White Chocolate Rocky Road

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Each year I make an assortment of homemade treats for friends and family – and this white chocolate rocky road is always top of the list. Every. Single. Year.

I’m not going to lie – this is an expensive treat to make. Once you buy the chocolate, freeze dried fruits and nuts your wallet will definitely begin to feel a little lighter – I know mine did! Luckily the finished product is well worth the money spent, with the decadence and quality of the ingredients undeniably shining through. Just one glance at it and you know you have something special on your hands!

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Christmas Pudding Truffles

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One of my favourite things to make at Christmas growing up were Mallowpuff chocolate puddings. You know the type – you drizzle a little white icing on top of a Mallowpuff, pop on a Jaffa and Spearmint leaf and you’re all finished! Super easy, super cute, and super festive.

Despite being significantly older now, the novelty of miniature Christmas treats has far from worn off. So this year I decided to make a slightly more grown up version of these Christmas treats – one that involves (ever so slightly) more preparation than opening a packet of biscuits!

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Oreo Truffles

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Today’s bakeless treat is a super simple one that you’ve likely seen (and tasted) before… Oreo truffles! I didn’t have the exact recipe she used on hand so I just muddled along, drawing on my mint slice truffles for inspiration. Luckily there’s not really anything you can do wrong with these little treats – it’s literally three ingredients! Well, plus sprinkles – and you definitely need sprinkles for added fun factor.

The process is simple: mix together Oreo crumbs and cream cheese, roll into balls and dip in chocolate. Not hard to master, right?

I hope you like them!

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Makes approx. 30 truffles

Ingredients

  • 450g Oreos (3 packets)
  • 250g cream cheese, cubed
  • 375g milk chocolate melts
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Method

  1. Place Oreos in food processor and blend until ground to a fine crumb. Add cream cheese and pulse until well combined and mixture clumps together.
  2. Roll mixture into small balls and place on lined baking tray. Place in fridge to firm for approx 15 minutes.
  3. Melt milk chocolate melts in microwave in 30 second bursts, mixing between each. Dip each truffle in chocolate using a fork, tapping off excess before replacing on lined baking tray. Finish with sprinkles.
  4. Place in fridge to set completely.

Peanut Butter fudge

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I’m pretty sure you’re aware of it by now, but peanut butter is one of my absolute favourite things in the world – on toast, in baking, or by the spoonful, I’m happy as long as there’s peanut butter in my life.

There are quite a few peanut butter recipes already lurking in the archives of this blog (pop over to the Recipe Index and see how many you can find), but there’s no such thing as too many peanut butter treats, right? Right!

With that in mind, let me introduce you to the latest peanut butter creation to hit High Tea with Dragons – peanut butter fudge. Just let that sink in for a minute… Peanut. Butter. Fudge.

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Chocolate & beer truffles

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Ingredients

  • 250g dark chocolate, broken
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3 Tbsp beer
  • ½ cup cocoa, to dust

Method

  1. Place chocolate and cream in a small heatproof bowl and warm gently over simmering water for 3-4 minutes without stirring
  2. Remove from heat and whisk until completely combined and no lumps remain. Cool to room temperature, approx. 20 minutes
  3. Add beer and carefully stir until well incorporated. Pour chocolate mixture into a small casserole or pie dish and refrigerate until set (approx. 2 hours)
  4. Scoop teaspoonfuls of chocolate mixture and shape into balls with damp hands. Coat in cocoa and place on baking tray to firm up.

Vanilla marshmallow with chocolate pieces

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If you follow my blog regularly you’ll already know this – I adore marshmallow. Now, I’m not talking about the kind you buy in bags at the supermarket; I mean real melt-in-your mouth, puffy, homemade marshmallows.

If you haven’t tried them, you absolutely must – they’re so dissimilar to the store bought variety you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re something different altogether. While you can buy marshmallow with these beautiful homemade qualities at specialty stores, you should definitely try making your own – they’re so much easier than you’d think!

For some reason the idea of making marshmallow seems to intimidate a lot of people – maybe it’s the boiling sugar? Anyway, the great news is marshmallow making can be as simple or as complex as you like – it all depends on what you want. So today I thought I’d share the perfect marshmallow for beginners – fluffy vanilla marshmallow with chocolate flecks.

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Marshmallow balls

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Children’s birthdays always seem a bit more exciting than grown-up birthdays – I think it has something to do with the way we celebrate. When you’re little you have all your friends over for a party, play some games and are treated to fairy bread and other delicious treats. But when you get older, birthdays seem to ‘creep up’ on people and rather than celebrating, they worry about the extra number added to their age and have much less of a fuss.

I don’t subscribe to that – I think birthdays are absolutely wonderful, regardless of how old you are. Kevin and I usually celebrate our birthdays by having a few friends over for dinner or to one of our favourite cheap and cheerful restaurants for dinner.  While it may not be acceptable to whip out a round of pin the tail on the donkey partway through these more grown up celebrations, you can easily add a bit of childlike excitement to the party by having some childhood treats on hand.

Each year without fail my Mum would make marshmallow balls for my brother and my birthday parties. They’re a treat I vividly remember from every one of my birthday parties – I loved the marshmallow surprise hidden inside the biscuity exterior, and always tried to guess which colour marshmallow would be waiting inside (I was always hoping for pink).

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White chocolate & bailey’s fudge

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Fudge is one of my all time favourite treats. While Russian fudge is undoubtedly my favourite, fudge infused with the creamy taste of Bailey’s comes a close second. Luckily I live with fellow fudge-lovers, so the sweet treat makes a reasonably regular appearance.

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best and that’s definitely the case with this recipe! Perfect if you’re in a hurry, this white chocolate & Bailey’s fudge can be whipped up and in the fridge in under 15 minutes – pretty good for a fudge if you ask me!

The trick? This fudge isn’t technically fudge at all! You don’t need to dissolve and boil any sugar, don’t need to track its temperature or patiently wait for it to get to the soft ball stage – all you need to do is pop the ingredients in a large pot and stir it until it’s nicely combined.

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