Wednesday, September 14, 2005

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.

Il Migliore
271 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
(03) 9813 2424


At 3:17 PM, Blogger Niki said...

I've seen Clothilde make them (but with candied orange rind) here:
but I'm not sure that's quite what you're looking for.
I remember driving past that shop when I used to work in Toorak. It always intrigued me, but I thought they were specialists in those European style biscuits I don't like do much; sort of dry and flavoured with marzipan and rum etc.

At 3:42 PM, Blogger plum said...

Hi Niki - none of their biscuits really did it for me (although the cheese ones did look rather nice) but it was more the sweets - toffee apple crisp and this and another chocolate caramel thingie that I am trying to find a recipe for.

Tee hee, isn't it funny that we both had that reaction to their shop? It must be something about the facade that does it.

I remember Clotilde's post, but this doesn't involve candied orange - I think it's just very thinly sliced orange pieces dried - either in an oven or a dehydrator. Mmmn, I checked out her orangettes those and I could really eat some of those now. Must go scurry around in the kitchen and see what I can find!

At 4:19 PM, Blogger eat stuff said...

Can you get hold of a dehyrdrator? tat would be how to make the orange slices

I have made this (before I had a blog) with candied citrus peel. Alittle messy but fun

Send me an email if you want the recipe :)ra

At 4:15 PM, Blogger cin said...

I used to LIVE down the road from their factory, and boy was that dangerous! They sold the choc orange in angel shaped wire containers over Christmas and they were great for presents. Keep an eye out for them!

At 11:05 AM, Blogger deborah said...

Hi there,

I think chocolate and orange is a match made in heaven (next to raspberries as well)

I was wondering if you'd like to participate in next months Omnivoribus Australis? Here is the most recent addition - am always looking for new tasty blogs to include.

At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try their shortbread as well. The best in Melbourne. Have you been to the shop lately? Wonder what they've got ready for xmas pressie.


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