The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom here in Adelaide, South Australia as spring rushes into December and the start of summer. Last weekend, Santa arrived in Adelaide as the last float in the Adelaide Christmas Pageant, a tradition which has run annually for 79 years through the streets of the city. The tradition, started by the Director of John Matins' Department Store (with all of the staff participating as clowns, or on tableau floats representing various childrens stories an themes), marks the official start of the Christmas season in the city. Once Santa has entered the city via the pageant, the other stores open their Magic Caves with their own resident Santas for small children to whisper their Christmas hopes and dreams.
I use the pageant as a marker of my own as I like to prepare and bake my own Christams cakes and goodies to give as gifts to freinds, family and neighbours. While we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, I thought I'd include one of my most popular recipes for those of you who are hosting Thanksgiving at your home next week. As you pass it around with coffee, give thanks for friends in far off countries.
Annie’s Delectable Choc Cherry Slice
100gr chopped shortbread biscuits 120 gr almonds
150 gr hazelnuts 100gr glace cherries
300gr good dark chocolate 200gr butter
1 teasp coffee granules 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Line a slice pan with baking paper. Roast the nuts and rub the skins off the hazelnuts in a dry tea towel. Place shortbread biscuits, nuts and cherries into a medium sized bowl and set aside.
Break chocolate into small pieces and add to a double boiler with the cubed butter and simmer, stirring occasionally, over boiling water until both have melted and combined. Take care not to let the chocolate mix with water as it will ‘seize’. Mix in the coffee granules when chocolate has cooled a little, then add in beaten eggs and combine well. The warm chocolate/butter mixture will cook the egg.
Pour mixture into the prepared pan, pat down well and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from pan and cut into small squares to serve with coffee. Keep refrigerated.
Thank you for sharing this most delicious, rich chocolate bar recipe! Our daughters-in-law will love me for making it. Will just have to convert grams to ounces-
Email me, Pat, if you want me to convert the measurements for you to use! Australia went metric back in the '70's but I still use some old family recipes that are still in pounds and ounces!
What a treat to see inside an Australian home! The picture was thrilling. I've always loved to decorate for the holidays, so this was fascinating to see. Thank you.