Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Christmas 2008: Christmas Puddini Bonbons
These Christmas Puddini Bonbons were so cute, and sweet, and delicious, that I've decided they deserve their very own post. From (again), Nigella Christmas, they seemed like a good way of using leftover Christmas pudding, and, I thought, would make a cute addition to our post-Christmas BBQ. To be honest, I didn't think they'd taste that good, but boy oh boy, was I wrong.
They are not difficult to make, but are a little time consuming and fiddly.
1. Leftover Christmas pudding.
2. Mixing through the melted choc and golden syrup (I didn't add any extra alcohol).
3. Teeny weeny little balls! (Heh.)
4. Decorating station - melted white chocolate, and massacred Haribo gummi bears. Nigella suggests glace cherries, but I don't like the taste of them.
In the recipe, Nigella says you could buy a small Christmas pudding especially for this recipe, which seemed worryingly extravagant, until I tasted the bonbons. I liked our Christmas Pudding but didn't love it, as I found it too alcoholic and not cakey enough. However, the melted chocolate added a lovely, slightly bittersweet depth, and these bonbons were gorgeous. They're fruity and boozy (but not too much) and chocolatey, and totally compulsive. I'd make them as a gift, if I could restrain myself from eating them all first.
Apparently another way to use up leftover Christmas pudding is to fry it in butter - sounds scarily calorific, although I guess these babies aren't any healthier. At least they're in teensy weensy little pieces!