Friday, 17 December 2010
Todd and I took a wander through our local parade of shops this morning. I had some post to send off . . .
and I wanted to pick up a few odds and sodds, like milk before the bad weather hits . . . nothing worse than running out of the essentials in bad weather.
We popped into the Butcher's to see a friend and pick up some sausaages. Oh, he had some Christmas fruit ones, which we had for our tea tonight . . . very scrummy!
Then we popped into the local bakery to have a cake and a hot chocolate . . . jam doughnuts to be precise . . . so bad for you, I know . . . but oh so yummy once in a blue moon.
The shelves were filled with lovely cupcakes and treats for the kiddies over the Christmas Hols. I was quite taken with their crispie cakes, so cute.
I often make these at Easter and decorate them with Easter Eggs, but these were Christmas ones, and really cute, but . . . at £1.29 a piece, I thought to myself, they would be very easy to make at home and . . . at a fraction of the cost.
So then we went to the Newsagent's to pick up some flake bars and I came right home and threw some together!
I think they ended up quite cute! I sifted a drift of icing sugar over all of them, and then on half of them I did yule logs made from the chocolate flakes (cut into smaller pieces) and a few red and green decorations to look like Holly, and then on the other half I used some of my precious Christmas sugar decorations that I hoard like gold.
Some are destined for the little lad next door I think, and the rest . . . well
. . . ahem.
I'm really just a kid at heart!
*Christmas Crispie Cakes*
Makes 8 large ones, or 12 small ones
Crisp and chocolatey and very Christmassy! Children love them!
3 ounces crisp rice cereal (3 cups)
50g of good quality milk chocolate (I use Green and Blacks) (About 2 ounces)
50g of good quality dark chocolate (Again Green and Blacks) (About 2 ounces)
a bit of melted chocolate to help adhere the decorations
sifted icing sugar
Melt both chocolates in a bowl set over simmering water. Don't allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk well together. Place the cereal into a bowl. Pour the chocolate over top and mix well with a spoon. Line a bun tin with paper liners. (I like to use pretty ones) Spoon in the cereal chocolate mixture, heaping it up a bit. Allow to sit at room temperature for an hour or so to set. Dust with icing sugar to look like snow. Melt a bit more chocolate and add Christmas sprinkles and decorations to suit. Chocolate Flakes cut into short lengths make great logs! If you can get some holly leaves they look pretty nice sitting on top of the logs. I used holly sprinkles and they are not as nice, but are still attractive.