Rosie Makes: Sloe Gin Chocolates

Sloe gin chocolates

A quick midweek Rosie Makes for any last minute pressies you have to make! Last Autumn I made sloe gin for the first time (you can find the recipe in this post and a bonus festive cocktail recipe here) and since then I’ve been determined to make it an annual tradition. I spied my patch of Edinburgh sloes back in early Autumn and earmarked the spot for when they would ripen. Fast forward several weeks and we revisited our hopefully secret stash but – shock horror – someone had got there first! After getting a bit more intrepid (read, Al climbing into the blackthorn bush and me pointing out the sloes) we had enough for a litre of gin for this year’s Christmas pressies. I’ve always wondered what to do with the leftover sloes, as it seems such a waste to throw the gin-rich fruit straight into the bin, so was excited when I came across this recipe for sloe gin chocolates. It is a wee bit of faff to chop the sloes (the stones are huge) but worth it for the end result – like extra special gin-infused fruit and nut! Plus, perhaps just as importantly, no waste – and a lovely gift to give along with the gin! To make them, you will need:

Sloe gin chocolates

250g good quality milk chocolate
42g toasted flaked almonds, broken into smaller pieces.
250g gin-soaked sloes, stones removed (once you remove the sloes, you will have about half the amount of fruit).
Sloe gin chocolates
First, slowly and carefully melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water.
Sloe gin chocolates
Stir in the chopped sloes and nuts until they are covered in chocolate and start to stick together.
Sloe gin chocolates
Sloe gin chocolates
Line a tray with parchment paper and place small blobs of the sloe mixture onto the tray.
Sloe gin chocolates
Sloe gin chocolates

Sloe gin chocolates

Leave to set – avoid putting them in the fridge or they will get a ‘bloom’ on them. Once set, package up and resist the urge to be over-officious in your ‘quality control’…

Sloe gin chocolates

Sloe gin chocolates

Sloe gin chocolates

Have you made sloe gin before? What are you making for your last minute gifts?

Recipe via Adele Nozedar’s The Hedgerow Handbook.

 

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