|Mundaring Weir, Perth hills|
We celebrated the day with a picnic at Mundaring Weir, about an hour east of Perth. It was a lovely outing and we were even graced by kangaroos at our picnic spot.
|Spot the kangaroos...|
There are a number of dishes I'd like to share from the picnic, but for today, I am highlighting these cherry ripe balls. They are surprisingly reminiscent of commercial Cherry Ripe chocolate bars, but with far fewer ingredients.
These were well received by everyone present, and you can make them in under 5 minutes. It would take that long to get a Cherry Ripe chocolate bar from the shops! I know I'll definitely be making them again.
The balls feature both dried cherries (the slightly tart kind) and glace cherries. I know that glace cherries are awful really, but they work beautifully in these, and are the main source of sweetness. If you absolutely can't stand them, I recommend subbing in some dates as well as extra tart cherries, to make sure the balls are sweet enough. Trust me, though, that the glace cherries are worth it!
Cherry ripe balls
These truffle balls are reminiscent of commercial Cherry Ripe chocolate bars, but with a less refined ingredient list
Makes 18 small balls
Food processor required
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
3/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup dried cherries (the slightly tart, real cherry variety)
1/2 cup glace cherries
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
Extra 1/4 cup or so of desiccated coconut, for rolling
Combine the walnuts and cherries in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add the coconut and cacao/cocoa and process until the mixture is well combined. These balls require less processing than many fruit/nut balls, so take care not to over-process.
Using clean hands, roll a generous teaspoon of mixture into a ball. Coat in the extra coconut. Set on a plate and repeat for the remaining mixture.
Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours or the freezer for at least 1 hour; store in the fridge.
Did you celebrate Mother's Day today? And are you a chocolate-cherry fan?