Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mini Chocolate Christmas Puddings

Wanna make your kiddos' eyes roll back in Christmas culinary happiness?  Well that's what happened when Son of a Beach took his first bite of these upside down Christmas chocolate crackles.  You too can achieve Heavenly status amongst your family circle, with these Too Easy morsels.  I hope you are chuckling at the Beach House Brat's new nickname, aptly Christened by Mr Beach House himself.  If that kind of naughtiness is not your thing, then best if you just scroll down for the recipe.  If you are still here, I guess you are thinking that must make me The Beach, and you would be completely right on occasion.

But not today ladies, for I am on a pedestal here at the Beach House.  Wonder how many nano seconds it will take me to be knocked off said high place. Woops here I go!!!!!

Anyway the littlest Beach House Brat and I had a hoot making these and you will too.  My Too Easy Reindeer cookies went viral and by the end of the silly season will have seen many thousands of page hits, but you know, not one person on the planet has written to tell me they have made them.  So if you do make these little pudds, which are even easier than the Reindeer, do take the time to tell me!!!! Your randon act of kindness my way, would not only make this mummy very happy, but possibly increase your chances in the Santa stakes as well.

This shot made it in because the wreath is in the background of one of the shots, so here's a closer look at.  My mum painted it a million years ago and it ended up in the box of Christmas bits that she forwarded to the Beach House some years back.  The flower is an Australian native we call Christmas Bells, which are out about now in the bush, and are completely gorgeous just hanging down as a daintly little flower.

Here's the recipe. Melt 200g of Mars Bars, 2 tbspns pouring cream and 2 tspns of cocoa powder over a Bain Marie.  When melted completely remove the bowl from the Bain Marie and add 3 cups of rice bubbles. Stir until combined.

Spoon mixture into 2 x 12 mini muffin pans.  Press down firmly to get rid of any air bubbles.  Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.

Release from pan.  They are very sticky so use a knife to gently pop.  One little stab should loosen the crackle.

Turn the crackles upside down so the narrower circle is facing up.

Melt 100g of white chocolate as per directions on the packet in the microwave.  Spoon into a zip lock plastic bag.  Nigella Lawson loves these bags and I after this morning, I  think I do to.  I have never ever tried piping before.  This was my first time and it was so easy.  Snip the tinniest corner of the bag off and begin piping in a circular motion.

Swirl the pudd around in a circular motion to encourage the drippage down the sides.

While the white chocolate is still wet place a jaffa, red smartie or M&M in the centre,  Cut up green snakes on the diagonal to make little triangles for the leaves.  Leave to set at room temperature as refridgeration will dull the jaffa etc.  I had a few questions when I used Jaffas for Rudolph's nose, asking 'What was a Jaffa?'  They are a very famous old Australian lolly with a chocolate centre.   My father recounted fondly more than once, that they were rolled down the aisles, without fail, at the Saturday afternoon movies by all the kids .  You know in the pre carpet, chain smoking days of cinema.

I boxed these pudds up and gave them to my favourite people.  There was some eye rolling going on there too.

If you haven't already had a look at my Too Easy list of Christmas ideas to make and do this season go ahead.

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  1. Fantastic lovlies! You had me laughing again!

  2. A festive little treat. Pretty to look at too. Pat

  3. You certainly keep busy. How many blogs do you have?

  4. That's a great idea - particularly as my kids don't like real Christmas puddings so I will give these a shot this year!

  5. These are adorable ... thanks for the recipe!

  6. How adorable are these!! And just saying...I love your front door! Thanks for linking these up at Hating Martha!

  7. whoa! MY eyes are rolling back in Christmas culinary happiness!!
    xo Cathy

  8. These are so cute! I love them. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  9. Such a gorgeous idea - another one for me to try with the kids when we move back in.

  10. Ohhh I am drooling all over my keyboard. Yummmm
    I have a recipe for these but I havent tried them for purely selfish reasons - I can;t eat choclate and I didnt know if I could hold out.
    Now after seeing yours - I am kinda thinking Stuff it, I can always stab myself with an epi pen and it would be so worth it :) xx

  11. These look so Yum-O . Thanks for sharing .

  12. Ive read what it in a real traditional Christmas pudding and Im not sure it would be my fav ...but THIS! This sounds amazing! New follower here. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now :)

    Have a great week!!

  13. Wonderful treat for all ages.

  14. OH! Now I've got the munchies and want to lick the screen! ;) Those look so yummy and I love how you've packaged them.

    Happy Rednesday!

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  16. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  17. Wow. These look great!

  18. These look great - will definitely be making these with the kids!
    Thanks for sharing
    Visiting from Someday Crafts

  19. I love how you have used the Noodle boxes for the gifts. It's a bit different using Chocolate crackles. They sure look yummy


  20. I am so going to make these!!!!!!!!

  21. We just made them! We used raspberry lollies and green fruit loots on top as we had some on hand left over from another cooking session. Miss 3 and Miss 5 loved helping with these and they look gorgeous :-)


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