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#31 allure

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 07:54 PM

QUOTE(Smooch @ Nov 5 2008, 01:12 PM) View Post

We are making:
- Rum Balls
- Apricot Balls
- Chocolate Truffles
- Rocky Road



Do you have recipes you can share with me?



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Posted 23 November 2008 - 08:43 PM

QUOTE(jantastic @ Nov 23 2008, 08:45 PM) View Post

hey pinkbutt smile.gif

The rum ball recipe is what we make - without the rum essence.
We've always called them truffles, and I've helped mum make them since I was about 4 smile.gif Great fun!

I made them with cointreau instead and they are yumbo bumbo. Its only a little bit so our friends let their kids eat them today and their little 2yo girl said they were YUMMY PARTY BALLS!
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 07:53 PM

I made these last weekend and took them to work on Monday. All 40 shortbread were demolished by the boys in my office within about half an hour. I *think* that means they were ok! laugh.gif

Lemon and Passionfruit Shortbread Stars

Preparation Time 20 minutes
Cooking Time 15 minutes
Makes about 40

Ingredients
225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
265g (1 3/4 cups) plain flour
120g (2/3 cup) rice flour
2 lemons, rind finely grated
80ml (1/3 cup) fresh passionfruit pulp
Pinch of salt
Caster sugar, extra, to dust

Method
Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until pale and creamy. Add the combined flours, lemon rind, passionfruit and salt and process until dough just comes together.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Shape into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
Preheat oven to 190°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm-thick disc. Use a 5cm-diameter star-shaped cutter to cut 40 stars from the dough. Place on the lined trays.

Sprinkle biscuits with extra sugar. Bake in oven, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Set aside on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

*Notes*, You'll need between 3 & 4 Passionfruits to get the right amount of pulp. I also found this recipe made about 45 stars, so no shortage that's for sure!

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 07:21 PM

OK - I'm inspired! biggrin.gif

I reckon I'll make up little boxes (like Rissa did - they looked FAB!!!) with probably the following:

White X-Mas
Gingerbread (trees and/or stars)
Rumballs
Crunchy Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Then possibly the Plum Pudding Christmas Truffles, or white chocolate truffles, or the choc-dipped pretzels.

Does anyone know how long this sort of thing can last for? I was thinking of starting the Monday before Christmas, and do 2 things a day unsure.gif

And what's a good recipe for the icing on top of the gingerbread biscuits?
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 10:02 PM

Oh, and does anyone know where to buy cheap white boxes? biggrin.gif Thanks!
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 08:27 AM

QUOTE(Bridget_A @ Nov 29 2008, 10:02 PM) View Post

Oh, and does anyone know where to buy cheap white boxes? biggrin.gif Thanks!

I just bought a 25 pack of white noodle boxes from a party/packaging shop near me, for $11.00!
(i am in Brissie though) sad.gif

One of my friends and I are having a "Bake Off" on the 13th and/or 14th of December. Our baked goods are going to be our gifts for friends and family this year.

We have narrowed it down to 14 recipes ph34r.gif She seems to think we can get them knocked over in a day - I'm not so sure... unsure.gif

I also have a couple of German sweets recipes here I'd like to try -- but I need someone to translate them first!

Also, I'd love to share pics of these once everyone has done their baking biggrin.gif
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 08:38 AM

Thanks Tania smile.gif I managed to find some on Ebay! biggrin.gif

Your bake off day sounds so fun! I wish I had time to do something like that! tongue.gif rolleyes.gif
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 09:37 PM

QUOTE(Kir @ Nov 1 2008, 02:41 PM) View Post

I was thinking of doing some strawberry and vanilla or raspberry and champagne jam, but I think I'm going to make some white chocolate macaroons from the Donna Hay magazine. I can scan the recipe if anyone wants it...

Here is a recipe for French Almond Macaroons from Taste - I like that recipe as it makes 50!

I'm going to parcel mine up like this, with Christmas paper and sentiments of course:

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QUOTE(allure @ Nov 2 2008, 07:51 AM) View Post

I'm feeling rather inspired by this thread. I have the idea of giving SIL and IL's a pretty box filled with yummy homemade goodies. I'll also add a bag of hudson's coffee beans and coffee syrup. With a baby on the way I hope they will understand the homemade gift hamper.

