I don’t know if any of you Eat To Inspire followers know that I am a little obsessed with food.. So when I find myself twiddling my thumbs in the sleepy village where my mum lives, I often look through her old magazines for recipe inspiration. I was quite happy to find a recipe for a sweet Italian chocolate and almond biscuit named Baci Di Dama which translates to Lady’s Kisses. I stopped turning the pages because of course, I wanted to make some Lady’s Kisses! The only non vegan ingredient was butter so I just switched this for a vegan margarine. I have made these a couple of times and I have decided that they are quite a lot more delicious when orange zest is added to the dough.
It’s very snowy and cold here in Wales and these sweet biscuits are a great thing to have at the end of a chilly day with a mug of mulled wine or hot cocoa.
To make your lady kisses you will need the following ingredients;
- 230g plain flour
- 200g vegan margerine
- Zest of one orange
- 150g ground almonds
- 200g caster sugar
- 40g cocoa powder
- 50g dark chocolate
- Icing sugar for dusting
You know I like my recipes simple. If you have a food processor you can just fling everything except the chocolate and icing sugar in and whizz until it forms a ball. If you have muscle power, a bowl and a wooden spoon, sieve all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the margerine and mix until it forms a ball and your arm feels like it may fall off.
Chill the dough for at least half an hour.
Then roll the dough into small balls using 1tsp of mixture at a time. Space evenly on baking trays and press each one down a little.
Heat the oven to 160C and bake for 20 mins.
Once fully cooled melt your chocolate and sandwich the biscuits together with a little chocolate.
Place outside in the snow to set quickly before all the tops slide off because you were too impatient to let the chocolate cool a little.
Share with friends, eat in front the fire, in the bath or in bed and enjoy!
In other news… for the month of January I am going to challenge myself to eat only food grown in the UK. I’ve chosen to do this in January as it is a winter month so I feel it will be more difficult. I think it will be really interesting for me personally as I feel a bit out of touch with the seasons since leaving the lovely organic shop I worked in in Bristol. I have been discussing this small project with my girlfriend and she is going to join me in the challenge. She is worried about the prospect of a month with no chocolate and I am horrified at the thought of a month with no coffee or bananas.. We’d better start weaning ourselves off now!
I shall be writing about our experience and sharing recipes and tips with you all. We would love you to join us in this challenge as I think it would be great to have a little community of people doing this with us 🙂 I think it is so important to reconnect with where our food comes from and to eat seasonally. It is so easy to lose touch of these things when we go into a supermarket and there are watermelons from the other side of the world available in December, apples from New Zealand and bananas from Costa Rica available all year round.
We have already thought of many things that we can eat and are excited to share with you all.
Questions for you…
- Wherever you are in the world.. Will you join out ‘Eat Local for January’ challenge?
- Do you eat locally already? Please share any tips with us 🙂
- Are you doing another personal challenge in January that we can follow?
Stay warm beansprouts!