Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory at the Battle of Puebla. While it's a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, the United States 'Cinco de Mayo' has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.
Cinco de Mayo traditions include music performances, street festivals and parades throughout Mexico and the US.
To join in on the celebrations, I've teamed up with some amazing bloggers to share some exciting Mexcian recipes. So check out the links at the bottom of the post for more.....
Although I have taken a little - twist in mine and chosen some incredibly Mexican flavours and created something, non-traditional with them.
The three most prominent flavours that leap to mind (for me) are Chilli, Lime and Cocoa.
Chilli - well needs no further introduction, and lime has adorned many a Corona and Margarita in my lifetime, that it is synonomis with Mexico. Cocoa, on the other hand, is the dark horse amongst this trio..... as there is some amazing chocolate houses in Europe.... BUT the Cacao bean was Mexicos gift to the world - over 3000 years ago, they would grind it with a little chilli or vanilla for a hot drink... Hot Chocolate.
So here we have the truffle version.....
200g Dark Chocolate (I used 100g 90% Cocoa, and 100g Chilli Chocolate from Lindt)
5g Chilli flakes (or to taste)
10g Lime zest (or to taste)
Unsweetened Cocoa powder for coating
Chop the chocolate finely and place in a large bowl.
Heat the Cream to 'almost' boiling point and then pour it over the chocolate,
stir in the butter - very gently, to combine everything slowly.
Divide the mix into two bowls and add the chilli to one, the lime zest to the other.
Set aside both bowls for a day to let it set.
Shape into small balls (or any shape really) and roll in the cocoa powder.
Enjoy your little tastes (and history) of Mexico,from other great foodie bloggers......
Charlotte's - Pastel de tres Leches
Samantha's - Huevos Rancheros