Friday, 14 December 2012
...this month, two of my most favourite blogging challenges seem to have aligned neatly in a glittery cloud of christmas fabulousness... for the uninitiated the we should cocoa challenge asks participants, as the name suggests, to use chocolate in something you cook... the host then picks a theme that must be included... over the years Choclette from the Chocolate Log Blog and Chele from the Chocolate Teapot have both come up with some interesting themes, some delightful like cherry or mint... others a little tricker such as chilli or my favourite savoury...
... the tea time treats challenge is just as fun and thankfully not quite as evil... our hosts Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Baked ask us to whip up something suitably tea time with a different theme each month ranging from the simple seasonal easter to the more detailed picnic pies and tarts... both challenges are a joy to take part in... they make you think about what you're cooking and occassionaly take you out of your kitchen comfort zone which I think is always a good thing... it's also lovely to be part of a community within the blogging world where you can see us all coming together with one common goal... and see so many different results... this months themes are cinnamon from we should cocoa and chocolate from tea time treats...
... there are plenty of other excellent challenges around too and you can check them out on the brilliant Food Blog Diary each month... join in... you never know where the journey may take you...
chocolate dipped cinnamon balls
now I know I made these last year but I simply could resist making them again as they really do make the most fabulous little Christmas gifts... i've obviously given them a dip in a warm bath of chocolate but I think these have only added to their glory...
2 egg whites
175g caster sugar
250g ground almonds
1 level tablespoon cinnamon
- in a large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, then gently fold in all the other ingredients until a soft dough is formed
- wet your hands and roll the dough into walnut-sized balls placing each one onto a baking sheet as you go
- bake in the over on 160C for 25 mins or until they begin to firm and cracks start to appear
- roll in icing sugar whilst still warm
- melt some good quality dark chocolate and once the balls are cooled, dip each one half-way in the melted chocolate... really couldn't be simpler...
eat and of course, enjoy!