Boozy Chocolate Christmas Pudding Truffles (v)

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Another quick and easy gift idea here. These are a little sticky to roll so don’t be afraid to just dollop them into cases if you can’t make them into round balls.

For about 30 truffles you need

  • 454g christmas pudding
  • 125g dark chocolate, melted
  • 65ml brandy
  • 40g sifted icing sugar with a little extra for dusting
  1. Crumble the pudding into a bowl and mix in the brandy. Add the melted chocolate and icing sugar and mix into a sticky dough.
  2. Leave for 5-10 mins to let the chocolate begin to set a little then with cold hands and working quickly take teaspoons of the mix and roll into balls in the palms of your hands. Place into petit four cases.
  3. Dust with icing sugar and edible glitter and leave to set. These are boozy so best not to let the kids scoff them! Father Christmas would appreciate one though I am sure!

Dairy Free Peanut Butter Brownies

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I’ve long wondered what peanut butter brownies taste like, and now I know. These are a doddle to make – done and dusted in under 45 mins. Not bad for a work night when you’ve run out of cake and need a chocolate hit quick stat! They’re very rich so eat is small pieces! The original recipe is here but I’ve tweaked the method, mainly because I didn’t read it properly but they don’t seem to have suffered for it…

For 16 squares you need

  • 225g peanut butter
  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 280g light soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g plain flour

Gently heat the chocolate, peanut butter and sugar in a pan until gloopy.

Beat in the eggs one at a time then add the flour. Scrape into a lined brownie tin and bake at 175 degrees for 25-30 mins. You want a serious amount of goo left in the middle once cooked as they’ll firm up on cooling.

Cut into 16 squares and devour. They’re especially nice served warm with raspberry sorbet.

The dark side: plain chocolate rocky road 

  
My son asked for rocky road made with plain chocolate, digestives, mini marshmallows and glacĂ© cherries. So I obliged. And the result was rich but not sickly, and really rather delicious. 

For 16 bars you need

  • 300g plain chocolate
  • 125g butter
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 150g digestive biscuits, some crushed to dust; some bite size chunks
  • 200g glacĂ© cherries
  • 150g mini marshmallows 

Melt together the chocolate, butter and syrup in a bowl over simmering water. 

Once melted mix into the dry ingredients. Pack into a lined tin and leave to set. Cut into bars, scoff.