Sunday, October 30, 2016

Chocolate mice and Happy Diwali

Today is Diwali or should I say Deepawali. And Diwali invokes lots of good old memories- Rangoli decorations, bursting crackers, and eating ‘kheel’ and ‘khilona’ (you know those sugary things moulded into various shapes of animals).Stocking up fire-crackers and drying them in the sun, in case they were still wet somehow (god knows how many times we used to go upstairs to our terrace to check them in between). Putting up light bulbs on terrace or balcony, checking with a tester and feeling elated to become an electrician for the time being, gorging on home-made sweets that our mothers would churn out for these past couple of days. When I look back (yes, I do like to do from time to time. Everyone has their own share of memories. I would say treasure them and re-visit them from time to time, but be ready to make new and fresh memories.) And I have stacks of all those memories, and that includes memories associated with Diwali as well.

Here wishing everyone a very happy Diwali.

Shubh Deepawali everyone.May festival of light brings you loads of happiness, peace and prosperity.

Our residential complex had a Halloween potluck get –together couple of days ago. I happened to make these chocolate mice which was well received by the crowd. Little ones specifically adored these cute, tiny chocolate mice. 
I made about 60 of them and not a single mice was left. So you can imagine how delicious these can be.

Now to the recipe for chocolate mice

 Chocolate mice

Recipe requirements – makes 60 small mice

adapted from here
500 Gms of oats chocolate biscuit crumbs
4 chocolate bars 100 Gms each
5-6 tbs of sour cream (can use thick yogurt as well)
For decorations
  1 cup of chocolate biscuit crumble
Almond flakes about 1 cup for ears or 120 almond flakes
Dragees for eyes – 120
 Carrot thin juliennes for tails- 60

Crush chocolate biscuits in a mixer or with rolling pin. I have used oats and chocolate biscuit to make it healthy. But you can use any other chocolate biscuits.
Melt chocolate bars in microwave for about a mint.
In a big mixing bowl – mix together oats chocolate crumble with melted chocolate. Add in sour cream and bind them well. Check with a tsp of sample and try to roll, if they stick together the mixture is ready to be shaped in like little mice.
Store it in fridge for about an hour. This will help it to help in shaping of mice.
Now take out about a table spoon of the mixture and start shaping in to rounds. Now at one end slightly, mould to a point (the nose) to form mice.
Roll each mice over the biscuit crumble to coat it evenly. 
Now put dragees for eyes. Almond flakes for ears and carrot thin juliennes for the tail. 
You can use strawberry juliennes as well for tails.

Chill at least for about 2-3 hrs or until they are all firm.

Happy Cooking 

Wish you all a very happy Diwali and a happy Halloween 


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