Introduction: Malteser Christmas Pudding
Quickly becoming an almost "timeless" classic handmade Christmas gift. Great project for kids (with adult assistance for hob-work)
Every year, my niece and our family, embark on our quest to either supervise or participate in handmade yummies and gifts. This is one of my niece's brilliant, yet messy, handmades.
These were made for her mam and dad, her brother and uncle.
I only had minimal involvement in this make, but what an excellent family evening it was. This make brought us all together for a fun time and everyone was involved, even if it was insisting on 'washing' the bowls out.
The biggest one was a chocolate teddy bear, my niece made this for herself - cook's privilege I guess
The Rudolph extra handmade gift is used for the decoration of this final picture.
If this Instructable wins any prizes, they will belong to my niece. She only has restricted social media access and other accounts are also restricted, due to her young-ness :-)
Step 1: You Will Need
Terry's Chocolate Orange +
Maltesers (or Whopers)
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate
Small red chocolate beans
Holly / leaf cutters (optional if you can cut by hand)
A large pan and a bowl - to use as a double boiler / bain marie
Cellophane for wrapping
Ribbons and bows to decorate
A glass to rest your project on - big enough to be stable but small enough not for the chocolate ball to fall in
+ You can also use a round chocolate ball about the same size
Step 2: Melt Milk / Dark Chocolate
Place a pan of boiling water on the hob (adult interaction required if children are making this), a gentle simmer is required
Place your bowl onto the pan to use as a bain marie
Break up the milk chocolate and melt in your bain marie
Step 3: Add Maltesers
Place your chocolate ball on the glass
Dip one Malteser in the melted chocolate. Don't dip it all the way in, just enough to use as a 'glue'
Starting at the top of your chocolate ball, stick it on.
Continue to half way down, this first half can be tricky
Tip: I find, if you put the Maltesers in the freezer first, this helps stop them melting when you're securing them with your fingers whilst the chocolate glue takes hold
Place your project in the refrigerator to chill regularly
Step 4: Chill When Half Way
When you've covered the 'top' half, place your project in the refrigerator until the Maltesers are stuck solid
Step 5: Cover the Other Half
Once well chilled, take your project out of the refrigerator
Place completed side onto your glass
Cover the remaining half in the Maltesers
Tip: This time, start building up onto the row below, if you can't get one in on the top and there's a gap, don't worry, this will be the bottom. No one will see this and it will offer some stability when finished
Return to the refrigerator and chill
Step 6: Make Your Green Leaves
Make your fondant leaves and place to one side
Step 7: Melt Your White Chocolate
Melt your white chocolate in the same way as you melted your brown chocolate.
Remove project from the refrigerator and place on your glass
Step 8: Drizzle Your White Chocolate
Using a spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over your Malteser covered chocolate balls so it runs down the sides and looks like white sauce poured over a Christmas Pudding.
Before this chocolate goes solid, we're going to add the top decoration (next step)
Step 9: Decorate With Leaves and Berries
Place about three small, red chocolate buttons / beans on the top - you can add less or more
Add three green leaves around the red beans - you can add less or more
Allow to chill
Step 10: Wrap and Decorate
Measure your chocolate pudding against the cellophane.
Make sure the cellophane is big enough to cover and allow extra to tie off and 'fan' out on the top of the pudding.
Bring the cellophane up to cover the pudding
Scrunch up the top and use a twist tie to secure
Tie with ribbon
Tease out the excess cellophane. If you've wrapped it in too much, just trim a little off neatly
I'd like to say 'Well done' to my niece for needing such little help with this project. Hob-work, fondant and wrapping are the only steps where she needed adult assistance