Here are my picks:

Crunchy Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

INGREDIENTS
2 cups (300g) unsalted macadamias
2 cups (200g) pecans
2 cups (300g) unsalted cashews
2 egg whites, beaten lightly
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 cup (220g) caster sugar

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to very slow (120°C).
2. Lightly beat the egg white in a large bowl with a fork. Add the nuts and stir to coat in egg white.
3. Combine the spices and sugar in large bowl; add the nuts in batches and toss well to coat the nuts in the sugar mixture.
4.Place the nuts in a single layer on oven trays. Bake, uncovered, in a very slow oven for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Rotate the position of the trays halfway through.
5. Turn the oven off and allow to cool in the oven.
6. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Truffles

Makes 20-25

Ingredients
200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup thickened cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Method
Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on medium (50%) for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon, or until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla. Cover. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until firm.
Line a tray with baking paper. Using 2 teaspoons of chocolate mixture at a time, roll into balls.
Sift cocoa into a shallow dish. Roll balls in cocoa to coat. Place on prepared tray. Refrigerate until firm.
Notes & tips
You can make these truffles up to a week ahead. Roll in coatings up to 1 day ahead.
Store truffles in an airtight container in the fridge.

Passionfruit Cordial

Preparation Time 10 - 40 minutes
Cooking Time 10 minutes
Makes 3 cups

Ingredients
225g (1 cup) white sugar
375ml (1 1/2 cups) water
250ml (1 cup) fresh lemon juice
250ml (1 cup) fresh passionfruit pulp

Method
Place the sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Stir in the passionfruit pulp. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool.
Strain the syrup through a fine sieve into a jug, pushing the pulp through with the back of a spoon. Discard seeds. Pour syrup into an airtight bottle and seal. Place in the fridge to chill.

Serving instructions for gift label: Divide ice cubes among serving glasses. Add passionfruit cordial to taste and top with sparkling water or sparkling wine to serve
Notes & tips
You can also save time by using canned passionfruit pulp instead of fresh.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 04:30 PM

Hi girls,

Last Christmas, a friend gave me a little bag full of home made goodies and god they were delicious. Anyway, I recently asked her for the recipes and here they are... Sound pretty easy to make to!

White chocolate and pistachio truffles
Melt 300g of white choc and 1/3 cup cream in a saucepan; stir over low heat until smooth. Refrigerate overnight. Roll the mixture into balls and roll in 3/4 cup pistachio nuts.

White chocolate and almond truffles
Melt 250g of white choc and 1/4 cup cream in a saucepan; stir in 1/2 cup slivered almonds and 1 tbsp of almond liqueur. Refrigerate overnight and then roll mixture into balls. Roll in 250g of melted white choc Melts.

Chocolate and peppermint truffles
Melt 200g milk chocolate and 1/4 cup cream in a small saucepan. Stir in two chopped peppermint crisp bars, refrigerate overnight. Roll the mixture in balls and then roll in 300g of melted milk chocolate.

Apricot and white chocolate truffles
Combine 1 cup of chopped dried apricots and 1 cup of dessicated coconut with 1/3 cup of condensed milk in a bowl; refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll into balls and drizzle with melted white chocolate Melts.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 05:12 PM

QUOTE(allure @ Nov 23 2008, 07:54 PM) View Post

Do you have recipes you can share with me?


Sorry! Just saw this smile.gif

Apricot Balls

Christmas Truffles

Rum Balls

Rocky Road

I cook / bake lots of things from this website. I never mess it up. Their recipes are pretty much perfect smile.gif

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 06:13 PM

How far in advance do you think i could make these??

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 06:30 PM

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Also, I'd love to share pics of these once everyone has done their baking


Great idea!

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE(karry327 @ Dec 1 2008, 04:30 PM) View Post

Hi girls,

Last Christmas, a friend gave me a little bag full of home made goodies and god they were delicious. Anyway, I recently asked her for the recipes and here they are... Sound pretty easy to make to!

White chocolate and pistachio truffles
Melt 300g of white choc and 1/3 cup cream in a saucepan; stir over low heat until smooth. Refrigerate overnight. Roll the mixture into balls and roll in 3/4 cup pistachio nuts.

White chocolate and almond truffles
Melt 250g of white choc and 1/4 cup cream in a saucepan; stir in 1/2 cup slivered almonds and 1 tbsp of almond liqueur. Refrigerate overnight and then roll mixture into balls. Roll in 250g of melted white choc Melts.

Chocolate and peppermint truffles
Melt 200g milk chocolate and 1/4 cup cream in a small saucepan. Stir in two chopped peppermint crisp bars, refrigerate overnight. Roll the mixture in balls and then roll in 300g of melted milk chocolate.

Apricot and white chocolate truffles
Combine 1 cup of chopped dried apricots and 1 cup of dessicated coconut with 1/3 cup of condensed milk in a bowl; refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll into balls and drizzle with melted white chocolate Melts.

Thanks so much for these recipes! I have turned my house upside down looking for my recipe mag from last year, which I bought specifically for all of these truffles!
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 08:00 PM

Thanks for those links Smooch. I've been looking for a good one for apricot balls and those ones look great!

I've used that site for cupcakes too and they were delish!
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 08:04 AM

OMG!!! They are making my rum balls on playschool! Although obviously no rum wink.gif
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