Christmas

CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS TREE

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats Comments

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I have been making this Chocolate Christmas Tree since early 90’s, without fail, ever year. Apart from being delicious, it makes a lovely festive centerpiece! Great as a homemade gift too!

Ingredients

  • 550g dark chocolate plus extra for assembling
  • 200g roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 150g raisins
  • 1 brazil nut, cut in half
  • Icing sugar for dusting

Method

Start by covering some overturned trays with foil.  Then, using a pencil and ruler, make crosses on the foil-covered trays in the following sizes:- 17cm, 16cm, 15cm, 14cm, 13cm, 11cm, 9cm and 7cm.  Leave spaces between crosses.

Make the largest of the crosses, of 18cm, on a gold or silver cardboard cake plate.

Roughly chop the chocolate and melt it, either using a Bain Marie or in the microwave. If using the microwave, melt in 30 second bursts and mix each time because even though the chocolate pieces might still look whole, they would have already melted.

When it is melted and smooth, dip the brazil nut to coat and set aside. Now add the chopped hazelnuts and raisins to the chocolate, mixing well.

Now, using a teaspoon and starting with the largest cross on the cake plate, drop teaspoonfuls of the chocolate on the marked crosses. Repeat with all the remaining crosses.  Leave to dry completely overnight.

The next day, melt a little more chocolate and put a little in the middle of the largest cross. Take the 17cm cross and place it on top of the larger one. Repeat with the other crosses. You may need to support the branches by using rolled pieces of foil, used as supports, which you can then remove once it fully dries.

Finally place the coated half brazil nut on top stuck on with melted chocolate.

If you wish you can place a star cutout as a Christmas topper, stuck with chocolate to the brazil nut. Finally dust with icing sugar!

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