“So give us some figgy pudding, so give us some figgy pudding…”
Ever since I was little, I remember wondering what figgy pudding actually is. Turns out it’s just Christmas pudding. Shame. I had it in my head as something very dark, rich and sticky…and so many people don’t even like Christmas pudding! One day soon I will have to come up with a recipe of my own that stands up to my childhood expectation. Until then, I’ll content myself with these. Though I called them truffles, they are much lighter: one of the few treats you can indulge in at Christmas time without any guilt at all. They have a crisp, chocolate outer shell and a soft, chewy middle.
5 dried figs
1 tbsp dried mixed peel
1 tbsp crystallized ginger
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp brandy
100g milk chocolate
50g white chocolate
green and red food dye
Place all of the dried fruit and spices in a food processor with the brandy and blend until smooth. This will be your filling. You can adjust any of the spices and flavours to taste. Scoop this out and place it in the fridge to chill for an hour or so.
Dust your hands with cocoa powder, scoop out teaspoons of the dried fruit mix and roll into balls. Repeat this until the mixture is used up. Break up the milk chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl. Microwave this for a minute at a time, stirring between, until it had melted.
Place all of your truffle centres onto a piece of non-stick baking parchment or clingfilm and pour over a teaspoon of melted chocolate so it’s just covered. Leave these to set.
To decorate, melt the white chocolate in the same way, but be very careful not to burn it! Use a teaspoon or skewer to drop small amounts over the truffles and spread out in like icing. Leave these to set.
Finally, make up each red and green icing by adding several drops of each colour dye to a tablespoon of icing sugar. Add hot water a teaspoon at a time until the icing is just liquid; it will set when cool. Use a skewer to draw holly leaves and berries on the top of your truffles. Voila!
By the way, have you seen these?!
Click the photo to check out the beautiful MyNameisYeh blog. Inspired, I’ve created some of my own…