Vohn’s Vittles

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Christmas Pudding Truffles

on November 15, 2013

Hello dear reader,

This is my sixth recipe in the series that I have developed for Mackays, the Scottish makers of marmalades, preserves, curds and conserves.

You can read all about Mackays, and how I got involved with their blogger challenges, in my previous Mackays recipes…

Baking with Mackays

Strawberry Crunch Ice cream

Chocolate Lime Tart

Chocolate and Orange Marmalade Cupcakes

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Christmas with Mackays

Beetroot and Bramble Puffed Tartlets, with Sugared Walnuts

Spiced Ginger Baked Camembert

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For this recipe I wanted to do something really Christmassy and what says Christmas more than chocolate truffles?  Well, chocolate truffles that look like mini Christmas puddings of course!

Christmas pudding truffles

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I always have left-over Christmas pudding as no-one else in my family likes it (silly people!), so I wanted to develop a recipe which would use it up as I never like to waste food.  Mini Christmas puds just scream Christmas spice to me, so I thought it only right to flavour them with Mackays spiced ginger preserve.

Mackays spiced ginger preserve

image sourced from mackays.com

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To make 36 truffles, you will also need…

  • 350g (12oz) good quality dark chocolate
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) double cream
  • 350g (12oz) cooked Christmas pudding
  • 50g (2oz) white chocolate
  • cocoa powder
  • holly leaf and berry decorations

To make the truffles…

1) Break up 250g (8½oz) of the dark chocolate into a glass or ceramic bowl.

chocolate

2) Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt the chocolate. The bowl shouldn’t be in contact with the water, as you want the chocolate to melt slowly.

bain-marie

3) Add the double cream, stir in and heat for one minute.

Add cream

chocolate and cream

4) Remove from heat, crumble in the cooked Christmas pudding and mix well.

chocolate and christmas pudding

chocolate mixed with christmas pudding

5) Mix in 9 tablespoons of Mackays spiced ginger preserve.  Transfer to a smaller bowl.  Leave to cool, then cover in cling film and put in the freezer for at least an hour to set.  

chocolate ginger mix

6) Scoop up a heaped teaspoonful of truffle mix and roll in the palms of your hands to form a ball.  Roll in cocoa powder and dust off excess.
Note – If the truffle mix is too soft & sticky to roll, leave in the freezer for longer.  If too firm to scoop, leave at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften slightly.

roll truffles

roll truffles in cocoa

7) Place on a baking tray dusted with cocoa & put back in the freezer until ready to decorate.

Truffles rolled in cocoa

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To decorate the truffles…

8) Stick a skewer into the base of each truffle.  Pop back in the freezer.

skewer truffles

9) Break up the remaining 100g (3½oz) of the dark chocolate into a glass or ceramic bowl.  Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt the chocolate.  Remove from the heat.
Note – If you want to properly temper the chocolate, so it is nice and glossy, now is the time to do so.  I didn’t do this, as I think the matt finish looks more like a Christmas pudding.

10) Dip each truffle into the melted chocolate & spoon chocolate over any parts of the truffle which aren’t covered in chocolate.  Holding the skewer over the bowl, rotate it gently so any excess chocolate drips off the truffle back into the bowl.

dip truffles in chocolate

11) Stand the skewers (truffles uppermost) in a tall glass & leave to set at room temperature.

chcolate skewers in glass

12) Once the chocolate coating is set, remove the truffles from the skewers by gently twisting to break the seal and pull out.  Place the truffles on greaseproof paper.

13) Break up the white chocolate into a clean glass or ceramic bowl.  Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt the chocolate.  Remove from the heat & allow to cool slightly.
The white chocolate needs to be hot enough to still be runny but not so hot it will melt the dark chocolate.

14) Take a teaspoonful of white chocolate and drop it onto the top of a truffle, allowing it to flow slightly down the sides.  Whilst the chocolate is still wet, add a decoration of three holly berries & three holly leaves.  Repeat with the remaining truffles and leave to set at room temperature.

decorate truffle

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Once I decorated my little truffles, I loved them so much that I decided they would make lovely Christmas gifts.  I have frozen them in plastic tubs for now and they should keep well in the freezer for about a month.  To defrost I will move them to the fridge, still in their tubs, and let them defrost slowly.  The recipient will need to eat them within a few days – oh the hardship!

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Christmas pudding trufflesChristmas Pudding Truffles
– crisp dark chocolate enrobing a gooey spiced chocolate ganache
– heavenly!

Enjoy!

Vohn

x

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P.S.  Mackays sent me eight jars of jams and preserves to use – just so you know (legalese an’ all that!)

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P.P.S.  I have decided to enter my Christmas Pudding Truffles into a few blogger challenges.

First up the Calendar Cakes bloggers challenge, run by Laura Loves Cakes and Dolly Bakes.  Their theme this month is puddings and, although this probably wasn’t what they had in mind, my truffles do include Christmas pudding and do look like Christmas puddings!

calendar-cakes

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Also the Let’s Party challenge run by Alida over at My Little Italian Kitchen.

Let's party

Tea Time Treats run by Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Kate at What Kate Baked.  This is Kate’s final month hosting this challenge and she has chosen Festive Foodie Gifts for her grand finale!

Tea time treats

Finally I am entering the Let’s Cook Christmas Party Food event being run by Nayna over at simply.food

Lets cook Christmas food

Here are my little truffles all packaged up and looking very Christmassy!

Christmas Pudding Truffles

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23 Responses to “Christmas Pudding Truffles”

  1. These are screaming eat me so cute and delicious, the recipient is very lucky to get a parcel of these.

  2. […] the winner of the challenge and the Grosmi Italian coffee is: Vohn’s Vittles with her Christmas pudding truffles. These truffles are so beautifully made, in fact they look perfectly made. A mini work of art. Well […]

  3. They look gorgeous and I bet they taste fantastic. I am totally going to make them – my kids will love this! :)

  4. Otilia says:

    The truffles look lovely. I have a Christmas linky running with a prize for the winner at the end of december – http://www.romanianmum.com/2013/12/friday-foodie-11.html#.UqNrq5GjClI

  5. Julie says:

    Your Christmas pudding truffles are adorable, so effective. A lovely recipe which I would love to try.

    • Vohn says:

      Thanks Julie. Go for it & do let me know how you get on with them – there may seem like a lot of stages but they are all really easy! Have fun! :-) Vohn x

  6. Alida says:

    Dear Vohn,
    I am really impressed by your Christmas pudding truffles! They really look amazing, a work of art!!And they are just so perfectly made.
    Thank you so much for entering them in “Let’s Party!”. This is a great entry!
    Alida

  7. Those are just lovely! Lots of greetings from Germany!

  8. They are SO cute Vohn! I love how you’ve decorated them too :D

  9. Wow Vohn I am so impressed by these! They look brilliant!

  10. They look amazing and very festive!

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