Hi all! Just a quick post to share a quick idea as Easter 2014 commences!
As you may be aware, I am in the midst of a sugar detox using Sarah Wilson‘s book I Quit Sugar For Life as inspiration.
On a mission to “Easter-fy” one of the IQS dessert recipes (the gorgeous Choc Mint Slice), I took a look in my pantry cupboard and was struck by a very simple idea.
And this is it…
CHOCOLATE BUNNY BUTTONS, IQS-STYLE
A couple of squares of melted (85% – 90%) chocolate*, or 20g (which contains only 2.6g of sugar)
Some organic almond meal
A few raw, organic cocoa nibs
Some organic toasted slivered almonds
- On a piece of baking paper, draw circles of the same size (mine were approximately 2cm in diameter) spaced a couple of centimetres apart with a marker pen.
- Flip the paper over, place on a flat tray/plate and, using a teaspoon, dab some chocolate in each of the circles to form a disc (not too thin, not too thick).
- Stick two slivered almonds of similar size and shape (it helps to have pairs ready beforehand) at the tops of each chocolate circle. These will be your bunny’s ears.
- Sprinkle all chocolate discs liberally with almond meal. You may need to pat it down very gently. This will create your bunny’s furry face.
- Take small coco nibs (or cut larger ones in half with a small kitchen knife) and stick somewhere near the middle of each disc to form a nose.
- With a toothpick, dab tiny dots of melted chocolate on either side of the nose to create your bunny’s eyes.
- Transfer your tray/plate to the fridge to let your bunnies cool and set. This won’t take long.
- When you’re ready to decorate your cakes/cupcakes/cookies/slices with bunny buttons, they should be very easy to remove from the baking paper. Adhere them by dabbing a small amount of melted chocolate where you want to attach your bunny and then gently press it down.
An unexpected spin-off from having posted a picture of my “Easter-fied” IQS Choc Mint Slices via Instagram was that Sarah Wilson herself seemingly liked my idea, reposting* my image on her Instagram profile… which, in turn, generated a very generous response from her followers (of which there are over 60, 000!). CleanCheatsOfficial later picked my idea along with two others as their “pick of the very best cleancheats approved clean Easter treats”.
I know it’s probably rather sad of me to be touched by this, but having only “gone public” with my Instagram profile 10 days ago (and being a newbie when it comes to Instagram in general), I am rather thrilled to have had contact with some people who are inspirational to me right now*, Sarah Wilson being one of them. Not one to believe that relying on validation from others is a path to lasting happiness, I can still acknowledge that I am appreciative of kind support/encouragement in any form… especially when I’ve had a tendency to trivialise my own “little domestic pursuits” when sharing them with others (no matter how much satisfaction they bring to me).
Happy Easter to those who are celebrating! MM xx
*I feel like I am too new to Instagram to use terms like “regram” in an attempt to appear social media-savvy, but my brother assures me that this is what the act of reposting on Instagram is known as! Yep, I am a total dork!