Choc coffee flavoured liqueur

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My husband and I met and bonded over White Russians. We drank them daily in the throws of our courtship, whilst travelling around Asia. Oh my that does sound romantic 😉 Nine years, two kids and a dairy intolerance later, and unsurprisingly not many White Russians have been consumed! As a Christmas treat I made this coffee liqueur and we drank it with goats milk, tasted like an adult milkshake – divine.

Ingredients (for 750ml):
350ml vodka
500ml cold water
250g dark muscovado sugar
70g instant coffee
35g cocoa
2 tbsp vanilla extract

Method:
– bring the water and sugar to the boil, stir in the cocoa and coffee, reduce the heat and simmer gently for ten mins

– remove from the heat and allow to cool down

– stir in the vodka and vanilla and mix well with a small whisk

– pour into a sterilised bottle and store somewhere warm for a few weeks for the flavours to develop

– serve as is over ice or with full fat milk or cream for a delish boozy chocolatey coffee flavoured milkshake

 

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Rum Truffles

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With Christmas around the corner I’ve been thinking of ways to ensure we don’t go without sweet treats, but don’t fall off the sugar wagon. I’ve been creating truffles this week, and have to say they are not bad at all! Super easy to make, and about as primal as you’re gonna get for this sort of thing.

Ingredients (for 24):
150g pecan nuts
75g unsweetened desiccated coconut
75g dates
40g cocoa
50ml dark rum
50ml coconut oil
50ml freshly brewed espresso
1-2 tbsp good honey (optional, to taste)
Tbsp good vanilla extract
25g each of cocoa & coconut for rolling

Method:
– either whiz everything together in a powerful blender until a dough forms, or chop the pecans and dates real tiny and mix with the other ingredients by hand until a dough forms

– lay out a large sheet of cling film and tip your mixture onto it.

– pack into a tightly rolled sausage shape and twist the ends, then refrigerate for at least an hour

– unroll the sausage and slice into 24 pieces

– mix together the extra cocoa and coconut on a large plate

– roll each piece around on the plate and into a little ball, then place your truffles in petit fours cases

– sprinkle the end result with a touch more coconut… The perfect Xmas treat or gift for friends