Handmade artisan chocolates are always in season

The other day I was invited to a birthday party, so I went shopping in search of a meaningful present. I love giving gifts, but in this case the lovely birthday girl has more or less everything she wants already. Her house is clutter free and she is pretty selective when it comes to food and drink so no random gifts would do.

I spent a day intently searching the shops for a perfect present, and just when I was running out of steam a moment of genius struck me.

Suddenly I remembered a long conversation we had once had about her love affair with chocolate. Everyone likes chocolate, but my friend really loves it. She had talked passionately about how chocolate was a dark seducer, long thought to be an aphrodisiac. She told me how the Aztecs and Mayans, believed chocolate transmitted knowledge and power to those who consumed it. And She told me about mounting evidence showing health benefits to eating it in moderation. We talked about how a piece of good dark chocolate can help prevent heart disease and cancer and improve mood by boosting serotonin. She even said that it’s an effective diet food, claiming that a chunk of chocolate before meals diminishes your appetite!

Fuelled by her passion for chocolate and my passion for giving great gifts, I headed to the kitchen. My friend likes delicious yet healthy chocolates which are enriched with a hint of flavour, so with just 200g of dark chocolate and a few other ingredients I whipped up a basket of sumptuous, beautiful, fresh handmade chocolate goodies.

Delicious treats like Cardamom Chocolate Discs with Cranberries and Pistachio, Chocolate Discs with Crystallized Ginger & Almond Flakes, Mint Chocolate Discs with Pistachio and a whole host of other magnificent indulgences were sure to make a perfect gift for a girl who has a love affair with good reason.

Beautifully boxed chocolates, handmade with love are the perfect luxury gift for anyone in fact. Remember: flowers and champagne may set the stage, but it’s handmade artisan chocolates that steal the show.

I love these little chocolates. They can be served as dessert canapés or with a cup of coffee at the end of a meal. They are kind to the waistline and with just a few ingredients. To make them into a lovely gift, arrange a few in a pretty little box tied with ribbon.

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Cardamom Chocolate Discs with Cranberries and Pistachio
These elegant little chocolates are versatile. You can vary their flavour and the toppings. They also keep well in the freezer for up to 1 month if stored in an air tight container. When ready to use, leave the chocolate discs to defrost at cool room temperature for 1-2 hours.
The Perfect Luxury Gift
Course Dessert
Passive Time 2-3 hours
Servings
Chocolate Discs
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Passive Time 2-3 hours
Servings
Chocolate Discs
Ingredients
The Perfect Luxury Gift
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolates, cream and crushed cardamom seeds in a small bowl set over a pan of hot water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Meanwhile line a large tray with waxed paper.
  3. Carefully drop teaspoonfuls of the melted chocolate on the tray, making sure that you leave a gap of 2 cm (1/2 in) between the discs as they will spread out slightly.
  4. While the chocolate is still liquid, top with a couple of cranberries and a sprinkle of pistachio.
  5. Refrigerate the chocolates for 2-3 hours or until they set firm before lifting off the paper.
Recipe Notes

Variations

For Mint Chocolate Discs with Pistachio or Chocolate Discs with Crystallized Ginger & Almond Flakes see pages 177-178 in How to Entertain Beautifully.

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Enjoy,

Mahin

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