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Frozen Champagne Mousse With Mini-Meringues, Champagne Truffles and Orange Segments (Champagne) December 23, 2015

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Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (2 of 2)This dessert platter was the final part of the Champagne Dinner.


The recipe is based on Nigella’s basic meringue.

I added approx 1 tbsp of finely grated orange zest after all the sugar had been incorporated. I also piped mine onto trays rather than using a spoon. These meringues were the best part of the dessert and I will make again.

Champagne Mousse

The recipe comes from SprinkleBakes blog.

I didn’t love the texture. Probably wouldn’t make again or if I did I wouldn’t freeze it.

Champagne Truffles

The recipe is from Martha Stewart.

I replaced cognac with Cointreau. I also found that the truffles kept absorbing the sugar so they didn’t look as lovely as those on the web – tasted good though!


Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting (Champagne) December 23, 2015

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Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (1 of 2)This was part of the dessert in the Champagne dinner.

I looked at heaps of recipes online for these cupcakes but this was the one I settled on because it used whole eggs rather than egg whites. I also made it with gluten free flour. The batter looked and smelled delicious but they were pretty hard and dense and not light and fluffy like I had hoped once they were cooked – perhaps that’s why most other recipes used egg whites or perhaps it was the gluten free flour. Either way, I’m not in a rush to make these again.

Champagne December 23, 2015

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On Monday 2nd November (the night before the Melbourne Cup), Laura hosted the Champagne dinner. Laura did the savoury courses and Jacinta made the sweet ones.


Champagne Theme - Laura's Entree (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Laura's Entree (2 of 2)

To begin the meal, Laura served us champagne chicken liver pate, and Nigella’s champagne risotto.


Champagne Theme - Laura's Main (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Laura's Main (2 of 2)

Laura’s main course was chicken with champagne and mushroom sauce and a delicious champagne and strawberry salad.


Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (1 of 2) Champagne Theme - Jacinta's Dessert (2 of 2)

To conclude the meal, Jacinta made champagne cupcakes with strawberry frosting and a dessert platter of frozen champagne mousse with mini meringues and truffles.