This will be my last post for 2015 and I am quite excited entering 2016. I love the fact that I’ll be leaving a whole year behind me, no matter if it was good, bad, or average. I like that kind of closure. I love this feeling of starting over again and having a fresh year ahead of me, filled with new chances, new experiences.
As we all are busy enjoying the feasting period with friends and family, the only thing I would like to convey in this post is to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year. Enjoy the closure of 2015, and as Oprah Winfrey said, "Cheers to the new year and another chance for us to get it right." :)
This dessert is fantastic, the flavours go from sweet to tangy to coconutty to almondy... and so forth...
Enjoy the recipe and have a great year ahead, folks!!
Coconut Orbs in Amaretto Cream & Redcurrants
Serves 6-7 people
Total time, including prep and making the coconut balls: 25 minutes
200 grams sweetened Condensed Milk
70 grams Desiccated coconut
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
30 grams coconut chips, toasted
120-130 grams Redcurrants
150 ml double cream
3 tablespoons Amaretto, or as per taste
"I have used redcurrants in this recipe, as I like their tangy flavour with the sweet orbs and cream. But you may use any fruit, like blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, persimons, raspberries, pomegranate, et cetera."
Heat up a non-stick pan over medium heat. Throw in the condensed milk, desiccated coconut, vanilla extract and cardamom powder, all together, and stir well. Now cook this mixture on a low-medium heat while regularly stirring. You will notice that the mixture will begin to thicken. Cook until the mix leaves the side of the pan and becomes a mass; it should take around 6-7 minutes.
Remove from the heat and transfer the mix into another bowl and let it cool.
When the mixture is cool enough to handle, make small or medium-sized balls from the prepared mixture.
I made six balls out of this, but it totally depends on you as to how big or small you want them to be.
Once the balls are all prepared, tuck one redcurrant onto each coconut ball, like I did in the pictures, and keep aside.
Mix Amaretto and double cream together and stir well. Keep it aside.
Note: About the Amaretto cream, you may adjust the Amaretto and / or the cream according to your taste. Just keep in mind that the consistency of the cream should always remain thick, otherwise you will not get that lushness.
First pour the cream into a glass with a stem. Fill the glass to about 1/4th capacity and then gently place an orb in the cream.
Then prettify this with toasted coconut chips and redcurrants.
Repeat for the other servings and enjoy immediately!
Note: It's best to use freshly-made coconut orbs for this dessert, and to use them straight away. The fresh orbs are really soft and they go well with the other ingredients in the dish. You can keep the leftover orbs in the fridge; they remain good for 5-6 days.
I wish you all again a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Enjoy the feasting!