8.12.11

AN EASY PEASY CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS...

It is a little Christmas tradition in our house, starting from my childhood, to make little Christmas puddings.  Before you go getting all impressed at my skills in the kitchen, it is simply an Arnott's Chocolate Royal biscuit with some white chocolate, a jaffa and some sliced mint leaf lollies.  I love an cheat's easy peasy recipe.  You might remember these from last year.


This will be our MOPS craft activity today. Nice and simple as per usual.  While Goose & Bear were at school & kinder yesterday, Frog & I made a few samples and packaged some up as gifts to give to the ladies who look after the kids each fortnight at MOPS.


I feel like I have melted an enormous amount of chocolate over the last few weeks for various recipes.  My new favourite thing to do since, by trial and error I've discovered the fool-proof, no-fail chocolate melting technique.  Stay tuned later this week for a post on melting chocolate and another easy peasy chocolate recipe.


A little reward for the jaffa and mint leaf placer...
or was that just plugging the hole to stop the incessant "can i have one, can i have one, can i have one, can i have one... can I lick the spoon, can I lick the spoon, can I lick the spoon..."


Oh look there is one of the clay tags that we made last week.


And a pudding for one...


With the leftover white chocolate still in the saucepan, I tried something I've wanted to do for a while.  We made some Candy Cane bark.


Simply add a few drops of peppermint essence to the melted chocolate, pour onto a small tray covered in baking paper, then sprinkle some crushed candy canes over the top and let it set.  
We based our recipe on this one over here.  



 Once set, you break it into pieces and package into nice little gifts.  
This was so ridiculously easy.  Next time I would like to try a mixture of dried cranberries and pistachios on some dark chocolate, and without the essence, for a more adult Christmas treat.  I've also seen it done with layers of white and milk chocolate or swirling the two together.  The possibilities are endless.


For more easy peasy recipe ideas you might like to check out the FGB easy recipe page.


What are your easy peasy 'go-to' Christmas recipes each year?  Do share.

15 comments:

Ange Moore said...

Love those little puddings! But I have been struggling to find mint leaves about the place this year - might have to search a bit harder!

And we've been making chocolate bark for a few years now for our Christmas goodie boxes - very yummy and easy too!

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Ange, I was having lots of trouble finding mint leaves this year too. I ended up finding it at a specialty supermarket, but I have since heard it is available at Kmart. Hope you manage to find some!

Amy said...

They are just too cute Emma!

I think we are going to have to try both the puddings and the chocolate bark next week!

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

looks delicious, will make beautiful gifts.

ally said...

Stop teasing and tell me about the melted choc thing - I've done so many wands this year and still haven't got it right.
So trying the bark too!

Sannah said...

They are SO cute, my kiddies would love them, although I think I need to detox the two year old in the house after playgroup the other day - serious sugar hangover there :)
Hope you have an extra special weekend :)
xx

CC said...

I'll have to try making candy cane bark. I am not a fan of candy canes but I think I can make an exception if chocolate is also involved...

Mama of 2 boys said...

This all looks deliciously fab Emma! I am loving those little puddings. What a clever idea, thank you for sharing :o) xo
Oh your little lady is adorable, she always has so much expression, beautiful!

annie said...

I saw some of that air dry clay in the dollar shop and wondered if it worked. I'm off to buy some tomorrow. Love the tags too and the puts might fill a lot of present sacks for the 'lations

Kirsty said...

Love the little boxes (and the cup) where are they from?

Jo Romero said...

All your home made gifts look so gorgeous! This year I'm making a chocolate loaf cake with white and dark chocolate icing and giving it out to friends. Sounds really simple but people love when you bake, or make them something yourself :) Love your ideas here.

Simoney said...

AWESOME idea! they look FAB boxed up. Too easy

maggy, red ted art said...

Oh my these look yummy and they look fabulous all wrapped up. What neat gifts!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!!

Maggy

Saskia (1=2) said...

Ohhhh these are fantastic. Love any excuse to enjoy a chocolate royal!

Saskia (1=2) said...

Ohhhh these are fantastic. Love any excuse to enjoy a chocolate royal!

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