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Making chocolates or sweets

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  • chloepops
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    I'm going to make these Turkish/Greek/Arabic sweeties made with filo pastry, nuts and honey syrup; cut them into small (inch square) pieces and put in a little box - a person only needs a few before it gets too rich!

    ingredients:
    a box filo ready rolled pastry (from any supermarket)
    large knob of butter - melt in microwave
    packet of chopped mixed nuts (or can choose any one type of nut)
    half a cup honey
    cup of sugar
    cup of cold water
    teaspoon of orange flower water or rose water (optional)
    tablespoon lemon juice

    also need a pastry brush and a small roasting tin (or bread tin). and an oven.

    method:
    put oven on to 160 degrees
    syrup: dissolve sugar and honey in water in a pan. add lemon juice and simmer for 5-10 mins or until the syrup is half the amount and thick and gloopy. remember gets gloopier when cooled. add orange blossom water and simmer for 2 more mins. allow to cool.

    pastry:
    brush tin with melted butter
    one by one, brush around 8 sheets of pastry with butter and lay out in tin, fold any edges over to make it flat
    cover with layer of chopped nuts, till about half a centimetre thick
    repeat more pastry layers
    cut into inch square diamond or square shapes

    bake for about 25 mins at 160, then whack up heat to 190 for another 10 mins.
    pour over cool syrup onto hot pastry and allow to cool. try to stop yourself eating it, yum!
  • SeaBee
    SeaBee Posts: 360 Forumite
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    I decided to do lots of edible gifts this year too. For my colleagues I have made: Christmas Pudding truffles a la Nigella, Baileys Fudge, Lemon Truffles, Chocolate Shards and Mini Christmas Cakes.

    Pinched a few wrapping ideas from this thread. Gave them today and they have been very well received.

    Some pics below

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  • jetty
    jetty Posts: 3,011 Forumite
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    SeaBee wrote: »
    I decided to do lots of edible gifts this year too. For my colleagues I have made: Christmas Pudding truffles a la Nigella, Baileys Fudge, Lemon Truffles, Chocolate Shards and Mini Christmas Cakes.

    Pinched a few wrapping ideas from this thread. Gave them today and they have been very well received.

    Some pics below

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    They look great :T
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  • Quackers
    Quackers Posts: 10,157 Forumite
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    I went on an emergency shop to the supermarket at 9pm last night after reading this thread :o

    I'm planning on making the 15's, baileys truffles and the mint choc stuff.

    I'm going to leave making the truffles til the 23rd - to give as a gift on 24th.

    How far in advance does anyone think I can make the 15's recipe?? I'm going to have a practise tonight so I can make sure it tastes ok :cool:

    LOVE this thread....am concerned for my belly :o:D
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  • Kazipoo
    Kazipoo Posts: 806 Forumite
    edited 16 December 2009 at 5:31PM
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    Starting weight 17st 4lb - weight now 15st 2lbs

    30lb lost of 30lb by June 2012 :j:j:j (80lb overall goal)

  • ChrissieT_2
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    Choc truffles are lovely, but dates stuffed with cream cheese mixed with tia maria are absolutely divine.
    This is my first ever post. Have I done it okay?
  • Quackers
    Quackers Posts: 10,157 Forumite
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    ChrissieT wrote: »
    Choc truffles are lovely, but dates stuffed with cream cheese mixed with tia maria are absolutely divine.
    This is my first ever post. Have I done it okay?

    You did just fine and dandy :T

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  • kemo_2002
    kemo_2002 Posts: 1,507 Forumite
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    Im planning on giving sweets/chocs in jars, my question is, if i put the sweets in now (shop brought) are they likely to go soft? sweets are things like allsorts and miget gems...

    also homemade cookies/muffins/biscuts ect , if made now will they keep for xmas??
  • annie123
    annie123 Posts: 4,256 Forumite
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    Sorry if this is daft but......isn't the taste of cheese odd in truffle/sweetie things?
  • elysia2003
    elysia2003 Posts: 5,155 Forumite
    edited 17 December 2009 at 6:11PM
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    Hiya, sorry to bother you. I've just made my first batch of peanut brittle using this recipe pasted from this thread.

    What have I done wrong? It was bubbling away nicely for 10 mins and was a lovely clear toffee colour - until i put the second lot of ingredients in - then it became a sludgy mess! I'm hoping it will taste better than it looks.

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