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19 Dec

Easy Festive Sweet Treats to Enjoy This Christmas

There’s something cosy and comforting about baking, especially throughout the festive season. With Christmas music playing, twinkly lights flashing and cinnamon candles burning in the backgroundI can picture the scene just thinking about it.  

If you’re not a pro baker, don’t feel like you need to pull out all the stops to create the most epic Christmas Cake or Yule Log you’ve ever seen. These easy to make sweet treats can be a great crowd pleaser for the family or to simply have stashed away on the run up to Christmas.   

I’ve selected some super simple, no-fuss bakes which can be personalised to your own taste. Swap the Quality Street for Toblerone, The Terry’s Chocolate Orange for After Eight or the Baileys for Amaretto – you do you!  

Now let’s appreciate this Christmas more than ever. Unwind, be present and eat the ultimate food of the year, we truly do deserve it…

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Quality Street Rocky Road

Ingredients:

100g Mini Marshmallows  

125g Unsalted Butter 

125g Golden Syrup 

200Digestive / Rich Tea Biscuits  

200g Dark Chocolate  

200g Milk Chocolate 

600g Quality Street 

 

Method: 
  1. Line a square tin with parchment paper – you do not want these nuggets of joy to stick and crumble 
  2. Break up the chocolate into similar sized pieces. Melt in a large bowl with the golden syrup and butter. I recommend doing this over a hob to ensure the mixture is smooth and does not burn!  
  3. Meanwhile, crush up your biscuits – these can be as chunky or fine as you wish. 
  4. Once everything has melted and combined, it should form a glossy smooth mixture. Now it’s time to add in the mini marshmallows and crushed biscuits.   
  5. Next, pour in the best bit – quality street! If you want smaller pieces feel free to roughly chop these beforehand.  
  6. Fold everything together – you want to work quickly before the marshmallows melt and become very sticky!  
  7. Pour into the pre-lined tin and spread evenly.  
  8. Place in the fridge for a few hours until set. 
  9. Chop up the rocky road into bitesize chunks or larger squares – these are extremely rich so a little is more than enough to satisfy those sweet cravings!  

Baileys Truffles

Ingredients:

300g Dark Chocolate 

300g Milk Chocolate 

300 ml Double Cream 

200 ml Baileys 

To Decorate:

300g Milk Chocolate 

50g White Chocolate 

50g Candy Canes 

 

Method: 
  1. Break or chop up the chocolate into small pieces and add to a large bowl 
  2. Pour the double cream and baileys into a pan and heat gently, but not to boiling point!  
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the chocolate and allow to set. 
  4. Once set give the mixture a good whisk together until it is smooth and fully combined.  
  5. Leave the mixture in the fridge until it has set solid.  
  6. Once set, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls –think of a truffle shape. 
  7. When all the truffles are formed, place these in the freezer until hardened  
  8. Meanwhile, melt the remaining chocolate. 
  9. Once the truffles are out of the freezer, coat in the melted milk chocolate and allow to harden. 
  10. Optional – melt white chocolate and crush some candy canes to drizzle on top.  
  11. Alternatively, you can dust the truffles with icing sugar or edible glitter.  

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Twists

Ingredients:

1x Ready Roll Puff Pastry 

300g Terry’s Chocolate Orange –you can also opt for forerro rocher, salted caramel or biscuit spread 

Icing sugar for dusting (Optional) 

 

Method: 
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C Fan). Line baking tray with parchment paper. 
  2. Melt 200g of the terry’s chocolate orange over a low heat or in the microwave.  
  3. Spread the melted chocolate over one half of the puff pastry sheetChop up the remaining chocolate into chunks and sprinkle on top. 
  4. Fold the plain side of the pastry on top of the chocolate. 
  5. Cut into 6 even strips, then twist each strip multiple times. 
  6. Space the twists onto the prepared tray. 
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and crisp.  
  8. Dust with icing sugar and enjoy on Christmas morning with a coffee. 

Gingerbread Fudge

Ingredients:

1 tin of Condensed Milk  

400g White Chocolate 

½ tsp Vanilla Extract 

125g Icing Sugar 

3tsp Ginger  

½tsp Ground Nutmeg 

½tsp Ground Cinnamon 

Mini Gingerbread Men 

 

Method: 
  1. First you want to line a baking dish with parchment paper. 
  2. Next, melt the white chocolatecondensed milk and vanilla extract over a low heat. 
  3. Add the spices and continue stirring until all the ingredients are combined. 
  4. Once melted, tip in the sieved icing sugar and stir well– the mixture will become stiff so work quickly! 
  5. Chop up 3/4 of the gingerbread men and reserve the rest for decoration. 
  6. Pour in the chopped gingerbread and quickly stir through. 
  7. Pour into the lined baking dish and smooth out the fudge evenly.  
  8. Place and press the remaining mini gingerbread men on top – or any other sprinkles you prefer. 
  9. Allow to set in the fridge for a minimum of 3-4 hours. 
  10. Once set, remove from the dish and cut into delicious, bite-sized chunks. 

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Tori Hartin

Petite Irish girl in Leeds with a penchant for cocktails, coffee and clothes...

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