White Chocolate, Chili and Liquorice Truffles

Truffles is one of my favorite christmas treats and I make them in several different variations each year.

This version is with home grown dried chilies from my parents garden and the chocolate is of cause Amedei Toscano White which is my favorite chocolate brand and never use anything else. It is bit more expensive than other chocolate brands but I promise that it all worth it!! Having guest over, they alway get an extra big smile on their lips when I bring a small bowl of these delicious and creamy chocolate chip to the table. If you ever get the change to taste it, I will highly recommend that you use the extra few $ and buy this brand instead of your usual choice.

 

Ingredients (40 truffles)

10 oz. white chocolate chips (I prefer Amedei)

4 oz. heavy cream

1 large orange, zest

1-2 tsp. dried chili flakes

2 tbsp. liquorice powder

 

Melt the chocolate in a heat prof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove form heat when chocolate is melted.

Add orange zest and cream to a frying pan and bring to a boil. Pour 1/3 of the hot cream into the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Add the remaining cream and chili flakes and stir until evenly combined.

Leave the truffle mixture to cool in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours or preferably over night.

Use a teaspoon to make 30 small pieces (1/2 oz. each) and use your hands to roll it into balls. Fridge again.

Place the liquorice powder in a small bowl and remove the truffles from the fridge just before serving. Toss gently in liquorice powder and serve 🙂

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Ingredients (30 truffles)

280 g white chocolate chips (I prefer Amedei)

113 g heavy cream

1 large orange, zest

1-2 tsp. dried chili flakes

2 tbsp. liquorice powder

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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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

Sea Salt Caramel Truffles

Every year around christmas time I crave for truffles – who doesn’t?? And as my cooking skills have developed a lot within the last one-two years, I decided to advance from simple chocolate truffles to something a bit more advanced (of cause I will still be making chocolate truffle).
Looking for some cooking tools at Williams-Sonoma’s home page I stumbled upon this sea salt caramel truffle recipe and rushed to the nearest super market to by sea salt 🙂

I’ve made caramels many times before and find it relatively easy as long as I have the appropriate tool (a candy thermometer!!!), but it is quite time consuming so if you consider to try it – what a silly question, I know that you consider trying it 😉 – do it on a day where you have other duties to do at home, so that you can combine things (make the caramel mixture, do the laundry, roll the caramels, prepare dinner, cover caramels with chocolate, serve dinner, eat caramels with evening coffee 🙂 ).

I had a cookie jar with christmas cookies (vanilla wreath cookies, gingerbread cookies and Jewish cookies) and these lovely truffles with me to the office this morning, and OMG i was popular 🙂

 

Ingredients (70 caramels)

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 stick butter

1 cup heavy cream

2 tbsp. sea salt, for sprinkling

10 oz. dark quality chocolate (70%), I prefer Amedei Toscano Black

 

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. Sea Salt Caramels 2_Fotor_Collage

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. Sea Salt Caramels 3_Fotor_Collage

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.
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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 salt 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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Ingredients (70 caramels)

2.5 dl sugar

2.5 dl light corn syrup

113 g butter

2.5 dl heavy cream

2 tbsp. sea salt, for sprinkling

285 g dark quality chocolate (70%), I prefer Amedei Toscano Black

What to do on a rainy day macaroons

This summer has, contrary to the last 4-5 summers, been sunny and warm but today it has been cold and rainy. So what to do on a rainy summer day??

Well, I decided to bake some macaroons and ask out Facebook followers what they would like as filling. There were so many delicious suggestions and it was not easy to decide on one – so I decided on four different fillings 🙂 So I should probably say thanks to Martin, Kirsten, Kis and Pernille for their great suggestions 🙂

When making this macaroon recipe you will need a few basic tools:

A digital thermometer

An electric mixer

A rubber spatula

A pastry bag and

A 1/2-inch plain round tip

Without these, I doubt that you will succeed (but that shouldn’t keep you from trying if you have the drive) 🙂

 

Ingredients (60 macaroons)

1 1/8 cup almonds, blanched

1 3/5 cup confectioners sugar

7/8 cup granulated sugar

2 x 2 egg whites

1/3 cup water

 

Blend the almonds into fine almond flour in a hand blender or food processor. Then add confections sugar and blend again for at least 20-30 seconds. Shift into a mixing bowl. If there are anything left in the strainer, blend it further and shift again.

Take half of the egg whites and mix them into the blended almonds. mix until well combined and even.

