In Search of Christmas Spirit

I am hankering after some Christmas spirit. Last year I had it in abundance, this year it’s yet to appear…So I did what Nigella might do and made the most Christmassy thing I could think of. It worked! Well, I’m at least 50% more Christmassy than I was before I made these mini Christmas puddings, aka Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Puddini Bonbons from her ‘Nigella Christmas’ book.

Christmas Puddini Bonbons

Ingredients:

  • 125g melted dark chocolate
  • 350g cooked and cooled Christmas pudding
  • 60ml sherry (Nigella recommends Pedro Ximenez but I couldn’t fit it so used Waitrose Rich Cream sherry instead)
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g melted white chocolate
  • red glace cherries cut into small pieces
  • green glace cherries or angelica cut into short lengths

They are so easy to make, just mix all the ingredients together (adding the melted chocolate last) then roll lumps of the mixture between your palms to form small balls and pop in the fridge to firm up.

When they’re less gooey decorate with melted white chocolate and the red and green glace cherries. I couldn’t find green glace cherries or angelica so I bought some of those red gummy strawberry penny sweets and used the green for the holly leaves and the red for the berries.

Maybe I should have this Nigella sampler on my kitchen wall for inspiration?

What food gets you in the Christmas spirit?

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2 thoughts on “In Search of Christmas Spirit

  1. Yvette says:

    These look wonderful, I’ve been baking for the Christmas spirit in our house too…no time to think twice with a couple of catering jobs this week, The traditional fruit cake is the one thing that always brings back Christmas memories of those passed who use to make this traditional family cake recipe always for Christmas. I haven’t yet bought one or made one this year…maybe the spirit is also a little lost in my heart! Joyful Blessings Yvette x

    • She Hankers says:

      Thanks Yvette :) There’s still time to buy a Christmas cake & just do the fun decorating of it, that might get the Christmas spirit going for both of us. Have a lovely Christmas!

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