IT’S CHRISTMAS! and Christmas means, Christmas themed baking, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, cooking and over indulgence in fabulous food, followed by the January guilt of eating our weight in all the Christmas food goodness. Nonetheless it is a fabulous time of year, not just for the food, certainly not presents, but for just the festive spirit, general dossing and just catching up with loved ones you may not see as much as you’d like. Living away from home for work generally means I don’t get too see my friends, mum or boyfriend a great deal, my weekends tend to be busy with trying to fit everyone in on the Saturday before I need to head back home on Sunday. Now I know it won’t be that way forever as many of my friends remind me, but being away from the Big Smoke (London) and everything I love does get me down every so often, where I generally wish there were just a few more hours over the weekend to fit everyone in and properly catch up, and to just have a rest too! So this Christmas I have 10 days off, to see everyone I can, to relax, and enjoy being back home! It’s so easy to not see people for a long time, life gets in the way, and true friendships I suppose are about regardless of not seeing each other day in and day out, that whenever you do, whether its been days, weeks, months or even a year, that its the exact same as when you last saw each other, that you’re grand regardless of the time and space between you.The last year has been quite a hectic one for my friends and I, most of us finished University, some of us went on to do a Master’s elsewhere, some went and jobs across the country, some across the globe and some lucky sods got to go travelling the world. So it had been ages since I’d really seen some of my closest friends as we just get wrapped up in the beauty of life and how fast it all goes, one day its January, next it December and you’re ready for a new year. So, with having some days off in London, it made sense that a HOUSE PARTY be had, everyone to see the old faces, all of the crew in one place, a Christmas reunion. So a few of us made lots of little sugary bites and these were the ones I managed to get a couple of shots off before they were all scoffed up!
Christmas Pudding Rice Krispies Cakes
Quick and cheap little bites, great for kids to make and perfect for Christmas treats
- 150 g Rice Pops Rice Krispies etc
- 100 g raisins
- 200 g milk chocolate
- 200 g marshmallows
- 100 g white chocolate
- 120 g butter
- green and red ready to roll icing
In a saucepan, on a low to medium heat, heat the butter, milk chocolate and half the marshmallows until the chocolate and butter have melted and the marshmallows are just beginning to melt. Remove from the heat.
Put the Rice Krispies and raisins into a bowl, and then pour the warm mixture into the bowl and mix until well combined
Leave the mixture to cool for about 20 minutes before shaping into balls.
To shape you can use a number of different ways, to make small ones we used a cake pop mould, covered it in clingfilm to get mini balls, and for large ones, we moulded them with our hands, using a little icing powder on our hands to stop the balls sticking to us. Chill these until they are firm.
Whilst the cakes chill, roll out some green and red icing, using a holly shaped cutter we made leaves, and then small berries out of the red.
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a saucepan or simmering water, and then spoon a little of this on top of the cakes, and then top these with icing holly leaves.
The BBC Good Food website suggests lining egg cups with cling film to help with shaping the balls