In another bowl whisk the other half of the egg whites until they make soft peaks. Find a saucepan and add granulated sugar and water. Heat until the syrup reaches 230F, stir once in a while (use a digital thermometer). Pour the heated syrup slowly into the egg whites while whisking on medium-low speed. Be careful not to get burned on the sugar – it hurts like hell! When all the syrup has been added, turn up the volume of you mixer and whisk until the meringue has reached room temperature. It take about 10 minutes.

When your meringue has reached room temperature, add half to the almond mixture and mix well until combined. Then add the rest of the meringue and fold around – do not whisk, as this will ruin the batter! Fold until the batter is evenly combined and smooth.

Now it gets a bit tricky – the texture of the batter needs to soft, but not to soft. It still needs to keep the round shape when added to the baking paper, but it should be soft enough to prevent the macaroons from getting small tops. Did that make sense?

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, and pipe 3/4-inch rounds 1 inch apart on a baking tray with baking paper.  Turn the baking tray into the table top 8-10 times, to remove air bubbles from the macaroons.

Let the macaroons dry at room temperature for an hour. Bake at 300F for 13-14 minutes. Transfer the baking paper with the baked macaroons to a wire rack and let cool completely before filling or storing them.

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Below there are 4 different fillings for your macaroons. Each filling recipe is for 20 macaroons.

 

Caramel:

1/2 cup sea salt caramel

 

Place the caramel in a piping bag and warm it with your hands until it is soft enough to be squeezed out onto the macaroons.

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Coffee Liqueur Ganache:

1/2 cup Amedei Toscano White (or another good quality white chocolate)

1/8 cup cream

1/8 cup coffee liqueur

 

Place all three ingredients in a he alt proof blow and place over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and combined. Transfer to a piping bag and fridge until cooled completely. If the ganache get at bit to cold, you can warm it in your hands until it is soft enough to squeeze onto the macaroons.

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Rum ganache:

1/2 cup Amedei Toscano Black (63%)

1/4 cup cream

4 tbsp. good quality rum

 

Place all three ingredients in a he alt proof blow and place over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and combined. Transfer to a piping bag and fridge until cooled completely. If the ganache get at bit to cold, you can warm it in your hands until it is soft enough to squeeze onto the macaroons.

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Black Currant and Liquerice Ganache:

1/2 cup Amedei Toscano White (or another good quality white chocolate)

1/4 cup cream

2 tbsp. freeze dried black currant powder

1/2 tsp. raw liquorice powder

 

Place all chocolate, cream and freeze dried powder in a he alt proof blow and place over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and combined. Transfer to a piping bag and fridge until cooled completely. If the ganache get at bit to cold, you can warm it in your hands until it is soft enough to squeeze onto the macaroons. Sprinkle the raw licorice powder on top of the ganache before putting on the top macaroon.

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Ingredients (60 macaroons)

200 gram almonds, blanched

200 gram confectioners sugar

200 gram granulated sugar

2 x 80 gram egg whites

0.8 dl water

 

Caramel:

4 tbsp. sea salt caramel

 

Coffee Liqueur Ganache:

80 g Amedei Toscano White (or another good quality white chocolate)

20 g cream

20 g coffee liqueur

 

Rum ganache:

80 g Amedei Toscano Black (63%)

30 g cream

4 tbsp. good quality rum

 

Black Currant and Liquerice Ganache:

80 g Amedei Toscano White (or another good quality white chocolate)

30 g cream

2 tbsp. freeze dried black currant powder

1/2 tsp. raw liquorice powder

 

Surprising Easter Eggs

These easter eggs are sooooo delicious – you should definitely try them 😀

When we refer to almond nougat below, we don’t mean the soft nougat with nuts, but the kind made from almonds, cane sugar and cocoa butter (the picture below).

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Ingredients (20 eggs)

4/5 cup almond nougat

30 almonds

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 orange, zest

3/4 cup dark quality chocolate

 

 

Place the almonds and sugar in a frying pan and heat until sugar is melted. Stir to combined the almonds with the melted sugar. Transfer the brittle to a sheet of baking paper and let cool completely. Chop the brittle when cooled.

Knead the 2/3 of the brittle and the zest from 1 orange into the almond nougat. Form to a ball and fridge for 10-15 minutes. Divide the nougat ball into 20 equally sized pieces and form to eggs. Fridge again for 10-15 minutes, while tempering the chocolate.

