large onions

2 tbsp. butter

4 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

7.5 dl beer

5 dl chicken stock

7.5 dl whole milk

2.5 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & Pepper

 

Garnish

15 bacon slices

1.25 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

2 slices rye bread, cubed