Friday, January 14, 2011

Mini Christmas Puddings

I think that in all honesty - these are my favourite little treat ever!!!!!!!!!
They are just so very tasty.
Easy enough, although a little time in involved - but well worth it :-)

If you have a vegan fruit cake on handy - use it! 
Or else a quick recipe:
You'll need 1/2kg dried fruit -either prepacked fruit or chop your own apricots, figs & sultanas
Soak the fruit in 1/2 litre of fruit juice (pineapple or grape works wells)
Leave to absorb the juice for between 12 to 48 hours.
Add 1 cup wholemeal flour, 1 cup plain flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, touch of nutmeg, cinnamon & other spices you enjoy.
Bake for 1 hour (or until cooked through) at 160C.

(For those who have dairy allergies but eat egg, Woolworths Home brand dark fruit cake is dairy free, I note that each year store-bought Christmas cakes vary, but most years there is one available that is vegan.)

Crumble your dark fruit cake into a mixing bowl. 
Melt 150g dark cooking chocolate & add it to the mixing bowl along with 1 cup of orange juice. (You could alternatively use 3/4 cup orange juice & 1/4 cup rum).
Take spoonfuls of he mixture and mould into balls - doesn't need to be perfectly shaped. I found pressing 2 spoons together worked well. Place balls into cases.
Refrigerate until set. 
Melt 150g white chocolate (Sweet William White Chocolate works really well over a double boiler) and dribble over the set pudding balls.
Decorate with cute up pieces of red & green jelly beans or snakes or other lollies of your choice.
Refrigerate again to set white chocolate.

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