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Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

One thing we all enjoy in our house over Christmas is all the Christmas goodies, well what can we say Christmas treats are just the best ever!

Christmas is a day that the diet goes out the window, we have a day off and enjoy ourselves without checking and weighing everything before we eat it. We love to sit and watch Christmas movies in our pjs with lots of sweets crisps and chocolates….well it is Christmas after all. We all take turns to pick a movie, this mainly happens the day after Boxing Day when the excitement of it all has just got too much and we want time to chill-out and have a day off from it all whilst looking back and chatting about our Christmas gifts.

Christmas Treats

One treat the boys do like is their Cadbury’s treats, they enjoy all of them, the biscuits, advent calendars, chocolate Santa and most of all the selection boxes. All of these get enjoyed over the festive period.

Myself and Ian like to sit back and over indulge ourselves on the Lindt selection. We think the Lindt reindeer’s are so cute and we could happily sit and eat a whole box of truffles easily.

Christmas Treats

Last year I found myself making eggnog which not only I enjoyed but other family members did too so this is something I will be making again this year. I started to make this after hearing it mentioned quite a lot in the Christmas movies I had watched last year, I thought to myself I have never tried eggnog and wanted to try it so I made some homemade eggnog and really enjoyed it!

Christmas treats

We also enjoyed making chocolate truffles – these make fab homemade gifts, perfect for the neighbours, colleagues, teachers and friends.

Christmas Treats

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Christmas cake would it. Do you make your own Christmas cakes? We do. We start making our Christmas cake about August time. Here is our cake from last year.

christmas cake

As you can see we have a very sweet tooth in our house over the festive period and I’m sure our house isn’t the only house to over indulge……Are we?

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

May all your dreams come true in 2016.

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Festive Homemade Truffles

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Homemade Treats

We have been busy in the kitchen again, we have made homemade truffles this time. We love homebaking and fancied making something different other than a cake so we thought why not try to make some truffles.

We love truffles and thought why not try to make some ourself, we have family visiting christmas evening and would love to put out some fancy nibbles other than the normal old stuff we have out on offer. The kids really enjoyed helping to get stuck in and yes there was the usual arguments over who is going to lick the spoon and clear the bowl….Ian won that one! (big kid).

Ingredients used:

250ml double cream

50g butter

300g dark chocolate

Brandy enough to taste

1tbs Peppermint essence

Hundreds and thousands

Desiccated coconut

Butterscotch pieces

Chopped mixed nuts

Neon sugar sprinkles

Icing sugar

How we made the truffles:

IMG_0078We started off by putting the cream and butter in a saucepan, heated until the butter had melted and the cream started to gently boil.

We broke the chocolate into small pieces and melted in a dish over boiling water until fully melted.

We then poured the cream and melted butter into a mixing bowl, added the melted chocolate and then mixed the mixtures together.

Brandy Was Then Added

We then added brandy to taste. (we made two lots of these truffle mixes, an adult’s mix and a kid’s mix) for the kid’s mix we added peppermint essence to give it a minty flavour.

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Whilst I was mixing the cream and chocolate together Lee lined a large size oven dish that was deep enough to hold all the mixture in with greaseproof paper.

We then poured the mixture into this dish, allowed the mixture to cool and then placed in the fridge for roughly just over an hour.

While we was waiting for the chocolate to set we prepared the sprinkles and nuts by pouring them into Separate bowls.

The Fun Then Bagan

When the chocolate was ready we got a tea-spoon and spooned out some chocolate, rolled it into a ball and then rolled the ball in a chosen covering, either nuts, sprinkles etc until fully covered, continuing the process until all have been made, placing the truffles when covered on greaseproof paper on a plate. We placed the truffles when made in the freezer ready for christmas. We separately boxed up the adult’s truffles from the kid’s.

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Doing this was a very messy process, we was hand washing in between making each ball, we all got stuck in at making the truffles so they did not take to long to make. The kids thoroughly enjoyed making these, they loved getting all chocolateley and choosing what to cover the truffle in.

Very Messy But Fun

After all our hard work we have some lovely festive truffles all ready for christmas evening when family come to visit.

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What are your favourite food’s to have over christmas?