Toffee and Chocolate Bites

My 24-hole canapé tin gets pulled out whenever I want to do something elegant and special. Some supermarkets offer Toffee Bakewell Tarts and that got me going to develop this recipe.

Gluten-free shortcrust pastry with chocolate ganache and toffee will always be a winner. Garnish with whipped cream for an extra indulgence, although these are mighty rich as-is.

Makes: up to 60 bite-sized canapés (see Kit footnote for larger sizes)
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Gooseberry Fool Canapés

Gooseberries are ‘the other summertime fruit’ (strawberries being the British number one). I love one-bite-sized canapés to serve a crowd, and this gluten-free recipe softens the natural sharpness of gooseberries with spices and caramel.

This is the classic British fool: a gooey, sharp-sweet, perfectly-balanced treat (the pix are horrorshow; everyone loved the taste).

Makes: 36 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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Strawberries and Cream Tartlettes

The hints of orange & spice are a perfect taste counterpoint in these seasonal canapés. I’ve suggested making strawberry compote, but you could of course use your favourite shop-bought jam to make it even easier.

Adding a whipped cream garnish makes these the perfect bite-sized British summertime treats.

Makes: 36 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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Palmiers – Sweet and Savoury

This week the coeliacs unfortunately got shafted, because I had shop-bought puff pastry in the freezer begging to be used. Making GF puff pastry from scratch will probably never appear on these pages …

So many flavour combinations to try; here are 1 sweet and 1 savoury suggestion, but more choices are in the Flavour Options footnotes.

Makes: up to 6 dozen depending on size (see Sizing footnote)
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White Chocolate Truffles with Ginger, Lime and Coconut

Sometimes you have an excess of white chocolate, and a cheesecake, other cake, or cupcakes aren’t quite right for the occasion.

The fab Kate’s Veggie Desserts advertised these on Twitter. I’ve scaled it up & modified the ingredients slightly – you’ll have a creamy, tropical delight.

And you’ll have made truffles! 🙂

Makes: 30-40 truffles depending on size
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Alternative Mince Pies

When I asked Twitter for alternatives to traditional mince pies for the holidays, Kali Stacey forwarded me this recipe (interesting history here on this Scottish treat).

Because I had plums & raisins hanging about, I used them – but you could use currants/dried mixed fruit as you prefer. You need to start the night before serving.

Makes: 24 (+ extra – see Footnote)
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