If you are looking for something a bit different to do this year to go alongside the traditional Christmas pudding and warm Mince pies, why not have a go at making some Festive Cake Pops!
These are great fun for all the family to make and what's even better is that there is no cooking involved!!
You only need a few ingredients to get you going and they don't take much to make!
Break the Christmas cake into pieces then blend in the food processor for a few minutes to turn into crumbs.
Divide the mix into 12 and shape into balls. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.
Melt the chocolates in separate bowls, over pans of simmering water or in a microwave.
Make a hole in each ball with a lolly stick, then dip the end of the stick in the melted chocolate and place back in the hole. Repeat with the other sticks and leave to set for about 30 minutes.
Re-melt the chocolate if necessary, then, using a teaspoon pour the chocolate over a cake pop, holding it over the bowl. Work quickly to get a smooth finish. Tap the cake pop on the side of the bowl to get rid of the excess chocolate, then stick into a piece of polystyrene or upturned colander while you coat the rest of the pops.
Once the chocolate has set slightly, but is still sticky, coat in sprinkles then leave to set completely.
Or why not try some edible tree decorations like these Snowy Owl Biscuits, that's if they make it as far as the Christmas Tree!!
For the biscuits
- 125g slightly salted butter, softened
- 125g caster sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 250g plain flour
For the decoration
- 100g packet of whole blanched almonds
- 100g packet of flaked almonds, toasted
- 126g packet of giant white chocolate buttons
- 20g packet standard-sized white chocolate buttons
- 50g dark chocolate chips
- gold edible glitter (optional)
- icing sugar, for dusting
- fine string, for hanging the biscuits
1. Heat the oven to 190c/170c fan/ gas 5. Cream together the butter and sugar and gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift and stir in the flour and mix to a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Cover the dough or wrap in cling film and chill for at least 2 hours.
2. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 0.5cm thick and cut into oval shapes.
3. Transfer the biscuits onto a lined baking tray. Place the whole almonds into the dough to create the Owls' eyebrows and beaks. If making decorations for the tree make a hole near the top of the biscuits. Bake in the oven for 8-14 minutes until the edges turn lightly golden in colour. Once cooked, leave to cool on the baking tray.
4. To decorate set aside enough white chocolate buttons for the Owls' eyes - the biggest buttons you can get are best to give a truly owl-like expression. Melt the remaining chocolate.
5. Using the white chocolate as glue carefully stick on the white chocolate buttons, then the dark chocolate chips on top to make the eyes. Paint more melted chocolate over each owl's chest, pressing on the flaked almonds. If some of the eyes and beaks have become loose, use some of the melted chocolate to stick them in place.
6. Thread pretty string or fine ribbon into the decorations so you can hang them on the Tree.