If you have time and you want to make a quick last minute homemade gift or have something yummy to offer guests over the next week then check out these very cute Christmas pudding petits fours. Think of these as healthier versions of the chocolate truffle. They are about the same size, but packed full of dried fruit they are much better for you. I made mine with my little boy so they are a fun Christmas activity for kids to get involved with.
Here’s how to make them:
- 400g fruit cake
- 50g softened unsalted butter
- 100g luxury mixed fruit (I combined dried figs, dried apricots and sultanas)
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- zest of one orange
- 1 pack marzipan
- Green food colouring
- Crumble up the fruit cake into a large bowl and add the softened butter.
- Put the mixed fruit into a fruit processor and blitz until it comes into a smooth paste.
- Scrape the fruit paste into the bowl with the fruit cake, add the spices and orange zest.
- Mix well with a wooden spoon until it is combined and a sticky consistency, this will take a few minutes to achieve.
- Take a generous teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball, continue until you have used all the mixture.
- Cut a small section of your marzipan, approx 50g and add a few drops of green food colouring. Kneed the marzipan until the colour has distributed evenly. Take very small pieces and shape into leaves.
- Wash your hands to remove any food colouring and then take small pinches of the plain marzipan roll into small balls and then flatten to look like a penny coin.
- Mold the marzipan on top of the mini christmas puddings and then place the green leaf on top, push a clove into the leave to secure the leaf.
I have wrapped my gifts in greaseproof paper and tied with ribbon, you could also use cellophane before wrapping in christmas paper.