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Christmas Cooking at Miele

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend the day at the wonderful Miele kitchens to cook up some extra special treats. Tucked behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, Miele HQ is the definition of a kitchen to die for. 

With so many different ovens, hobs, fridges and work surfaces, all offering so many options, cooking up a few Christmas treats seemed an ease compared to the chaos of my own kitchen.

We started with a quick demonstration of the best way to cook your Christmas meats, demonstrating how the Miele ovens lock in the correct amount of moisture to avoid dry turkeys.

Then it was our turn. Armed with a drawer full of utensils, heaps of ingredients and easy to follow recipes, it was time to create our edible Christmas gifts.

On the list was:
Red Onion Marmalade
Salted Caramel Sauce
Brandy Chocolate Truffles
Lemon and Pistachio Biscotti
Panettone

My favourite of the bunch, partly because it was gluten free, partly because it contained alcohol and partly because it was chocolate (what a winning combo!?) were the Brandy Chocolate Truffles. They’re super easy to make and don’t need to be baked (such a poet), so they go down well in terms of my rule of simplicity – yet look and taste fab!




Brandy Chocolate Truffles Recipe (gluten free)


Ingredients
115g plain
chocolate
40g butter,
cubed
55g ground
almonds
30g raisins,
roughly chopped
6 glacier
cherries, roughly chopped
3 tbsp
brandy or rum
55g icing
sugar
For
decorating
Chopped
hazelnuts
Chocolate
vermicelli
Coco powder
Method
1    Add the chocolate and butter together into a pan
and melt on level 2 on the hob. Take off the heat then add the rest of the
ingredients. Place into the fridge and allow to cool.

2. When it has cooled take out of the fridge then using a teaspoon measure (so that all the truffles will be the same size) take some of the mix and roll each truffle into a ball and coat in the topping of your choice. Place into gift bags and keep into the fridge.
To finish we tucked into a delicious Christmas ploughman’s lunch consisting of the mustard demerera glazed gammon and roasted turkey we were shown how to roast earlier, complete with an epic cheese board, pickles and salad.

A big thanks to Miele for such a lovely day. They offer lots of different cookery school courses (including a gluten free bread course I’ve definitely got my eye on!), which would all make perfect Christmas gift for foodie family and friends. You can check out the full list of courses here.

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    detoutcoeur Limousin
    27th November 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Love the sound of those truffles & the Christmas ploughmans – yum :) saying bonjour via #fdbloggers look forward to checking out more of your lovely blog http://detoutcoeurlimousin.blogspot.fr

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    Ala Skrakowski
    28th November 2014 at 10:19 am

    This literally looks like a dream! I actually have some leftover brandy from the bake off bake along so I know what I'm adding to my Christmas gift hampers!! x

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      fdbloggers@gmail.com
      10th December 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Do it! So easy and no baking necessary. I'm going to make some for my nans x

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