2018 is soon to be history, and 2019 is waiting impatiently to make its entrance. But before we do the countdown for the next year, say our “I love you”s and make promises to ourselves that we may or may not keep, here are some chocolate truffles – easy to make, and perfect on the side of tonight’s champagne.
Happy New Year, People!
Ingredients (makes about 25 truffles)
200 g (7 oz) chocolate
1 dl (0,4 cup) heavy cream
Chopped pistachios, chopped and roasted almonds, coconut, dried raspberries…
Chocolate and heavy cream
Pistachios, almonds, coconut, dried raspberries
How to do it
- Melt the chocolate with the heavy cream.
- Let the mix cool down in a refrigerator.
- When the chocolate has cooled completely down and has a creamy texture, with a couple of spoons, make small “balls” out of the chocolate, and roll them in/ cover them with the topping you’d like. I’ve used chopped pistachios, chopped and roasted almonds, coconut and dried raspberries.
- Store the truffles in a cold place until you serve them.
Best wishes for the new year!
I don´t know why, but somehow Christmas comes as a surprise every year. This year was no exception, so I needed to make some super fast, super easy Christmas cookies. With 3 main ingredients that can easily be mixed with additional/optional ingredients, these cookies are perfect for some last minute baking.
200 g (7 oz) softened butter
100 g (3,5 oz) powdered sugar
400 g (14 oz) plain flour
Cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger, allspice, chopped chocolate, chopped almonds or other nuts, powdered licorice, cocoa, pearl sugar…
How to do it
- Mix together softened butter and powdered sugar. I use a stand mixer, but you can also use your hands.
- Slowly add the plain flour, and mix until you have a smooth dough.
- Divide the dough into separate pieces, and add any preferred optional ingredients. (I first divided the dough into 2 pieces, then mixed in the spices in one of them. Then I divided the 2 doughs into more pieces, and mixed in chopped chocolate, chopped almonds and powdered licorice to the different pieces.)
- Roll out the different pieces until they are about 3-4 cm (1,5 inches) diameter, then place them on a cutting board and cover them with plastic foil.
- Place the rolls in a cool place for 30-45 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 250 ºC/ 480 ºF, and line a baking sheet.
- Cut the rolls into cookie sized pieces (about 1 cm thick), and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake in the middle of the oven until the cookies start to get a golden surface, about 5 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool down on a cooling rack.