christmas pudding pops.

Merry Christmas! Well, it isn’t quite officially Christmas Day here in Australia yet, but our Christmas celebrations always begin the night before. Everything is wrapped, lots of baking has been done, the tree is looking all pretty with the star on top, and we are all enjoying each others company (this may be different after a couple of days together!).

I have really enjoyed the lead up to Christmas this year, and have been baking some of my favourites…chocolate crackles, almond bread, and of course shortbread. As usual, I absolutely LOVE deciding what pressies I am buying for my family and friends, and like last year, I bought some presents to wrap up and put underneath the Kmart Wishing Tree for the Salvation Army. I understand that Christmas can be a difficult time for some of people, so I try to help out a little bit, and hope that the gifts that I have given will put a smile on some faces! For others, they are celebrating this Christmas without loved ones, so their day will come with a bit of sadness too. Having said all that, no matter your circumstance, I wish you all very happy festive season, and hope that you meet with the Spirit of Christmas!

Well, like I mentioned, our kitchen has seen a lot of activity over the past couple of days, and as I sit here watching the Carols by Candlelight on TV, I want to share with you what I have been most excited about making! Last year, the super special treat that I decided to make to give to my friends and family was Christmas Tree Cake Pops, so this year I decided to stick with a similar theme and make Christmas Pudding Pops!

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Christmas Pudding Pops

48-50 cake balls/truffles of your choice (you may choose Cake Pops or Tim Tam Truffles, like I did this year!)
250g Cadburys White Chocolate Melts + 30g Cadburys White Chocolate Melts
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp green food colouring
40g unsalted butter
500g Cadburys Milk Chocolate Melts
Red candy beads
Lollipop sticks
Styrofoam block

1. Place 125g of the white chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl with 1/4 can of condensed milk and 20g unsalted butter. Melt on a low medium heat in the microwave, and stir to combine (this will be a fudge like consistency).
2. Spoon the fudge into a baking paper lined tray and flatten and smooth with a spatula or knife until it is at a thickness of approximately of 1/4 to 1/2 cm. Set in the refrigerator.
3. Repeat with the remaining white chocolate melts, condensed milk and butter, but add the green food colouring to the condensed milk before melting in the microwave.
4. Once the fudge has set, use a small flower shaped cutter to cut out 48-50 pieces of fudge for the christmas pudding icing, and a small holly leaf shaped cutter to cut out the green leaves. (Use your hands to flatten the fudge on a board covered in icing sugar if needed).
5. Melt the milk chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure the bowl is filled deep enought with candy coating that you can submerge the entire ball in one dunk.
6. When you are ready, remove a few balls/truffles at a time from the refridgerator, keeping the rest chilled.
7. One at a time, dip about 1/2 inch of the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, and insert the stick straight into the bottom of a cake ball/truffle, pushing it no more than halfway through. Dip the cake pop into the melted candy coating, and tap off any excess coating.
8. Let dry completely in the Styrofoam block.
9. When the balls are completely set, melt the 30g of white chocolate, and add a few drops of green food colouring to colour the chocolate the same colour as the holly leaves.
10. Press the white flower shaped fudge onto the top of each cake ball/truffle (you may need to use a small amount of water on a clean paintbrush, to brush the back of the fudge to help it stick). Use the green chocolate to attach the holly leaves and red candy balls.

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I have been planning and imagining how these are going to look for quite some time, and am so happy with how they have turned out. Not only that, but they were a heap of fun to make! Some of them will be proudly displayed on the Christmas dessert table tomorrow, while others have been packaged up ready to give to my friends. Actually, wrapping them was ALMOST as fun as making them…

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!

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