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18 April 2013

Rum & Raisin Truffles and Afternoon Tea Cookbook Review

 

Mention chocolate truffles to me and I will turn to you. Show me some and you will definitely get my full attention. I will always have time to stop and admire the rows of chocolate truffles in display in chocolate shops even when I was a child. Back then, I could barely even reach the height to look at them properly but with my nose pressed against the border of the display rack, and with my toes supporting me to the fullest height, I know they are good and worth all the money that my Mom would pay for. 


Now that I am an adult and able to cook on my own, I make my own chocolate truffles.  I am happy to add these Rum & Raisin Truffles to my collection of chocolate truffle recipes. My other two are Passito di Pantelleria Straw Wine Truffles with Dried Grapes and Hazelnut & Cocoa Truffles with Piment d'Espelette. This one is different from the other two because it is dairy and sugar free.  I used sugar-free chocolates and crema di riso (rice cream), in place of the original recipe's coconut cream which I cannot find here.  It's my first time to use rice cream and I like it because the taste is non-intrusive and blends perfectly well with other flavors.  Being a non-dairy lover, it works perfectly for me. 

 

This recipe came from the newly-released e-cookbook of Suzanne Perazzini called Afternoon Tea.  It has 50 grain, gluten, dairy, sugar and nut free recipes, all shown with a couple of beautifully composed pictures each.  Suzanne is already an accomplished fiction writer from New Zealand with some books to her credit and this is her first time to venture into cookbooks.  This passion for cooking and food photography came out from her food blog called Strands of My Life.  All 107 pages of this cookbook are a result of her impressive work from recipe development to food styling to photography and composition of the whole project.  All conceptualized for people who have food intolerances and for people like me who don't require any special diet but would like to take a step forward to healthier living. 


Scroll down and indulge yourself in the pictures of slices, cakes, tarts, biscuits, muffins, marshmallows and other sweet treats that you will find in Afternoon Tea.  If you are unsure about what ingredients are to be used, Suzanne made it easy for all of us by explaining them at the beginning of the book.  You can find the recipe of these Rum & Raisin Truffles at the end of the page.  




If you are interested in acquiring Afternoon Tea at $25, click here to visit Strands of My Life.

Until the 23rd of April, the cookbook will be a part of a bundle of 30 Healthy Living E-Books for a an awesome price of $39, over 90% off from the original value of $479.  That means 30 cookbooks for that price!  If you are interested in this package, click on this link.