Boo, it’s our last takeover post from our blogging buddy Liv Purvis, from What Olivia Did…but she’s going out with a bang, with three easy, delicious ideas for party drinks and canapés, yay! That’s our New Year’s Eve get together sorted – cheers everyone!
“Whether you’re seeing in the New Year with family, dancing along to the Hootenanny or having a quiet night in, I’ve put together two of my favourite canapé recipes and a cheeky cocktail idea. These are my go-tos – perfect for sharing or enjoying solo – and I hope you enjoy them too. Happy New Year!”
Fig, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Crostini
1 sourdough baguette
1 pack prosciutto ham
1 ball mozzarella
Extra virgin olive oil
Cocktail sticks (optional)
Cut the baguette into 3cm wide slices and place in a preheated oven (around 150°C) to warm through and toast up a little.
Break up the mozzarella and slice the figs into quarters.
Layer each slice of warm bread with mozzarella, ham and fig. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and secure with a cocktail stick (optional). This is also delicious with tomato, basil and balsamic vinegar, or you could try a different cheese such as blue or goat’s.
Pistachio Biscotti with Sea Salted Dark Chocolate
30g chopped white chocolate
250g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
200g golden caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g dark chocolate
Flaky sea salt
Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan assisted). Chop the nuts and white chocolate into small pieces then combine with the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should have quite a dry consistency – if it’s too wet, add a little extra flour, and if it’s too dry, add a splash of milk.
Shape the dough into two 30cm x 4cm logs. Place the logs on a greased baking tray and bake for 25 minutes before removing from the oven. Leave the logs on the tray to cool for a few minutes before slicing them diagonally into individual biscuits. Arrange the biscotti cut side up back on the baking tray. Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C and put the biscotti back in for about 15 minutes to crisp up.
Remove the biscotti from the oven and leave to cool. In the meantime, gently melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, then leave it to cool slightly.
Once the biscotti are cool, dip the ends into the melted chocolate and sprinkle with a dash of sea salt before putting them in the fridge to set.
Sweet Cranberry, Elderflower and Lemonade Cocktail
60ml sparkling elderflower
70ml cranberry juice
2 capfuls vodka (optional)
2 ice cubes
Using a tumbler (or cocktail mixer), combine all the ingredients, ice included, and give them a good stir or shake. Once mixed, serve in your favourite cocktail glass with a slice of lemon. This is also a great drink to make in large quantities for serving as punch, making it fantastic for bigger parties too!
For a virgin, non-alcoholic cocktail, substitute the vodka for a squeeze of lemon.
Find more delicious recipes from What Olivia Did here and keep an eye on the blog for more delicious recipes in 2016!