These chocolate truffes are special, different. They are not so melty and creamy. The taste is chocolate and very nutty. They don’t need refrigeration and won’t weight on your stomach. You could enjoy a ton of them… Oh, that’s not the goal.
Roast sesame seeds, mill them into butter, add pure cocoa as much of possible.
Then wet with a little brandy. Form truffles, wet again with brandy, let them absorb it, roll in cocoa. Sugar is optional.
I prefer making them small and presenting them by pair.
You probably think I’m big fan of Christmas. Actually, I couldn’t care less, it’s only the bottom of the year, the time with the shortest days. What I really like is there are so many Christmas food, particularly sweets, from so many places.
It’s fun to try to make them.
It’s calissons in case you didn’t recognize.
This is the typical souvenir tourists buy in Aix-en-Provence. You don’t need to go there and to be a tourist to enjoy them. There are available everywhere in France. Not so much… well, not at all here.
They are made of almond, melon (could be orange, apricot), orange blossom water.
The commercial ones are more perfect (not hand-made) and last more. They are supported by a sheet of azim bread. The top is royal icing.
This is a simplified home-made version.
Candied melon (sweet dry melon).
Pasted with skinned raw almonds. Added a little bitter almond essence and orange blossom water.
I am not really sure what a “florentine” or a “florentine cookie” means. I know what we call florentins in France. They are sweets like these :
The base is almond and orange peel. As the almonds and citrus produced or sold in Florence (Firenze) were very famous.
(more about *florentins* soon)
I have kept my florentin recipe and replaced almonds by oats to fit the challenge.
Cane sugar, honey… candied orange peel, oats.
With white or without chocolate coating.
Panna cotta is not my favorite dessert, but if it is flavored and made with good cream (=creme fraiche or sour cream), it can be good. I’ve used 1/3 of raw sour cream and Grand Marnier orange liquor instead of milk.