Posts Tagged ‘nuts


Frangelico Balls

For a recent Fancy Party, I wanted to make rum balls. However, I wanted to make them taste a little more nuanced and elegant, so I decided to base the flavour profile on hazelnuts and spices. For the liquor, I used Frangelico, and I replaced the usual vanilla wafer or Oreo crumbs with Speculaas crumbs, using a delicious recipe from Baked. I think gingersnap or gingerbread crumbs would also work well here.


Frangelico Balls

1 cup Speculaas cookies, chopped to crumbs in a food processor

1 cup toasted, skinned hazelnuts, chopped

1 cup sifted icing sugar

2 tbsp Dutch process cocoa

1/4 cup Frangelico

1 1/2 tbsp invert sugar, honey, or corn syrup


chocolate sprinkles, ground hazelnuts, or other coating

In a food processor, pulse together the Speculaas crumbs, hazelnuts, icing sugar and cocoa until uniform.

In a small bowl, whisk together the Frangelico and invert sugar. Add to the bowl of the food processor and pulse until a dough comes together. Cover the dough and chill the mixture for at least 4 hours.

Place some water in a bowl and the coating in a shallow dish. Form the dough into 1-inch balls. Dunk in the water, then roll in the chocolate sprinkles. Repeat until all the dough is rolled.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 70 Frangelico balls.


Farewell, Summer Salad


This was a bright, fresh salad. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I made it! As we’re in the dead of winter, it felt a little sunshine-y to post something with brighter colour and flavour, even though it makes me wistful for when tastier food is in season. This salad used up the last of the cherry tomatoes and yellow pear tomatoes from my garden as well as some home-grown arugula (seriously, the easiest thing to grow. I sprinkled the seeds on the ground and we had salad greens all summer long!). I’ve given specifics here, but everything’s interchangeable – the nuts and dried fruit could easily be substituted with other varieties. It was paired with my first attempt at truffled macaroni and cheese – the second attempt, much more successful, was last night’s.


Farewell, Summer Salad with Cherry-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

1 head frisée

1 head raddicchio



a handful or two of yellow pear tomatoes

a handful or two of cherry tomatoes

a handful of mixed dried berries (blueberries, cherries and cranberries)

a handful of seasoned, toasted pecans (here, spiced with cumin, rosemary and balsamic)

leaves from a few sprigs of fresh tarragon


For the vinaigrette:

about a teaspoon of chopped shallot

about 2 tablespoons of cherry vinegar (I have a hunch that white vinegar mixed with cherry juice would do in a pinch)

freshly ground black pepper

about 3 to 4 tablespoons of hazelnut oil


Chop or tear the frisée, raddicchio, arugula and spinach into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, dried berries, toasted pecans and tarragon. Toss to distribute everything evenly.

In a small mason jar, mix the vinaigrette. Whisk together the shallot, cherry vinegar, and pepper. Whisking constantly, add the hazelnut oil in a steady stream until combined. Put the lid on the jar and set aside until it’s time to eat.

When ready to serve, divide salad evenly between plates. Shake the jar to recombine the dressing, if needed, and drizzle lightly over the salad.