I was excited when Anna announced her theme for march was citrus. I’ve not experimented much with citrus over the years, so I was excited for the challenge of finding new recipes and adapting them for my own.
I was having a bunch of friends over for dinner last Friday night so decided to do my march challenge then. I started searching and couldn’t pick just one. So I decided on a tasting plate of smaller portions so I could do them all… greedy as I am. And of course, I had to include some chocolate into the mix. Just because I love it so much.
I thought I’d stick with the norms (orange, lemon, lime, mandarin) since they were all new recipes and I didn’t have time to test them out first. Plus I was trying these fruits with different textures / combinations to what I had before, so thought they’d be interesting enough. I would have loved to try something with blood orange or pink grapefruit but I couldn’t find any while shopping, tho they must sell them here somewhere…
So here it is, the finished plate.
From bottom right, clockwise: chocolate & lemon tart, caramelised lime pudding, mandarin custard, finishing off with a dark chocolate & orange truffle.
And a few more pics:
chocolate & lemon tarts: chocolate pastry cases filled with chocolate ganache and lemon curd, topped with chocolate ganache and lemon zest to serve.
mandarin custards: baked in egg cups, topped with mandarin slices to serve.
Yum. My guests all said they really enjoyed their dessert plates (tho people always say that, don’t they?) but my lovely B gave the thumbs up so I’m happy. He loves his desserts too so he will benefit much. My favourite was the mandarin custard. It was fresh, light and creamy. I wasn’t too sure how it would taste but yum, it was good. Too bad I only made enough for that night. I also really liked the caramelised lime pudding, which was originally lemon but I had to change it since I’d already used lemon in the tart. The pudding was extremely light, with the slight self saucing on top giving it a simple decadence. And the caramelisation of the limes gave an extra dimension to the flavour. Yum.
Oh, and of course I loved the chocolate ones too. But I don’t really need to say that, do I?