Cover the eggs with tempered chocolate and decorate with the remaining brittle 🙂

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Ingredients (20 eggs)

200 g almond nougat

30 almonds

0.6 dl granulated sugar

1 orange, zest

100 g dark quality chocolate

 

Cognac and Orange Dream Easter Eggs

Yesterday we made an entry on liquorice fudge easter eggs and earlier today it was easter eggs with lemon. Both belong to the more untraditional easter egg combinations but very delicious and we really recommend that you try them 🙂

These easter eggs with cognac are more traditional but with a twist of orange – and I must admit, that I believe that this is the perfect combination and will definitely make them again for christmas 🙂

We have used a good quality cognac from Cadenhead’s which is known to be the oldest independent bottler of spirits. If you are interested in whisky, rum or cognac, you should really give your self the pleasure to taste some of there products – but be careful, once tasted, you’ll never go back to cheap spirits again 😀

Ingredients (20 eggs)

4/5 cup marzipan

2 oranges, zest

3-4 tbsp. quality cognac

1/4 cup walnuts, roasted

2/3 cup dark quality chocolate (70%)

 

Place the marzipan in a bowl and whisk until it gets soft. Add 3/4 of the orange zest and 1 tbsp. cognac at a time. Whisk between each tbsp. cognac.

Chop the roasted walnut and mix into the marzipan.

Form the marzipan to a ball and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

When cold, divide the marzipan into 20 equally sized pieces and from to small eggs (approximately 1 tsp. each). Refrigerate again while preparing the chocolate.

Chop the chocolate, melt and temper it, in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Cover the eggs with melted and tempered chocolate and decorate with the remaining orange zest 🙂

Serve with a good cup of coffee, or wrap it in zellophan and bring it as a hostess gift if you are going out 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (20 eggs)

200 g marzipan

2 oranges, zest

3-4 tbsp. quality cognac

0.6 dl walnuts, roasted

100 g dark quality chocolate (70%)

 

Easter Eggs with a touch of Lemon

Today it is Maundy Thursday – in Denmark this means that we have a holiday. Are you having a holiday in your country too?

Well, we have decided not to do anything, except from relaxing and enjoying each other, for the next few days. As we are staying in, and haven’d invited anyone over, the entire easter egg production is for our selves (except from those who were given away yesterday as a colleague retired and a former fellow-student graduated with a Master degree in Public Health – congratulation once again Louise, you deserved that grate) 😀

To get back to the easter egg production, we have made 5 different varieties which will all be coming on to blog in the following days. If you are curious, we can reveal, that we have made a variation with liquorice and white chocolate fudge – one with almond nougat, orange zest and almond brittle – one with marzipan, cognac, orange zest and roasted walnuts – and one with marzipan and freeze dried raspberries.

The recipe for this delicious lemon variation is, once again, stolen directly from Maja who makes the most wonderful chocolate recipes. One could wonder why she can keep that body shape with all that delicious chocolate she makes (she even has a chocolate fridge)! Check out her amazing blog – also if you don’t understand Danish. If you find something you want to try, we will happily translate the recipe for you 😀

 

Ingredients (20 eggs)

4/5 cup marzipan

1 organic lemon, zest and juice

2/3 cup white quality chocolate

1 tsp. freeze dried raspberries (for decoration)

 

Place the marzipan in a bowl and whisk until it gets soft. Add 1/2 of the lemon zest and juice, whisk again and taste. If think it needs more lemon, add the remaining zest and juice. Whisk until combined.

Form the marzipan to a ball and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

When cold, divide the marzipan into 20 equally sized pieces and from to small eggs (approximately 1 tsp. each). Refrigerate again while preparing the chocolate.

Chop the white chocolate, melt and temper it, in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Cover the easter eggs with the tempered chocolate and decorate with freeze dried raspberries 🙂

Serve as a petit four for your easter guest together with at good cup of coffee, or wrap them in zellophan and use it as a hostess gift if you are going out.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (20 eggs)

200 g marzipan

1 organic lemon, zest and juice

100 g white quality chocolate

1 tsp. freeze dried raspberries (for decoration)

 

Liquorice Easter Eggs

How are you going to spent the easter days? We are for once not going to do anything, and we look forward to it 😀

Doing nothing also means, that we’re not going to spent hours experimenting with new recipes – so we have done this beforehand 😀

The recipe for these very very delicious and creamy fudge easter eggs are not our own, but once again it comes from our favorite chocolate blog. For those of you Danes who read our blog, you might have seen the recipe on last weeks postal cover, where Maja gave a few easter eggs recipes.

If you love liquorice, white chocolate and fudge, these easter eggs are perfect for a good cup of coffee.

