Just a few days left until Christmas 2011 and while you rush around putting the finishing touches to everything you may be thinking you would like to offer your guests something a little different from the normal cakes and snacks. So I’ve put together 3 great little twists on some recipes to provide that bit of spice and variety to your offerings…
1. Apple and Raspberry Snow
This first recipe is a nice alternative to the old classic apple pie/crumble with a special festive twist, a meringue ‘snow’ topping instead of pastry. Serves 4
4 apples (your favourite variety will be fine)
2 tsp lemon juice
4 egg whites
100g castor sugar
- Perheat oven to 200C (400F, gas 6). Peel, core and dice the apples.
- Place apples in saucepan with lemon juice, cover and soften over a gentle heat.
- Add raspberries and stir.
- Place in oven proof dish.
- Make the meringue topping. Whisk the egg whites until stiff; add the sugar and continue whisking until firm peaks form.
- Pile the meringue over the fruit and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
2. Chocolate Snowballs
This is one to keep the kids happy, they will love making these little snowballs – although the grown-ups may prefer eating them, as the hint of coffee flavour may not be to the kids liking! hehe
4oz Porridge oats
4oz Margarine (lightly softened at room temperature so it is mixable, but not melted)
2oz Chopped nuts
3 tsp cocoa
1tsp instant coffee
icing sugar (lots of cause this is where the kids make a big mess! lol)
- Mix the oats, margarine, sugar, nuts and cocoa.
- Mix the coffee with the water
- Combine the two mixtures.
- Roll into small balls.
- Roll the balls in the icing sugar to cover them with ‘snow’
- Place in the fridge to set.
3. Cornflake Wreaths
Another one for the kids, a seasonal twist on the all year favourite. White Chocolate and green food colouring make these an ideal (if sticky and sweet) cake for those who aren’t so keen on mince pies, lol
225g (8oz) white chocolate
3 tbsp golden syrup (or maple if you prefer)
50g (20z) margarine
100g (4oz) cornflakes
green food colouring
red food colouring
- Melt the margarine and syrup in a saucepan.
- Mix in the cornflakes and ensure fully coated.
- Melt the chocolate (either in a microwave or in a bowl over a saucepan of water)
- Add a few drops of green food colouring to the chocolate, then mix in to the cornflakes, ensuring to fully coat.
- Shape the mixture into ‘wreath’ shaped rings on a plate/tray.
- Mix a small amount of icing (with water) to a firm consistency with a few drops of red food colouring, then roll into small balls – these will form the berries for your wreaths. Add them to the wreaths
- Place in fridge to set.
I hope you like these little recipes 🙂
Have a lovely Christmas and a fun New Year!
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