Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Chocolate favourites- Christmas party recipes

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As Christmas arrives so the supermarket aisles fill with treats, some take me flying back to my childhood Christmases, of family gatherings over the festive period.
And as the list of Christmas parties we will be attending increases, so our grocery shop to Asda over the weekend gave us lots of recipe ideas so the children can go armed with party food for the table.
With lots of inspiration, Seb didn't know where to start:
I decided to try to incorporate the favourite products from Asda's Christmas Aisle with favourite Christmas recipes, which were simple enough for my eager tribe of chefs.

Chocolate Orange Brownies
I have been meaning to try this forever, if nothing beats Brownies as a party dessert, than what could make a better Christmas party dessert than Terry's Chocolate Orange Brownies?
Ingredients
175g unsalted butter, cubed
175g dark chocolate, segmented
Terry's Chocolate Orange, segmented
3 medium eggs
275g light brown sugar
75g plain flour
50g cocoa powder

Method
  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
  2. Create a bain marie and melt the butter, gradually add the dark chocolate until completely melted.
  3. Add half the Chocolate Orange segments, and melt a piece at a time. 
  4. Remove the chocolate from the bain marie and leave to cool.
  5. Break the eggs into a large bowl, add the sugar, and whisk until fully mixed and smooth.
  6. Fold the chocolate mixture into the large bowl. Continue with the folding technique until all contents are mixed with a consistent dark brown colour.
  7. Add the cocoa powder and flour into the mixture. Again fold into the mixture, gently, until the mixture becomes close to a chocolate fudge.
  8. Line a medium baking tray and transfer the mixture into the tray. Add the remaining chocolate segments across the top at regular intervals.
  9. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. When baked the brownie will look papery on top. Leave to cool and cut.
Next on the list was using Matchmakers, and as the children love making and eating gingerbread I thought I'd adapt this recipe with some new flavours.
Orange Matchmaker Cookies
Ingredients
350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsp ground cinnamon
125g butter, cubed
175g light brown sugar
1 medium egg
4tbsp maple syrup
1tsp orange extract
Half a box of Orange Matchmakers.
Icing sugar for dusting

Method

  1. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and combine.
  3. Beat the eggs and syrup together, add to the main bowl and mix into the ingredients combine into a dough. Add the extract and combine. Lightly knead. Add the Matchmakers and combine.
  4. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 15mins.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, cut into shapes and place on the baking tray, ensuring finger space gaps.
  7. Bake for 10-15mins or until lightly golden. Leave on the tray for 5mins and move to a wire tray to fully cool.
  8. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Our final Christmas recipe was inspired by the children's favourite Winter treat:
Hot Chocolate Christmas Bark
Ingredients
100g white chocolate
100g milk chocolate
Handful of marshmallows
Half a packet of Oreos
Edible glitter

Method

  1. Separate the Oreos, and break the biscuits into pieces.
  2. Melt the milk chocolate over a bain marie. Pour into a medium baking tray and spread across the bottom.
  3. Melt the white chocolate over a bain marie. Pour over the milk chocolate, spread across and then use a skewer to create a marble effect.
  4. Add the Oreos, marshmallows and edible glitter with the help of a child.
  5. Put in the fridge for 30mins to an hour.
  6. Tip out and break.
  7. Devour.
And with all our of treats in airtight containers so we are ready for the first of the parties this week, as the school prepares for the Christmas break- lets just keep our fingers crossed the contained stay airtight!

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