Sunday, December 13, 2009

christmas pudding truffles

Last year, Dan and I made loads of these cute sweets after Dan saw Nigella making them on TV. We searched for ages for the recipe and ended up finding the programme on iPlayer and writing it down. Since then I've found it on one blog but nowhere else. So I thought I'd add it here for everyone else to enjoy and so there's twice as much chance of people finding it if they google.

- 125g best-quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 350g leftover, or freshly cooked and cooled, Christmas pudding
- 60ml sherry
- 2 x 15ml tablespoons golden syrup

and for the decorations
- 100g white chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 red glacé cherries
- 6 green glacé cherries, or 6 short lengths angelica
(this was the fiddly bit - this year I might try white icing, food colouring and a tiny paintbrush)

So here's how to do it...

Melt the dark chocolate and then mix it in with the crumbled up Christmas pudding, sherry and syrup. Roll into balls and put each ball into a mini cake case.

Then top the balls with melted white chocolate and arrange 2 pieces of green and 1 red cherry on top to look like holly.

The sweet-making bit is easy. The decoration bit not so much and after about 6 you'll be asking yourself why you even bothered to start this project. All that will be forgotten though, once you see people's faces when you give them these cute sweets you've made.


[edited to add:]
Here's a picture of this year's production. This was using double the quantities in the recipe and produced 81 truffles.

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