Naomi of, Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried chose Canapes, for the theme of March. Which makes some of us wonder... What is a canape? After reading her post and seeing her beautiful photograph I completely understood. A canape is a decorative food, held in the fingers and eaten in one bite. They are usually served at parties as cocktail food, and they are often sour and sweet, salty or spicy.
These Raspberry Cream Canapes are both sour and sweet. The texture of the fruit on your tongue is also part of the appeal. They would be perfect with champagne. I piped them with my Vanilla Pudding, using a bag I made from unbleached parchment paper. It took hardly any time at all, but even more quickly than they were assembled, they were gobbled up by my family!
I had some left-over pudding in the bag, and didn't want it to go to waste. So I took my Mint Chocolate Brownies out of the fridge (yes, I pretty much always have some in there :-)), and cut them into tiny bites. Then I piped the pudding on like frosting. They too were eaten up in a matter of seconds.
After canapes that were sour and sweet we were in the mood for something salty and spicy, like Cream Filled Jalapeno Olives. I made a small rue, using 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of brown rice flour, in a heated pot, and whisking in 1/2 cup cashew milk. When it was thick and creamy I added Herbamare seasoning and garlic powder to taste, and put it in the freezer to chill. Half an hour later I piped it into jalapeno stuffed olives, cut in half, jalapenos removed. The olives were salty and spicy, while the filling was creamy with a hint of garlic. A sprinkle of paprika made them look pretty and finished.
Perhaps we wont eat a meal, but continue making canapes all day :-)