Christmas 2008: Christmas Puddini Bonbons

1/06/2009 05:56:00 AM

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!

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  1. Anonymous9:32 AM

    ooh! I saw Nigella make these on her TV programme and they looked great then too. Gummi bears sound like a much better topping than cherries though!

  2. I love the look of these, although it's a pity they're so Christmassy looking because it'd be nice to just make them for kicks all year round. Haribo as decoration is an inspired choice! Looks like the whole lunch was fantastic (yay for Stewie's cool whip!)

  3. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Hi! I am right in the middle of making these gorgeous little things but I'm having so much trouble rolling them into balls! They just melt in my hands. Any tips? I'm wondering if popping the mixture in the fridge for half an hour might help. Whatcha think?

  4. I think popping them in the fridge is a great idea! Perhaps try wetting your hands with water too? Good luck with them!

  5. Anonymous11:42 PM

    ok! all sorted! I kept making my hands wet with icy water & they rolled perfectly!

  6. So happy I saw this blog and the comments below. I was really struggling to roll them in to a ball and ending up with the mixture everywhere. After several attempts I turned to the internet for help and here it was :-D
    The wet hands with cold water advice solved all my problems! Thank you so much :-D



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