Thursday, 3 November 2016

Vegan, Gluten Free & Nut Safe Gingerbread Chocolate Truffles! Put 'em in your mouth and suck 'em!

Hello and good day to you all my chirpy chipmunks!

Late autumn for me is about my warm slippers and a hot cup of tea in front of my favourite TV programmes cuddled up to my kids on the sofa.  But it's nearly Bonfire Night, a time for fireworks and crackling bonfires.

The smell of burning leaves and shouts of "penny for the Guy" will no doubt be rippling through the streets near you over the next few days.  There will be plenty of booms and bangs and colourful flashes in the skies and people will be taking to the streets to celebrate.

But what do you eat on Guy Fawkes night?

My childhood memories are full of toffee apples, baked potatoes and hot-dogs with mustard.

 Bonfire night in Scotland is always cold and more often than not there is that horrid perma-drizzle "you know that rain that soaks you"(?!) as my mother always says (because any other type of rain isn't wet mum!?) so we're always well wrapped up and in need something warm and comforting to eat.

As much as kids (and big kids) love their toffee apples, I need something a bit more grown up, decadent and dirty but still something that is warming, comforting and wholly appropriate for a autumn/winter festival.

So I've found something that totally fits the bill.  It's a Truffle Jim, but not as we know it!

The original recipe is full of dairy and gluten but I've sprinkled my Carefree magic and turned it into something that is still utterly awesome but is vegan friendly, gluten-free and nut safe.

If you are having a party you need these on your table or in your picnic hamper....

Please let me introduce you to my Gingerbread Chocolate Truffles!


Ingredients

200 mls vegan double cream (see here for recipe)
300 grams of Kinnerton Just Chocolate or Plamil Nut-Safe Chocolate
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
150 grams of vegan, gluten-free and nut-safe digestive biscuits (I used Tesco Free From Digestives)
1 tablespoon of ginger


Method

Break the chocolate into small chunks and place in a bowl over a pot of slightly simmering water. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the simmering water.
Allow the chocolate to gently melt stirring very occasionally but don't over-stir.
Once the chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool very slightly (even five minutes will do).
Add in your vegan cream and stir will.
Add 1 tablespoon of the ginger and the tablespoon of cinnamon and stir well until all ingredients are very familiar.
Put the bowl in the fridge and chill for at least three hours until cold and firm.
In a food processor blitz the digestive biscuits with the other tablespoon of ginger.
Take the bowl out of the fridge and using a teaspoon or melon scoop, scoop out small balls of the cold firm mixture and mould into little balls of heaven.
Roll the truffles in the golden ginger tinted biscuit crumbs and place on a tray, a place or even in your mouth!

Share and enjoy!!

If you wanted to be really naughty you could add a couple of tablespoons of your favourite tipple rather than adding in the spices to the chocolate but obviously making sure the kids don't get anywhere near them.

These little truffles really burst with flavour and are absolutely perfect for bonfire night sharing.  The adults will love these but they may be too dark and rich for the kiddies (oh shame, I hear you say).

Well, there you have it.  Whatever you do this year for Bonfire Night, be safe, be warm and be happy!

Lots of Love,
Lxx




 

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