 

Ingredients (20 eggs)

1 1/4 cup white quality chocolate

1 tbsp. butter

1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. cream

2 tbsp. corn syrup

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp. raw liquorice powder

1 tsp. freeze dried passion fruit (for decoration)

 

Chop 1/2 of the white chocolate and place it in a heat proof bowl.

Combine, sugar, corn syrup, cream and liquorice powder in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the mass reaches a temperature of 235F. Stir occasionally to avoid that it burns.

Pour the boiling sugar mass over the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted an the the fudge evenly combined.

Pour the mixture into a mold lined with baking paper and put it in the fridge overnight.

Cut the fudge into 20 equally sized pieces and form to small eggs. Fridge while preparing the chocolate.

Melt and temper the chocolate. Cover the eggs with the melted chocolate and decorate with freeze dried passion fruit.

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Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredients (20 eggs)

80 + 100 g white quality chocolate

1 tbsp. butter

0.9 dl cream

2 tbsp. corn syrup

190 g granulated sugar

1 tbsp. raw liquorice powder

1 tsp. freeze dried passion fruit (for decoration)

 

Raspberry Macaroons

yesterday I made an entry on how to make french macaroons. As I had to go our for dinner with my husband, I didn’t have time to make any filling and thereby finish the macaroons.

As I wrote yesterday, you can store the baked non-filled macaroons in an airtight container, and only fill the once you are going to serve now. Then you might think ‘why not just make the amount needed?’ – Well, for me it has to do with health related problems (I make large portions on a good day, so I can still serve delicious home made petit fours on less good days), but also because it is easier to work with this amount of cooked sugar. If you reduce the recipe, you might discover how easy the sugar gets burned trying to reach the right temperature, so be careful.

The measures for the filling are for all 60 macaroons, so remember to downsize the portion, if you are not serving all 60 macaroons 😉 If you choose to make all 60 at one time, they can be refrigerated for up to one week and still have the same crispy surface and a chewy centre.

 

Ingredients (60 macaroons)

200 gram almonds, blanched

200 gram confectioners sugar

200 gram granulated sugar

2 x 80 gram egg whites

80 ml water

1/2 tsp. freeze dried raspberries

 

Ganache

100 gram good white chocolate (I have used Amedei Toscano White)

50 ml cream

75 gram raspberries, frozen

 

Blend the almonds into fine almond flour in a hand blender or food processor. Then add confections sugar and blend again for at least 20-30 seconds. Shift into a mixing bowl. If there are anything left in the strainer, blend it further and shift again.

Take half of the egg whites and mix them into the blended almonds. mix until well combined and even.

In another bowl whisk the other half of the egg whites until they make soft peaks. Find a saucepan and add granulated sugar and water. Heat until the syrup reaches 230F, stir once in a while (use a digital thermometer). Pour the heated syrup slowly into the egg whites while whisking on medium-low speed. Be careful not to get burned on the sugar – it hurts like hell! When all the syrup has been added, turn up the volume of you mixer and whisk until the meringue has reached room temperature. It take about 10 minutes.

When your meringue has reached room temperature, add half to the almond mixture and mix well until combined. Then add the rest of the meringue and fold around – do not whisk, as this will ruin the batter! Fold until the batter is evenly combined and smooth.

Now it gets a bit tricky – the texture of the batter needs to soft, but not to soft. It still needs to keep the round shape when added to the baking paper, but it should be soft enough to prevent the macaroons from getting small tops. Did that make sense?

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, and pipe 3/4-inch rounds 1 inch apart on a baking tray with baking paper.  Turn the baking tray into the table top 8-10 times, to remove air bubbles from the macaroons.

Let the macaroons dry at room temperature for an hour. Bake at 300F for 13 minutes. Transfer the baking paper with the baked macaroons to a wire rack and let cool completely before filling or storing them.

 

Ganache

Chop the white chocolate finely and add to a heat proof bowl. In a saucepan mix together frozen raspberries and cream. Heat slowly until the raspberries are thawed, then turn up the heat until the cream begins to bubble. Whisk to release the raspberry juice into the cream. When the cream has a beautiful and even color, pour through a strainer over the chopped white chocolate.

Let rest for about 30 seconds before stirring to combine the raspberry cream and the chocolate into a creamy ganache. Set a side for 5-10 minutes or until the ganache has thickened. Fill the ganache in a pastry bag and fill one half of the macaroon and top with the other half.

Sprinkle the top of the macaroons with freeze dried raspberry and fridge for at least 20-30 minutes before serving. This way the ganache will thicken a bit more and give the macaroon a lovely consistency 🙂

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Bon Appétit!