...or in this case one decent recipe out of two muck-ups!
You see, over the holidays I tried two new recipes. First - a cranberry sauce with dates. Second - white chocolate truffles.
The cranberry-date sauce was quite tasty, and I liked it, but I'm a bit of a cranberry sauce purist and so the dates thickened the sauce too much. I preferred the alternative cranberry sauce that I created which was far simpler and with fewer ingredients. So, as a sauce I didn't care for this date version, but thought "hmmm, as a mixture for date squares??..."
In the meantime I also tested some white chocolate truffles. Total wipe out! I'm talking complete and utter disaster! Now, I have been testing some very rich and far-out-fabulous chocolate truffles since about October. I thought I could sub the vegan white chocolate for the dark chocolate without much trouble. How wrong I was. The white chocolate mixture just ended up in a very thick, sticky type of sauce. I didn't want to chuck it, because I hate to waste ingredients, esp including vegan white chocolate which I order from the US (vegan essentials), and can be pricey with exchange/shipping.
So, I took out my Delish Date Square recipe from Vive, and I used the exact recipe for the crust (bottom and top), and then for the filling, I smoothed on the cranberry-date mixture, and then poured on some of the white chocolate sauce. Really, I should have used maybe 1/2 the white chocolate sauce, because as you can see, they were quite rich! Ahh, but it's the holidays after all, and we can justify all these rich, sweet treats.
How pleased I was with the results! White Chocolate Cranberry Date Squares. I would have liked these squares very much even with just the cranberry-date adaptation and no white chocolate - may work more on that sometime, but for now I'm happy to not have transformed two recipe flops into one recipe success!
btw - I'm not going to post our Christmas dinner, since most of us are tired of holiday dinners by now. But, if you do want to check it out, I posted it last year here. It is fabulous. Once a year we go all out making this meal, and it is 100% worth it. All the recipes are in TEV.