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My two eldest boys challenged me to start a cooking blog with simple recipes that we can cook together - and my youngest one has now joined in. I am hoping they pick up some cooking and photograph skills... or that at least they learn to design and run a blog.


We tried to make candied fruit this weekend. My kids thought it was 'yucky' on its own so we ended up coating them with chocolate ('better but not great' according to them). We ended up with far too much chocolate coating so we prepared some truffles with the chocolate. I had the bad idea of coating the truffles with dessicated coconut and they thought the coconut was 'yucky' as well. So I have been left with lots of dangerously temping treats...
For the candied fruit we sliced an orange, a lemon and a mandarin. We boiled them in water for 15 minutes, drained them and boiled them again for another 15 minutes. We then boiled them in sirup ( 200gr sugar and 200 ml water) and let them simmer for 45 minutes. We drained them again, put them on a rack and let them dry overnight.

For the chocolate coated candied melt 100 gr chocolate with 100 ml double cream (either over a very low heat or on the microwave). Dip the candied fruit into the chocolate and leave them over a rack (preferably in the fridge) until the chocolate hardens.

For the coconut truffles melt chocolate and cream as above and wait until the mixture gets cold. With two spoons make little kernels of chocolate. Put some dessicated coconut on a plate and drop  the kernels on top of the coconut turning them so that they get evenly coated.


My children call these 'magic biscuits' because one minute they are there and the next minute they have all disappeared. I had to battle with them to leave three biscuits for the pictures. As you can see in the pictures we went from three to two in just a couple of clicks.
You need:
50 gr soft butter
150 gr grated cheese (manchego or cheddar)
a couple of table spoons grated parmesan cheese
100 gr plain flour
half a teaspoon of thyme
Preheat the over to 200 degrees.
Mix the butter and the cheese. Add the flour and thyme. Roll the mixture so that you make a sausage shape. Wrap this with cling film and keep it for 30 minutes to one hour in the fridge. When it is cold cut it in 1 cm slices and place the slices on a baking sheet pressing them down slightly. They take 10-15 minutes to get golden and ready. They are addictive, both warm and cold.
The kids did most of the work, except for putting the biscuits in the oven and taking them out.