Sunday, December 2, 2012

Teachers' Xmas Gifts: Mini Christmas Puddings

The end of the school year is fast approaching and that means coming up with Christmas gifts for the kids' teachers and teacher's aides. I like to make something handmade for them, but since we usually have close to a dozen teachers, it can't be something elaborate or expensive.



These mini puddings are so simple to make that I even got the kids involved. I have had this recipe since home ec at school and it is a real winner, and super cheap; each present (including the jars and the ornaments) came to less than $2.50 each. If you had recycled jars already, and skipped the ornament, then the puddings only cost 85c per half dozen serve.

Mini Christmas Puddings


2 x 700g Light Fruit Cakes
200g block dark cooking chocolate, melted
4 tbs brandy or rum
200g white chocolate melts, melted
red and green icing or red and green glace cherries
silver cachous
Christmas pattern mini muffin paper cups

  1. In food processor or blender, process fruit cakes into crumbs.
  2. Tip into bowl, add melted dark choc and brandy, and stir well to combine.
  3. Roll heaped teaspoonfuls into balls, and place into mini muffin cups.
  4. Pour melted white choc into a zip loc bag, seal, and snip a tiny bit off one corner. Use to pipe "custard" on top of puddings, and allow to set.
  5. Using red and green icing, pipe three red dots for holly berries, three green lines for holly leaves, and top with a silver cachou.
  6. If using glace cherries, snip little pieces of cherries, and place on top of the puddings while white chocolate is still wet.
  7. Depending on the weather, you may need to store these in the fridge
I packaged six per jar, and then had the kids sign their name and write their teachers' names on the back of each ornament to make it a memento they could keep even after the puddings have been devoured.


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