Sunday, 17 December 2017
BLOGMAS Day 17: Christmas Chocolate Recipe
So when I was flicking through this book once, I came across a recipe for home made chocolates. I tried out these chocolates and they were delicious. So I thought they would be a good idea to make for a Christmas present for some people. I made a batch one year and wrapped them up. They seemed to go down well and some of my family even asked me to make them some more.
Anyway I thought it would be nice to share this recipe with you so you can use to for anyone you're stuck on getting a present for. It would make a really good hamper idea as well, if you got someone a selection of nice things and placed them all together in a pretty basket along with a cute box filled with these sweet treat it would be a lovely present.
The recipe below makes around 50 chocolates.
175g self-raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1tsp mixed spice (the type for apple pie)
50g unsalted butter, room temperature, diced
115g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
For the decoration:
150g milk chocolate
150g white chocolate
100g plain chocolate
whole almonds (optional)
cocoa powder, for dusting
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4. Grease two baking sheets.
2) Put the flour, cocoa powder, spice and butter into a bowl and use an electric whisk to mix them until they are thoroughly blended. Add the sugar, egg and egg yolk and mix into a smooth dough.
3) Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Cut the dough in half and roll out each piece under the palms of your hands to form 2 long logs, each 33cm long.
4) Cut each log into lots of 1cm slices. Place the slices on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them slightly apart. Then chill for at least 30 minutes.
5) Bake for 10 minutes until slightly risen, transfer to a rack to cool off.
6) To decorate, break the chocolate into three separate heatproof bowls. Place each bowl of chocolate over a simmering pan of hot water and stir the chocolate until melted.
The recipe then goes onto to tell you how to decorate the chocolates, but I much prefer to make this part up as I go along. As you can see in the picture the chocolates look nicest when they are dipped and coated in chocolate. You can be as creative as you want to, when I did mine I coated some in chocolate and put cranberries on the top. I iced zig zag patterns on some and dipped some in half white and half dark chocolate. You really can decorate them however you want to and they will look so pretty.
Hope you enjoyed reading this recipe and I hope it's as useful to you as it is for me. Happy baking, until next time x