Bite-sized, sweet, rich and with a warming aroma of fruit mince spices and rum. Wrapped in a box or popped into vintage jars they make for a beautiful handmade gift for neighbours, colleagues and friends. Keep a batch in the fridge for when unexpected guests pop over for tea this festive season.
As another year comes to an end and we gather around to decorate the Christmas tree, it’s time to slow down and focus on those things that matter: family, friends and celebrating the meaning of Christmas. Only this year we have an additional cute little blessing joining us.
Although Mia won’t remember much of this time, we have made sure to take her to carols, get her involved in dressing the tree and a variety of Christmas carols have been her lullabies over the last 3 weeks.
The home always feels more festive with carols and Christmas songs playing.
Indeed, Liana who just turned 13 is very keen to help Mia get all the cookies and milk ready for Santa over the coming years. And not to forget some carrots for all of the reindeer. We are really looking forward to those moments too.
This year we’ll stay in Sydney, put on a BBQ lunch with glazed ham and a prawn salad and perhaps enjoy a little Christmas Fruit Mince Truffle ice cream for dessert – see note below. It’s meant to be the hottest summer on record!
Are you planning to celebrate Christmas somewhere warm, too?
For a festive cool treat, chop a handful of truffles into vanilla ice cream or make this vegan coconut ice cream and use chopped truffles instead of dark chocolate.
Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas!
From our family to yours.
Easy Christmas Fruit Mince Truffles
For the fruit mince filling:
- ½ cup sultanas
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 teaspoon teaspoons dark rum or 1natural rum essence
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
- Pinch ground cloves
Dark chocolate coating:
- 25 g dark (70% cocoa) chocolate see note for a sugar-free version
- 10 goji berries
- Place all fruit mince filling ingredients in a small bowl of a food processor and process until the filling resembles playdough consistency. Scoop out about ½ tablespoon of the mixture and roll into balls. Place in the fridge.
- Meanwhile, melt chocolate (or make your own, see head note). Roll each ball in the chocolate and place on a piece of baking paper. Top each with a goji berry and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to set.