Many Christmases ago we had a bit of a homemade theme, and I made chocolate truffles and shortbread, and these, choc-dipped ‘boozy fruits’ and marzipan. I’ve never bothered with the massive effort of the truffles again, but these have become a Christmas tradition, always appreciated and a nice change from all the regular chocolates that are about at this time of year.
I’ve given some instructions here, but a lot of it is a matter of choice: take your pick of fruits (and if you come up with any good ones I’ve not mentioned, let me know!) and combine with whatever alcohol you like – this is an excellent way of using up the tail end of a bottle (hic!).
My recent batch was:
- 12 dried apricots soaked in honey-whiskey liqueur, a new favourite!
- 12 dried plums (in case the word ‘prunes’ puts anyone off – they are lovely!) in cherry brandy
- a pack of dried mango slices soaked in vodka
- half a pack of marzipan, rolled and cut into stars
All of the above half-dipped in melted Cadbury’s Dairy Milk – I do suggest using a nice chocolate you enjoy eating, it’s very noticable.
All that’s left after that is to present them in a nice box, and enjoy a few bits when the thought of another Quality Street is just a bit much 😉