Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy New Year and the easy peasy Cranberry and White Chocolate Party Bites

How will you be waving cheerio to 2011 and celebrating the New Year?

Joining the hundreds of thousands expected to 'ohh' and 'ahhhh' in delight at the London Eye Fireworks Display?

Perhaps getting a head start on the traditional January-hitting-the-gym-thing and running off the Christmas Pud in the annual Nos Galan Race in Mountain Ash?

Or will you be drinking your body weight in celebratory cocktails, one last hurrah before the austerity of a bleak 2012?

Maybe you'll be on the sofa, champers in one hand, a plate of reheated turkey curry in the other, watching Jools and co in the annual Hootenanny?

Quite possibly you're on the guest list for Pippa Middleton's New Year bash and fretting over what to wear to ensure your rear* looks as marginally as good as that of (quoting from the tabloids) 'her Royal Hotness'?

I'm oncall at the hospital all weekend so it'll be a woefully early night, munching on any leftovers and grieving for Christmas. Plus chomping down a few of these, which, incidentally, are the easiest peasiest homemade foodie gift you could possibly present to your party host/Pippa Middleton.

Cranberry and White Chocolate Party Bites
(makes 15)

100g white chocolate
A handful dried cranberries

1. Melt the chocolate either in short 30 second bursts in a microwave or in a bowl suspended over a pan of gently simmering water
2. Pour the chocolate into small silicone cases or moulds
3. Add a few dried cranberries on top and pop in the fridge until set

Baker's notes...
  • This are so easy I feel bad blogging about them. But as I'm too busy catching up on Christmas telly (Downton Abbey! Ab Fab! Strictly Special! The Borrowers! Dr Who!) proper baking will have to wait til the New Year
  • Have a lovely, lovely New Year celebration what ever you may be doing and all the very best for 2012.

* 14 hours may not be enough time, but you could invest in this DVD, The Perfect Pilates Bum, by Margot Campbell, credited with honing Ms Middleton's rear


  1. Yummy, I made something similar and they were delicious. Happy New Year! Jude x

  2. These bites look scrummy. Happy new year to you!
    Used to celebrate this day in big style (a big mad party in Rome comes to mind), but with two kids it will be a very quiet occasion.
    As for Pippa's bum, don't think it would have made the headlines, if she didn't become a member of the dysfunctional family by proxy.

  3. Happy New Year!! Hope work wont be too bad, I'm on call on Mon. Love these little cranberry bites - I added pistachios to mine for extra crunch! Look forward to reading more of your blog next year.

  4. These are really cute, I imagine these would make awesome foodie christmas gifts too *stores idea in brain for next year* I must admit that I'm a boring fart and will probably be doing very little this evening!

    Wishing you and the blog a Happy New Year!

  5. I am catering for friends and family and cooking duck with pomegranates.....with CHOCOLATE buche de Noel for dessert!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR Kate-Kins!
    I hope that you don't get called out too many times......lots of love,

  6. happy new year Kate love these chocolates hope you are on call from home at least x

  7. I celebrated by sleeping lol. Hope you had a great time, and with those little party delights who wouldn't! Happy New Year to you.

  8. I'm a bit "bah humbug" about the new year, so it was at home with a good book for me!

    Happy new year!

  9. We celebrate in a very low key, family oriented fashion - just the way I like it, I don't miss my partying days at all!
    Happy new year, Kate :o)

  10. Happy 2012!

    I always love the combination of white chocolate and cranberry...Yum!

    This is my first time visiting your blog and love browsing through your list of delicious baking and cooking. And, so I'm your latest follower :D

  11. WOW, I LOOOOOOOOOVE it, soo yummy and amazing, Thank you for sharing, I am glad to follow you :)

  12. I love your blog,it looks fab!please visit my blog because i'm new and because you seem so talanted,i could use your advise.


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