Christmas baking is well underway here and I’ve been focusing on bakes that would make great gifts and that I can bake with my kids as well. My girls love to bake and they really enjoyed making and decorating chocolate truffle Christmas baubles with me recently. I am not sure that they will actually be that keen on giving their truffle baubles away when the time comes but I think they make lovely gifts for friends from school. Whether they will actually make it to be hung on the tree is another thing entirely!
If you enjoy baking too, you might like to hear about the cool new community I’ve recently joined that has just launched. It’s called ‘We Bake’ and is the community that rewards you for baking. WeBake.co.uk is the first baking social media platform, a place that celebrates baking but also coaches and motivates bakers to do more of what they love. It’s a community for bakers of any level, where everyone can share all things baking and get in contact with bakers from all over the country.
You can create your own profile, follow other bakers and even win prizes and get access to exclusive events. Imagine a mix between Facebook and Instagram, but with 100% baking content! Perfect for keen bakers like myself. The website offers lots of really useful advice and fun inspiration as well as some great challenges and rewards.
With my chocolate truffle Christmas baubles, I’m taking part in the Bake a Bauble community challenge. As you can see from my chocolate truffle bauble recipe, you can get as innovative as you like with your bauble and you could win the chance to be one of 50 lucky participants to have your edible Christmas decoration hung on the We Bake Christmas tree in London Westfield shopping centre too! I’ve just posted this recipe on my We Bake profile, check it out here, become a We Bake member and let me know what you think! Can’t wait to see your bauble-inspired bakes.
We got baking and decorating with a lot of different sprinkles and gold and silver shimmery sprays from Dr Oetker which was incredibly fun. I still have a gold kitchen right now and just keep finding sprinkles which have got everywhere! My kids enjoyed getting creative though and were really pleased with our creations.
Chocolate truffles flavoured with orange zest and decorated to resemble Christmas baubles, a fun Christmas bake!
- 150 g dark chocolate I used Dr Oetker extra dark
- 150 ml double cream
- 25 g unsalted butter
- zest of an orange or a couple of clementines
- 1 bag white chocolate chips I used Dr Oetker
- cocoa powder for dusting
- icing sugar for dusting
- Dr Oetker gold and silver shimmer spray for decorating
- Dr Oetker chocolatey sprinkle mix for decorating
- pink crystals for decorating
- silver chocolate balls for decorating
- red colour I used a paste colour
- cake pop sticks
- elastic or string
Break the chocolate up and place it in a large bowl.
Pour the double cream into a small pan and add the butter, in cubes. Heat gently for a few minutes until the butter has melted and the cream starts to simmer.
Pour the cream over the chocolate, leave for a few minutes, then stir well until glossy and smooth. Refrigerate for at least four hours.
Using a teaspoon, take spoonfuls of the ganache and roll it into balls using your hands.
Roll each truffle in cocoa powder and then decorate using the shimmer sprays and by rolling in the sprinkles.
Melt the white chocolate gently and coat some of the truffles in white chocolate. If you stick each truffle on a cake pop stick then it is easy to cover them using a spoon. You can also colour some of the white chocolate using red gel/paste colour and use this to decorate the truffles, or roll them in the sprinkles.
Put each of the truffles on a cake pop stick and refrigerate again. When solid, push the stick all the way through, then remove the stick and thread through elastic or string, with a knot at the bottom. Make a loop at the top to hang the chocolate truffles as baubles.
Sending this over to We Should Cocoa with Tin and Thyme
Disclosure: This Christmas bauble post was commissioned by Dr Oetker as part of the launch of their new We Bake platform. All views are my own.
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