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Orange and Rhubarb Chocolate Canapés

Chocolates | 20th December 2014 | By

Chocolate Canapes

Some time ago, I received a set of chocolate making kits from Chocolate at Home. I made the milk chocolate truffles almost immediately and was impressed, both with the kit and the resulting chocolates. I was saving the other kits up for Christmas. With the party season in full swing, I was pretty sure there would be an occasion to use the Dessert Canapé Kit and I wasn’t wrong.

Sadly and rather frustratingly, both CT and I have been hit by the flu – a result of overcrowding on the trains I suspect and no easy escape from contagious fellow passengers. I can only assume that the old saying, “coughs and sneezes spread diseases” did for us. The result being a rather low key Christmas with no outings in site. Tomorrow our friends hold their annual Solstice dinner and I was saving the canapés for the occasion. Well, we can’t go now, but I’m hoping the canapés can.

This kit was just perfect in my time of need. Cooking and baking is still beyond me at the moment and if truth be told, I don’t fancy eating that much. I was able to make the canapés simply and easily, but still feel I had a hand in the creative process. Both the effort required and the washing up were minimal and I finished the task feeling a lot better than when I started. Contents:

  • 15 chocolate canapé cups
  • 100g dark chocolate mousse powder
  • 40g caramelised hazelnuts
  • 50g candied orange peel
  • piping bag
  • instructions

Unlike the first kit, when I followed the exact instructions, I thought I’d add my own twist on this one; I created an orange and rhubarb flavoured chocolate mousse, with a bit of a kick to it. I added some organic orange zest and a little of my rhubarb liqueur.

This is how I made:

Orange and Rhubarb Chocolate Canapés

  • Poured 125g milk into a bowl and added 1 tbsp rhubarb liqueur.
  • Added the mousse powder and whisked briefly.
  • Grated in the zest from half an organic orange and whisked again for a few minutes until the mousse was smooth and silky.
  • Spooned the mousse into the fifteen chocolate cups provided. A piping bag was provided for this, but as my mousse wasn’t that firm due to the added liqueur, I didn’t think this bit necessary.
  • Allowed the mousse to settle and firm up slightly, then removed the cups from their holder and placed on a serving platter.
  • Decorated the mousse with the candied orange peel and caramelised hazelnuts provided, then dusted with a little edible glitter (not provided).
Chocolate Canapes

The mousse tasted like a sophisticated version of Angel Delight. It was very chocolatey and the orange and alcohol fortified without overwhelming. The chocolate cups were all set at a slight angle, giving an elegant tilt to proceedings and making for a stylish end to any feast.

Things are a little tight, but you still have until midday on the 22nd December to order any of the kits and receive them in time for Christmas; canapés, truffles or chocolate lollipops. Any one of them would be a great introduction to the budding chocolatier. They cost between £6.95 and £14.95.
Thank you to Chocolate at Home for the kits. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.


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    Gem
    20th December 2014

    ooooh these look amazing, you don’t get many rhubarb flavoured things so these really take my fancy x

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    Johanna GGG
    20th December 2014

    sorry to hear you are unwell – I fear we are succumbing to a cold here – no crowded trains – just a bit run down. Hopefully a lazy day will help us. I hope some fancy chocolates will help you

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    20th December 2014

    Chocolate and orange is just a perfect combination for this time of year and it can only be made better still by the addition of a little bit of rhubarb. Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. I quite agree that trains are often to blame.

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    21st December 2014

    Chocolate canapés? Yum! And as chocolate is a great comforter, I reckon they are perfect to get you feeling well again. I am suffering with you right now, having a house full of sick people…. I didn’t have a voice for three days this week, which must have been bliss for everyone! Hope you (and we) all feel better soon. x

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