Chocolate, Christmas, Gifting, Recipes, Sweet Treats

Preparation 10 MINS + 1 hour cooling

Cook 12

Serves 30 balls

Method

In slow 160 degree oven roast almonds on small tray for approx 10 min. Leave to cool then dice.

Roughly chop dates & apricots fairly fine. Place in small saucepan add water and heat on a low temperature till starting to soften.

Take off heat and stir in bi-carb till it starts to foam. Then set aside to cool.

Place biscuits in food processor and blitz to form fine bread crumbs. Add all the ingredients (except chocolate) and mix together, saving 10g of diced almonds to garnish.

Place in refrigerator for 1/2hr to cool and firm.

Melt Chocolate in a narrow deep jug for 1 minute in microwave, then 10-20sec intervals until fully melted.

Roll small balls of mixture and dip into melted chocolate. Use a fork to remove out of chocolate and tap excess off.

Place on tray covered in baking paper, garnish with almonds and refrigerate until set.

Ingredients

500g Milk Chocolate

150g Angas Park Dates

1/2 cup water

1/4 Tsp bi-carb Soda

200 gm Digestive Biscuits

20gm Angas Park Apricots, diced

45gm Sunbeam Natural Almonds

1 Tsp cinnamon

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Sunbeam Fathers Day Nut Mix

Preheat oven to 160°C

Line a large rimmed tray with baking paper so the maple syrup doesn’t get stuck to the pan.

Pour the Sunbeam natural almonds, raw cashews and pepitas onto the tray and set it aside.

In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, melted butter, salt, rosemary, and cayenne. Stir till blended.

Pour the mixture over the nuts on the prepared baking sheet. Stir well, until all of the nuts are lightly coated. Then spread the mixture in a single layer across the tray.

Bake in oven, stirring after the first 10 minutes and then every 5 minutes thereafter, until almost no maple syrup remains on the parchment paper and the nuts are golden, approx 20 minutes. 

Remove tray from the oven and stir the nuts one more time, spreading them into an even layer & let them cool. Once cool store in a airtight jar and gift to dad on Fathers Day!

Apple, Pear & Sunmuscat Filo Tart

Preheat oven to 200ºC (fan forced 180ºC).  Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Combine all nuts, sunmuscats, breadcrumbs and cinnamon, toss to combine then drizzle over the maple syrup and mix well.  Reserve 1/3 cup of this mixture.

Lay 1 sheet of filo onto prepared tray.  Brush evenly with melted butter, sprinkle over ¼ of the nut mixture.  Brush a second sheet with butter and arrange on top, repeat with another ¼ of the nut mixture.  Repeat twice more, so you have 4 layers of brushed filo and nut mixture, then brush remaining filo sheet with butter and place on top. 

Arrange apple and pear slices on top, brush with remaining butter then sprinkle over reserved nut mixture and coconut sugar.

Bake for 25-30 mins until pastry is golden.  Cut into slices and serve with rocket.

Bunny Garden Platter

Start by placing french dip and small bowl and both cheese on the platter in a zig zag.

Pull apart cos heats into individual leaves and cut carrots into halves.

Arrange the ingredients on the platter around the cheeses.

Garnich brie with fresh honeycomb onto it when serving.

Pumpkin Feta Scones

Pre-heat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).

  1.  Place flour, allspice and butter in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it resembles fresh breadcrumbs. Remove to a bowl and fold in feta and currants.
  2. Fork whisk together the pumpkin and milk. Add to flour mixture and combine until mixture just comes together. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and bring together, knead lightly and press out to a 2cm thickness.
  3. Using a floured 6cm scone cutter cut out scones, placing them onto a lightly floured oven tray. Brush lightly with milk and sprinkle with almonds. Bake for approx. 15 minutes until golden on the base. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve with a spread of butter.

Christmas Lava Puddings

Preheat oven to 150ºC (140ºC fan). Lightly grease 8 holes of two Texas (jumbo) muffin tins.

  1. Combine all ingredients (except white chocolate) in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Spoon half the mixture into the tins. Push two pieces of white chocolate into the centre of the mixture then divide the remaining mixture between each tin.
  3. Bake for 20-22 mins until cooked on the outside but soft and gooey on the inside.
  4. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries, if using.If not serving immediately, refrigerate and microwave for 60 seconds immediately before serving.

Asparagus with Proscuttio, Parmesan & Pine Nuts

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Place the asparagus in a single layer on a baking tray. Do not overcrowd. Drizzle with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Toss around to evenly coat.

Top the asparagus with prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the prosciutto is crisp and asparagus tender.

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