It's Christmas Eve, so this will be the last festive recipe I'll share with you this year. Not the last recipe for 2014, but certainly the last one with "festive fruit" .
Oh, I have more - chocolate brownies with festive fruit, cheesecake with festive fruit and shortbread with festive fruit. (Can you tell that I over-stocked on glacé cherries and candied peel??).
The combination of rich dark chocolate, gooey cherries and crunchy nuts is definitely more-ish.
But, by now - I must admit - I'm over it! Thank goodness Christmas only comes once a year ; )
Anyway, in case you're looking for something to serve this evening or tomorrow, here's the recipe…
Festive Fruit Cupcakes
Recipe by Tea, Cake and Create
Preheat oven to 180'C
Line 2x muffin pans with cupcake cases (makes 24)
400g dark chocolate discs or dark chocolate cut into small pieces
6 eggs separated
80g + 1 tbs caster sugar
80 g cherry jam / preserve
150g ground almonds
50g cake flour
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or on low power in the microwave.
Allow to cool slightly.
Sift the dry ingredients together - flour, cocoa and ground almonds.
Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in 1tbs caster sugar, then whip until stiff.
In a separate bowl, whip the egg yolks and remaining caster sugar together.
With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour in the melted chocolate/ butter, then the cherry preserve. Mix well.
Add the dry ingredients - mix until just incorporated.
Fold one spoon of the egg whites into the batter, then gently fold in the rest.
Continue folding the batter until the whites are no longer visible.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake cases.
Bake at 180'C for 20min or until a skewer inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached.
Remove from the oven to cool slightly, then remove the cupcakes from the muffin pan.
300g dark chocolate discs
150g whipping cream
Place both ingredients into a heat proof bowl and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
Allow the ganache to cool slightly - but not set; then pour over the cupcakes.
Festive Fruit Topping
100g mixed candied peel
160g glacé cherries - roughly chopped
80g white chocolate - roughly chopped
80g shaved almonds - toasted
Place a spoonful of the topping onto each ganache'd cupcake.
(Omit the festive fruit and you could serve them any day of the year you please!)
Have a very very deliciously merry Christmas!