It won't come as a surprise to you that like most other 20-something girls, I absolutely freaking LOVE Christmas... but if you know me personally, you'll know that the love starts around July.
One of my favourite things about Christmas (apart from the festive drink choices, watching Elf on repeat, markets, mulled wine and general festiveness) is the food! I'm not talking your traditional Christmas turkey dinner on the 25th, but more so the cheese boards, the salamis, the puddings, the camemberts for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the yule logs, the *omg this market has waffles* waffles, the crepes, the fudge etc. etc. you get the picture.... I bloody love Christmas food!
When I was contacted to take part in this campaign, I thought, why the hell not? It brings together my love of baking (not cooking... I hate cooking) with Christmas! The brief asked for a twist on a Christmas classic so I got my thinking cap on (and maybe asked some of my friends to help/text them over and over again until they gave me an idea, thanks guys!!) and took to the internet.
I originally wanted to do a different kind of Christmas cookie, but when I thought more about it, cookies aren't really that Christmassy to me (but I did a batch anyway...) When I had a look around YouTube, I found this recipe for no-bake, Rice Krispie Christmas puddings which looked simple enough, and were a twist on a conventional Christmas pudding (which lets face it, no one is really that keen on anyway...) To give my puddings more of a twist, I decided to use Chocolate orange instead of regular cooking chocolate, plus I think this gives it more of a festive flavour.
Let's get started... (honestly, these puddings are one of the easiest things I have made and they taste amazing so please please do try this at home!)
You will need;
50g butter (I used stork because I already had this in the fridge, but non-baking butter will work fine)
100g rice krispies
200g milk chocolate (this is what I substituted with the chocolate orange)
100g white chocolate for decorating
Holly decorations / red & green fondant icing
Step 1: Melt the butter and the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or directly in a pan like so...
Step 2: Mix in the marshmallows and stir until they have melted. (This step did take longer than I expected and I didn't think the marshmallows were going to melt, but they did!)
Step 3: Add your rice kripies in and take off the heat. Stir the mixture well until all the ingredients have combined.
Step 4: Leave the mixture to firm up in the fridge. Once firm, mould into balls and leave on a baking tray in the fridge for a further 15 minutes (I left mine for slightly longer)
Step 5: Melt the white chocolate and put in a piping bag (I actually just used a spoon for this bit as I felt it was easier)
Step 6: Pop the holly decorations on top and back in the fridge to fully set. For my decorations, I used green fondant icing and cut the holly shape out with a cutter.
Step 7: Eat them!
How easy was that? And they taste delicious!
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