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How to make saffron and white chocolate truffles for Christmas

Saffron is Sweden's Christmas spice, but John Duxbury's recipe for these soft, smooth truffles is good at the end of a meal at any time of year.

How to make saffron and white chocolate truffles for Christmas
Saffron and white chocolate truffles. Photo: John Duxbury/Swedish Food

Summary

Makes about 20

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Total: 25 minutes plus chilling time

Tips

– I like to serve the truffles with some fruit to offset the sweetness. Some good figs or nice tangy physalis go well.

– The truffles keep well and can be frozen, but they will absorb the sugar so they will need recoating before serving.

– If they are too sweet for you, try rolling them in chopped pistachios or almonds instead of icing sugar (confectioner's sugar).

Ingredients

200 g (7 oz) good quality white chocolate

100 ml (7 tbsp) whipping cream (heavy whipping cream)

2 tsp honey

1 tbsp butter

0.4 g (1/50 oz) saffron threads, 1 small packet

60 g (½ cup) icing sugar (powder sugar)

Method

1. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and put them in a bowl.

2. Heat the cream, honey, butter and saffron in a small saucepan, stirring until it comes to the boil.

3. Remove from the heat and pour the cream over the white chocolate. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes before stirring and then stir thoroughly to ensure that all the chocolate has melted. If not, place the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water and stir until it is all melted.

4. Allow the chocolate mixture to cool down until firm. This will take at least 30 minutes at room temperature or leave it overnight in a fridge.

Recipe published courtesy of John Duxbury, founder and editor of Swedish Food.

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CHRISTMAS

When is the deadline for sending Christmas gifts inside and outside Sweden?

The deadlines for sending Christmas cards and gifts to friends, family and loved ones outside of Sweden are already starting to arrive, with Postnord's Christmas cut-off point for economy letters outside the EU falling this Thursday. Here are the rest of the Christmas postal deadlines.

When is the deadline for sending Christmas gifts inside and outside Sweden?

Sweden’s main postal operator Postnord has now posted up its full list of Christmas post deadlines for 2022, with the first deadline, for economy letters sent outside the EU falling this Thursday, November 24th. 

The company expects to be able to deliver all letters posted by the deadlines in time for Christmas Eve. 

November 24th: 

This is the date by which you have to post ‘varubrev’ parcels of up to 2kg, or ‘ekonomibrev’ second-class mail if you want them to reach a destination outside the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland.

This is also the deadline to send a card by ‘ekonomibrev’ second-class mail if you want them to reach a destination outside the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. 

November 28th: 

This is the date by which you have to post first class letters, letters with tracking, pre-paid parcels, first class parcels of up to 2kg, Parcel Post International parcels of up to 20kg, and postcards from the Postnord app if you want them to reach countries outside Europe and Iceland. 

December 5th: 

This is the date by which you have to post first-class letters, pre-paid parcels, letters with tracking, first class parcels of up to 2KG, Parcel Post International parcels of up to 20kg, and postcards from the Postnord app if you want them to reach countries in Europe but outside the EU.

December 9th: 

This is the date by which you have to post ‘varubrev’ parcels of up to 2kg or ekonomibrev second-class mail if you want them to reach the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. 

December 12th: 

This is the date by which you have to send first-class letters, letters with tracking, pre-paid parcels, first class parcels of up to 2kf, Parcel Post International parcels of up to 20KG, PostNord Parcel packages (up to 31.5kg outside Nordics, 35kg within Nordics), MyPack Home and Mypack Collect parcels, and postcards from the Postnord app if you want them to reach the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. 

December 15th: 

This is the date by which you have to send letters or cards with a special Christmas post stamp, or julpostfrimärke if you want them to arrive to destinations inside Sweden. 

December 19th: 

This is the date by which you have to post ‘varubrev’ parcels of up to 2kg, or ekonomibrev second-class mail if you want them to reach a destination within Sweden.

December 20th: 

This is the date by which you have to send real postcards sent through the Postnord app if you want them to arrive at a destination in Sweden. 

December 21st: 

This is the date by which you have to send first-class letters, pre-paid parcels, and small packages for delivery through the letterbox if you want them to arrive at a destination in Sweden.

This is also the cut off date for services such as Postnord MyPack Home, PostNord MyPack Home small, PostNord MyPack Collect, and Postpaket parcels.  

December 22nd: 

This is the date by which you have to send first class ‘varubrev’ small parcels and express mail letters, and express parcels. 

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