Those of you who have been following my blog for a while now will know that I am the master of minifying recipes – especially when it comes to dessert. You’ll know that since it’s only Neil and me at home, we can’t possibly eat all the food I make for the blog and you’ll know that even sharing amongst my neighbours and colleagues, we still can’t manage. So I end up minifying things – halving recipes or simply making everything smaller.
But did you know there’s another reason for that? I’m the person who looks at the dessert menu before I order my main course. I’m the person who can never choose which dessert to order. And therefore, I’m a huge fan of the French concept of café gourmand – whereby with your end-of-meal coffee you receive three or four tiny desserts. Dessert minified in the best possible way. So you don’t have to choose – you get a few small bites of each.
When I’m planning parties or get-togethers over the holidays (or anytime), I tend to cater for myself in this regard – I like to offer a few choices when it comes to dessert, but I keep the serving size small so my guests (and I!) can enjoy a few different sweets. This is the concept I am showcasing in my latest piece for JamieOliver.Com today and in keeping with catering to all my guests’ dietary restrictions, all three recipes are gluten free. You’ll find recipes for chocolate-orange crackle cookies, (taste just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and are based on my experiments with macarons craquelés or macarons à l’ancienne), candy cane meringue drops and apricot-cherry “truffles” (which are also vegan).
So go on, what are you waiting for? Get the recipes for my gluten-free mini treats for your holiday table over on JamieOliver.Com!
What are your favourite sweet treats to eat (or make) over the holidays?