Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mini Christmas Puddings

These little treats are always such a big hit - but they are SOOO easy to make!  Taken from, but I've also seen Nigella Lawson make a variation of them.  For the decorations on top, I've used red and green snake lollies in the past, or you can use little jellybeans.  But this year, I had some leftover royal icing (from these biscuits), so I decided to colour it and pipe it on.  I loved the result, but lollies are definitely easier and less fiddly.  A perfect treat for friends and family!

200g dark chocolate, chopped
700g dark fruit cake (I just use a generic brand from the supermarket)
1/3 cup orange juice (just add a bit at a time according to what you need)
1/2 cup icing sugar mixture, sifted
250g white chocolate melts
Lollies to decorate

Place dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth.

Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add dark chocolate, orange juice and sugar. Stir to combine. Cover. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm enough to handle.

Roll level tablespoons of cake mixture into balls. Place on baking trays lined with baking paper, flattening bases slightly so they sit on trays. Refrigerate until firm.

Melt white chocolate following method in step 1. Cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle over puddings to form 'custard' (see tip). Decorate with lollies.

When topping puddings with 'custard', work in batches of 10 at a time so the 'custard' doesn't set before adding lollies.


Kirsten Louise Watt said...

Hey Vanessa

I made these exact to the recipe tonight and the mixture came out really wet even after having heaps of time to firm up in the fridge so I had to add some cocoa and plain flour to thicken it a bit ... did you have any problem with the amount of moisture in it?

They taste great still though!!!

Thanks for the recipe!

Vanessa Gibson said...

Hey Kirsten, glad you loved them! I found them a little bit more moist than I would have liked, but no too bad. But thanks for the feedback, from now on I'll just add less liquid and see how it goes :-)