Probably the most beautiful little sweet gifts you can make easily at home and give them for the coming Yule to your beloved ones. Fragrant, filled with taste from a mix of spices, candied orange peel and soft currants, will become easily the center of attention when everyone is opening their presents. I am really fond of homemade presents and I enjoy giving, but I prefer to give something that is liked, loved or very used and I know everyone can use a little bit of chocolate!
I have used some medieval moulds for this I got some time ago (try to look for whatever fun moulds that would give you tablets basically – so your chocolates look indeed as chocolates and not as truffles, so avoid small truffle moulds).
- 100 g milk chocolate
- 100 g dark chocolate
- 1 tsp coconut butter
- 1 tbsp currants (or any soft small dried fruit would work)
- 1/2 tsp Gingerbread spice mix (same that I used for my Gingerbread Spiced Truffles)
- 2 tbsp candied orange peel
- 4 chopped walnuts
- orange peel (optional)
- Melt the chocolates and coconut butter together in a pan over low fire.
- Add the spices, orange peel, currants and chopped walnuts.
- Combine everything nicely until the chocolate is smooth and everything is covered.
- Take your moulds and pour this in your moulds making sure you cover just enough.
- Place in fridge until hardened and then take off moulds, pack nicely, add a ribbon and a little note and add it to your dear ones’ Yule gift box, place beautifully on the table and serve at your Yule feasting or just make it for your family and surprise them!
- Do let me know how you liked these!
Some fun information about Plum Pudding (aka Christmas Pudding nowadays):
”The first records of plum puddings date to the early 15th century, when “plum pottage,” a savoury concoction heavy on the meat and root vegetables, was served at the start of a meal. Then as now, the “plum” in plum pudding was a generic term for any dried fruit—most commonly raisins and currants, with prunes and other dried, preserved or candied fruit added when available. By the end of the 16th century, dried fruit was more plentiful in England and plum pudding made the shift from savoury to sweet. ”
”By the mid-1600s, plum pudding was sufficiently associated with Christmas that when Oliver Cromwell came to power in 1647 he had it banned, along with Yule logs, carol-singing and nativity scenes. To Cromwell and his Puritan associates, such merry-making smacked of Druidic paganism and Roman Catholic idolatry. In 1660 the Puritans were deposed and Christmas pudding, along with the English monarchy, was restored. Fifty years later, England’s first German-born ruler, George I, was styled the “pudding king” after rumours surfaced of his request to serve plum pudding at his first English Christmas banquet.” – taken from here.