I first saw these Mini Christmas Puddings at a playgroup a few years ago. They looked impressive and once I found out how easy they were, I’ve been making them at Christmas ever since! This year my two girls also helped. There are a lot of versions out there, these are my own personal twist. The way I like to cook is to throw in approximate measures, so I need recipes which can cope with this and still turn out well! This seems to be one, so you can take all measures below as approximate.
- 1 store bought fruit cake (I use the Aldi 800g light version)
- 3 tablespoons apricot jam
- 150g dark chocolate melts
- 150g white chocolate melts
- Red & Green lollies (such as raspberries & mint leaves)
2. Add around 3 tablespoons of apricot jam (Miss 4 was rather flexible with this, adding very heaped tablespoons)
5. Roll about a tablespoon of mixture into a ball. If this is difficult, you can put the mixture into the fridge for 10 minutes to make it more firm. Miss 4 really enjoyed this step and did quite a good job (all those years of practicing with play dough no doubt!)
6. Cut up pieces of red & green lollies to represent leaves & holly berries. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave (again about a minute on high, stirring half way through). Drizzle this on top of each mini pudding. (Again depending on the consistency of your puddings, you might like to put them in the fridge for a while first to make them firmer). Before the white chocolate dries, press in the lollies. (Though I learnt if you were too late, you could add another little dab of melted chocolate!).
7. Store in the fridge….not sure how long they last in terms of “best before” because they have never lasted more than a couple of days once I have made them! I put them in a nice Christmas tin alongside Chocolate Snowballs as a gift for the daycare staff, and stuck a little thank you note inside the tin lid.
Last year I saved some egg cartons and bought some mini cupcake papers:
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