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Fruit Mince – you either like it or you don’t!

Posted on November 13, 2013 by in desserts

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Fruit mince, not at all my favorite thing to eat! There I’ve said it! I am not fond of this Christmas treat and Mince pies are nowhere near the the top of my list of favorites to eat during the festive season. I always think it is something old people enjoy…. well wake-up call Nina, you are no longer a spring chicken! Fruit mince or my dislike in it, goes back to my childhood when visiting ouma’s kitchen, I thought I was biting into a mince pie, only to find out that it was indeed a fruit mince pie and not a lamb mince pie. I am a savory kind of girl, have always been and will always be, so if someone says “mince pie”, my ears work like antennas! I had to laugh at a function the other day, watching kids grab the pies, only to find out halfway, that it was not mince as in meat, but mince as in fruit! The expression on their faces were priceless. I felt comforted to know I was not the only one who made that fearful mistake.

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So when Safari asked me to come up with new ideas with fruit mince in the glass jar, I was stunned to say the least. However,I have never been one to say no to a challenge so I agreed and I must say, I think this season I might just look at a fruit mince pie in a new way, I might even try one! (provided there are no lamb mince pies on the same table) As I prepare for the holiday season, I am thinking of ways to minimize my time in the kitchen, so the more things we can make in advance, the better! No meal or gathering should end without something sweet, but desserts can be time consuming and sometimes all that is needed, is  a cup of coffee and a hand made truffle. These truffles are the best disguise for the fruit mince,  in fact, it made the truffles even more rich and moist and the hint of brandy adds a little spirit to your  dessert. These truffles will also make beautiful gifts for a teacher! I can tell you, I am not done with the fruit mince, I see it in a whole different light now and my mind is spinning  with ways to use the rest of the Safari fruit mince in the jar!

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Festive Truffles

makes 40


200 g dark chocolate chips

200 ml cream

200 ml ground almonds

100 ml Safari Fruit Mince

15 ml brandy

80 ml cocoa powder


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Pour the cream into a small pot and heat the cream to just before boiling. Pour the chocolate chips in a glass bowl and add the hot cream to it. Stir and mix so that the chocolate melts slowly. Once you have a smooth mixture, slowly stir in the other ingredients, except the cocoa powder. Pour into a bowl and cool in the fridge for  an hour or two. When the mixture has set and is now manageable, scoop small spoonfuls of the mixture into your hands and roll into truffles.  Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder and keep until you need it. Alternatively, place a few truffles in a beautiful box and decorate with a colorful ribbon to use as a gift. * the truffles can also be rolled in chopped nuts of your choice.

Tomorrow morning just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be  back in my seat at RSG studios, sharing this easy recipe with you! Get ready to be amazed! I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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2 Responses to “Fruit Mince – you either like it or you don’t!”

  1. Hein 13 November 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    What a fantastic idea Nina!

  2. Mariette 15 November 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Nina wat ‘n fantastiese idee. Is daar iets anders wat ek kan gebruik in die plek van die sjokolade en room? My kleinkinders is allergies vir suiwel

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