Kathryn Stedman

Home Grown Country Life: Pistachio crusted choc-orange bites

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Approx Reading Time-10Sometimes, the most absurd makes for the most delicious. For when orange peel meets chocolate, everybody wins.

 


These little Jaffa treats are so easy to put together, and make another great addition to the home made pre-Christmas hamper – or to the festive table. Many of you will wonder if the peel could possibly taste any good, as no-one ordinarily would eat the skin of an orange, but unbelievably it does. It’s a crunchy, sweet, orangey surprise. I’ve never seen anything like this at the shops.

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Ingredients

  • Oranges
  • Chocolate of your choice. I used a blend of dark and milk chocolate
  • Coconut oil
  • Pistachios – raw and unsalted

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Method

  • Wash oranges well and slice thinly (approx 5cm). Can leave as whole circles or cut in half for more manageable bites.
  • Completely dehydrate orange slices in the dehydrator. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can place them on a cooling rack (single layer) and dry them out in a fan-forced oven set on low. Expect this to take at least six hours, maybe more.
  • Melt chocolate in a small saucepan over boiling water to avoid burning. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil to thin it slightly. This isn’t strictly necessary, so if you don’t have any, don’t panic.
  • Lightly crush pistachios.
  • Dip the dried orange half way into the melted chocolate and place on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  • Sprinkle with the crushed pistachios before the chocolate has set.
  • Leave to harden. To speed this up, refrigerate for a few minutes, but don’t leave in there too long as you don’t want the orange to soften.
  • Once the chocolate has set, place in air-tight container. Best to keep it in a fridge or cool place. Stores well, but usually eaten before too long.

 

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Kathryn Stedman

Wife, nurse, mother and maker of things. On a journey to self sufficiency. Family and the edible garden. Hopefully keeping it real. Also creator and writer of http://thehomegrowncountrylife.com . Check out @thehomegrowncountrylife on Instagram for daily homesteading inspiration.

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