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Christmas Canapés Recipe

23rd December 2016
Superfoodio-chestnut-flour-crackers

These chestnut flour crackers are topped with cream cheese and a delicious fig relish.  The perfect Christmas canapés to serve at Christmas parties during the festive period.

Serves 4-5 people  | Prep Time 45 mins  |  Cooking time 15 mins

 

INGREDIENTS

For the crackers:

– 60g plain flour
– 50g chestnut flour or flour of your choice
– A large pinch of salt
– 1/4 tsp crushed fennel seeds
– 1/2 tsp fresh thyme chopped finely
– 60g coconut oil
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 tbsp crème fraiche

For the cream cheese:

– 1 tbsp cream cheese or soft cheese of your choice, such as Goats Cheese
– 1 tbsp crème fraiche

For the fig relish:

– 1/2 tbsp olive oil
– 1/2 onion thinly sliced
– 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– 75g coconut sugar
– Zest and juice of 1 lemon
– 1 thumb sized piece of ginger grated
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 140g fresh figs quartered with stalks removed

METHOD

For the crackers:

Start by combining all of the dry ingredients and mix well.  Add in the coconut oil and use your fingertips to make into a breadcrumb consistency.

Next, pour in the oil and crème fraîche and combine into a dough.  Wrap the dough in cling film and flatten into a disc shape and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  During this time heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a tray with baking paper.

After 30 minutes, take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out to a thickness of 1-2cm between two pieces of cling film.  Using a cutter, cut the dough into disc shapes and place on the baking tray.  Place them in the oven for around 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Take them out and cool on a wire rack.

For the cream cheese:

Mix together the crème fraîche with the soft cheese and season with salt and pepper.

For the fig relish:

To make the fig relish, start by heating the oil and gently fry the onions for 5 minutes or until lightly brown and caramelised.  Add the other ingredients for the relish, apart from the figs and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add the figs and cook for another 15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced to a thick texture, stirring occasionally.  Allow to cool before transferring to a container.

When serving, top the crackers with a dollop of cream cheese, followed by the fig relish.  Prepare all of the crackers like this and serve as canapés.

 

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