I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and had a nice meal until you couldn’t eat any more. But I also hope you still have room left and feel like making and eating something tasty! Because today I will take you back to my childhood!
As mentioned earlier this week, I really enjoyed working with chocolate. But the chocolate balls were not the only chocolate dish on my table with Christmas desserts. This week I can share with you a second recipe made from chocolate: les roses de sable! This is really a treat that I always made as a child to take to school to hand out, or to sleepovers.
Perhaps these delicacies are known under a different name in the Netherlands or the country where you grew up or now live. With us in France, literally translated into English were called sand roses. Of course they look a bit like little flowers, but they are of course not made with sand and fortunately they don’t taste like it at all.
Since we were all a little worried that all the cookies would turn too brown once we started making them, Luis and I decided to make them with different colors. And as a surprise to add a flavor that would not be expected at all with these colors. These candies are really great for children, but my mother-in-law also loved them. It’s a real shame I didn’t make these candies before because I really missed them!
Of course you can just make them with dark chocolate. But if you really want to make your kids happy with a delicious snack, they can always be made more fun in all colors of the rainbow. This week really taught me a lot of new things and I got so many crazy and fun ideas for working with chocolate. But first I have to get rid of the Christmas pounds in January, because making all these tables has had some impact on my daily eating routine!
You can always make these sand roses with whatever type of chocolate you want. I chose white chocolate and pink and blue coloring.
- 200 gr white melting chocolate
- 60 gr of cornflakes
- a little lemon flavoring
- a little pear flavoring
- topping decorations: glitter, stars, cake decorations
- Food coloring of your choice
Melt the chocolate au bain marie. That means in a heat-resistant bowl, on a pan with a little water. The bowl containing the chocolate should not touch the water. I always use iron bowl, because I don’t like to work with glass in the kitchen when heat is added.
Divide your melted chocolate between two smaller bowls and add the food coloring of your choice. Keep stirring while adding the flavorings. Finally add half of the cornflakes and gently stir them through the chocolate. In the end you want them completely covered in chocolate.
Grab a plate or a baking tray, cover it with parchment paper and get your bowls and topping decorations. The fun is about to begin! With a tablespoon you take a bit of your chocolate cornflakes mixture. Place a scoop on the baking tray lined with baking paper and give it the shape you want. Repeat this until everything is used up, then sprinkle your decorations on top and let all the roses set in the refrigerator.
Voilà, a tasty snack that is great fun to make! And it’s even more fun to get the chocolate off your hands after cooking, lol.
This dish was a lot of fun to make and so simple. But simple can also be fun! Of course there are not really snacks that traditionally taken to a sleepover (in the Netherlands, but not in France either), but this is what I used to take with me in France. But also to school as a treat! I used some of my mom’s other pastries for that too, but I felt like this was the recipe I had to share with you!
It’s the end of the week and of this table of desserts. It was a really great experience and I really feel that I have been able to learn a lot from the past weeks, I really enjoyed myself and pulled out all the stops to make all this come true. And I could never have done it without my dad and my husband, so I would like to thank them for their great help too!
And thank you too, because you inspire me to show everything I can, and I am sure you will have a great month in January! Deep in my heart I hope you had a good and merry Christmas. I wish you a nice Sunday and see you again tomorrow with a wonderful new table!
Happy Sunday, friends!