Oreo Cheesecake Truffles

Christmas has been and gone and I am so not ready for it to be over. Having had a few days off work, I am full of ideas for Christmas gifts, recipes and craft projects that will just have to wait until next Christmas. Christmas really did creep up on me this year! I did take Christmas Eve off work though, to try to take in as much Christmas as I could; it also meant I had time to get some last minute preparation done. I baked some dog biscuits (I’ll shall that recipe soon) for the family pup and I also had time to make these Oreo truffles (that I spotted on A Beautiful Mess the other week), after the food shop and prepping a killer dinner (I’ll post that soon too). J finished work an hour early on Christmas Eve, so I went to pick him up for our first Christmas Eve living together. It was a special evening with the beginning of one or two traditions, I hope, involving mulled wine, Christmas pudding and ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol‘.

Oreo Cheesecake Truffles

I gave these to J on Christmas Eve night, to munch on whilst we watched Muppets, they went down really well; Oreos and cheesecake are two of his favourite things. The best part is that they are super easy to make!

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Mini Christmas Chocolate Puds

These are a family tradition of ours and I’m really excited to share them with you. They came about when my mum had a load of left over ingredients from other baking and wanted to use them up. These ingredients were digestive biscuits, dark chocolate, raisins and brandy and the results were sublime. We’ve had them every year since I can remember and mum always gets them out to serve with coffee, over the festive period. Consider this recipe my Christmas gift to you! They don’t even need any baking but the fruit does need soaking for a few days beforehand, although I have a cheat for that too if needs be. These were another item that made it to my Christmas gift hampers.

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Boozy Chocolate Truffles

Ok, I lied, these don’t HAVE to be boozy and I don’t normally a) drink alcohol or b) like chocolate liquors but Christmas makes everyone a little crazy and for me, that means making boozy truffles. This year I made Cointreau truffles and Calvados truffles,  as part of a gift hamper that I like to make for people. I find hampers great gifts for people when you want to show thought but not waste money on something someone may or may not like. Home made gifts are lovely and in my opinion, the world needs more crafters and cooks (or let’s be honest, more time to do those things!). I’ll be featuring all the items that went into the hamper over the next few days; after which Christmas will actually be here. Where did 2014 go? I’m going to start changing things up on the blog in 2015 too, so stick around for the ride!

Brandy truffles

These truffles do not have to be boozy at all, they work perfectly as plain, delicious, chocolate truffles. I know they aren’t very pretty but it is what’s inside that counts and goodness me the insides of these are blissful. Rich, decadent, boozy bliss.

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Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

I was lucky enough to receive a doughnut maker for my birthday and I’ve been trying to find the right kind of batter or dough to do the job. I made apple cider doughnuts that used a doughnut dough that should be fried but used the doughnut maker, they worked quite well but they still have some tweaking required. These pumpkin doughnuts were delicious but I think they’d work even better in doughnut tins baked in the oven, as they’d have a more even bake to them. That being said, we wolfed them down. I found the recipe on Pinterest but halved it (which made 20 mini doughnuts). As I previously mentioned, I made a tonne of pumpkin purée to see me through the year. I decided to use a mini tub of it to make a little freezer space; that, and I haven’t quite got that Autumn/pumpkin thing out of my system yet (despite having made my 6th Christmas cake of the year today).

Pumpkin donuts

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Poison Apples

Well, Halloween is just around the corner and I love a bit of spooky, scary not so much, but spooky I am all over. Plus, I’m a sucker for a toffee apple. I saw these on Pinterest a while ago and decided Halloween would be the perfect time to make them! I am so pleased with how they came out, even if I accidentally didn’t put enough liquid glucose in and didn’t realised until I had dipped the apples and was washing up my cup measures. Ooops. I think that’s why the toffee was a little runny and pooled around the bottom so much. They were still tasty though. I’ve never made toffee apples before but thankfully they came out ok!

Toffee apple

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