If you are looking for something that is super quick and easy to make that you can then give to your friends as a gift, you need look no further.
Say hello to the chocolate puddle.
They require no baking, last for a long time and you can top them with whatever you want- it’s a great excuse to use up things like dried fruits and nuts that have been kicking about the back of the cupboard for a while.
For my chocolate puddles I decided to use a mix of dark, milk and white chocolate for the base. I then decided to top them with a mixture of dried fruit, chopped pistachios and a few bits of tablet that I had stored up from a previous baking session.
Whilst making these I had the brainwave that they would make and excellent gift for a vegan friend. You just need to use dairy free chocolate and then if you top them with dried fruits and nuts you’re sorted.
With this clean eating, vegan movement going on at the moment, I believe that vegan chocolate puddles could be the new in thing.
Prep Time: Half an hour not including chilling time
Makes: 22 Puddles
200g Dark Chocolate
200g Milk Chocolate
200g White Chocolate
A handful each of Pistachios, Dried Fruits and Tablet
1.Draw circular templates on a sheet of baking parchment and then line a rectangular tray with it, making sure that the side with the templates drawn on is face down.
2. You now need to melt all three bars of chocolate either in the microwave or over a pan of hot water.
3. Once your chocolate is melted you can either pour it into a piping bag or just have three teaspoons at the ready for pouring the chocolate on to the templates.
4. I decided to go with piping bags as I felt it gave me more control, but it’s really not necessary.
5. Starting with whatever chocolate you want, you now need to fill the circular templates. Once you have done this, take a different type of chocolate and pour/pipe it on top of the freshly filled circles. You can do any pattern you like- once I had piped on my white chocolate I decided to swirl it around with a cocktail stick to give it a marbled effect.
6. Now is it time for topping! Sprinkle the puddles with a mixture of chopped pistachios, small bits of tablet and a selection of dried fruits.
7. Place the tray into the fridge to allow the puddles to set.
So easy, so simple, so tasty.