Sunday, 20 November 2011

... a Secret Santa!

Yesterday my lovely Blogging Six ladies and I had our own wee Christmas. Delicious hot chocolate from Coco's on Broughton St, a busride to Leith for a delicious lunch at Mimi's and Secret Santa present swapping and lots of chat and silliness and laughter, near tears and in my case actual tears, but good ones.

Now, about that Secret Santa - we'd arranged to do a small bought gift and a homemade gift. The thing about giving presents for me is it's a double edged sword. I am so excited to do it and find/make something really excellent for the person, but I get really, really nervous about the actual giving and the person's reaction. I assume this is the case for everyone, as it seems ALL the girls felt this way, and as we waited our turn to give the recipient our gifts, everyone's face went from nervous excitement to just nervous to genuine glee at what were very good reactions. This is where my crying came in. Gaynor gave me, as my gift, a framed print of the Dickens Christmas quote - it is so very me-ish I welled up! And also some of he beautiful handmade wine glass charms and snowflake gift tags - snowflakes are my very favourite thing that's symbolic of Christmas.


I had Becca as my recipient, and while I'd gotten her bought gift (which she loved, HURRAH!) weeks ago, I made her homemade gift on Friday night, as it was a 'best made freshly' food gift. Did I mention I also mucked about with a recipe I'd only done once before? Why do I do this to myself?

Anyway, I made the 'Black Forest' version of Nigella Lawson's Christmas Puddini's, and a few more people will be getting these for Christmas in various flavour combinations! The Original recipe says it makes 30, but I ended up with 22.

Black Forest Pudding Truffles (makes 22)
(Adapted from the recipe from Nigella Christmas)

125g Very good quality dark chocolate
350g Christmas pudding, crumbled
60ml Kirsch (mine is Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser, which appears to be quite posh)
2tbsp golden syrup
8 glace maraschino cherries, chopped

100g icing sugar for dusting.

You will need small paper cases for these, they are a little sticky.

  • melt chocolate in bowl over boiling water
  • put Christmas pud and cherries in a bowl and mush a bit
  • add Kirsch and golden syrup and give it a good mix - it should begin to come together
  • lastly, add melted chocolate and stir well.
  • leave for 10-15 minutes until chocolate has cooled and mixture is more bound together
  • place small paper cases on a chopping board, ready for truffles to be added
  • at this point Nigella says use rubber gloves, which i didn't but do if you don't like messy hands.
  • taking a half tablespoon lump at a time, roll the mixture into balls. the will be a little sticky, but drop them into each paper case.
  • when you have worked through, cover loosely with clingfilm and put them in the fridge to chill until they set  - 2 hours was fine for mine.
  • put the icing sugar on a plate and roll each truffle in it to coat
  • place back in cases
  • the slightly wetter bits of each truffle will absorb the icing leaving a crackled effect.

After the planning for the swap, and the making, and then our lovely day yesterday, I am very much in the Christmas spirit! The next week will bring a bit of crafting, and a wander around the Christmas Market and Village in Glasgow. I can't wait.

For now I'll settle for a Christmas film, some roast chicken and some spicy hot chocolate.

Thank you for a lovely mini Christmas girls! :)


Rebecca said...

And may I say, as the recipient of those truffles (which are almost gone) that they are GAWJUS! nom nom nom. Thank you sweetheart!

Elizabeth said...

How thoughtful is Gaynor? That is the perfect pressie for you. You love Christmas! Whoop whoop!

jules said...

those truffles look devine!
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Hazels Crochet said...

Awwww very lovely!! Those wine charms are pretty!

Lindsay Jewell said...

I get sooo nervous about giving gifts! Totally understand that. In my family, we do gifts one at a time, so everyone pays due attention to each gift. It's nice, but also anxiety-inducing at times. Still, I love giving gifts. It's one of my favorite things. :)

I love that framed quote. I think my husband needs something like that. He loves Christmas. :)

Anya adores said...

These truffles looks divine - hope you had a lovely weekend

amy b.s. said...

the truffles sound great!

Alison Cross said...

That sounds like a SUPER gift giving session. I adore that quote from A Christmas Carol too!

Truffles look EPIC!!!!

Ali x

Siobhan said...

Those truffles look incredible. It sounds like truly wonderful weekend. I'm so glad things have been good.

The Sentimental Suitcase said...

What a great idea! You are such a sweetie Lisa-Marie!

Zoe {Conversation Pieces} said...

Yayness... and a truffle recipe too. May have to try these when I get a moment :)

grace said...

i appreciate homemade gifts ALWAYS, but the very best kind is the sort you can eat. those truffles sound amazing!

dina vanessa mercado said...

i love the truffles, yummy!!!! great post!!! love your blog, following you now, hope you could visit my blog too..kissess!!!

Spare Thoughts said...

I loved blogging six secret santa.

Rebecca said...

^^ what R said.