Chocolate and Orange
Could there be a better combination?! I love love orange and chocolate and will eat it any which way I can. I adore Lindt's Intense Orange - the sweetness of the candied orange peel against the bitter chocolate. I cannot confess to how many of the Chocolate Orange Magnums I ate during their recent retro 70s reign. And even a handful of chocolate callets and a mouthful of orange peel left lying on the table will do me fine - I'm not that discriminating when it comes to this wonderful combo!
I wandered into Il Migliore the other day and found delight. I had seen this "Gourmet Biscuit Factory" many times before but hadn't gone in. Something put me off. Well, thank goodness for my waistline is all I can say! It is a very simple, charming set up, with the front part of the room containing boxes of stacked packages of biscuits and sweet treats. There is a counter top and boxes of raw produce to be used - oranges and apples just waiting to be turned into syrupy delights. And right behind the counter (well behind the nice chap serving there) is the kitchen! You can see exactly where all their biscuits are made!
I had already been bad (read bought too much food stuff) that week and I wasn't planning on purchasing anything. But they had an open bowl of chocolate oranges to sample and I took one. And then another. Now I don't know about you, but I feel that there is a strict rule of sampling etiquette. One is polite. Two is a little piggy, but maybe you just have to check that it really did taste as delicious/disgusting as you thought it did. And three samples means you have to buy a bag.
So is it any wonder that I strolled out with these? They look as though they would be very simple to make - dry orange slices in a very low oven and then double dip in dark chocolate. I have had a flick through my chocolate books but can't find a recipe, but honestly, I don't think it could be any harder than this. I will keep up the search, but if anyone has a recipe, please let me know. And if you want more more chocolate and orange, check out here and here.
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