There’s something extra special about handmade, homemade presents.
There’s something extra special about handmade, homemade presents. These festive showstoppers can be prepped easily and quickly, and you can get the kids to help out too
Prep 15 mins + soaking | Cook 1 hour | Serves 12
In a bowl, combine 1½ cups mixed dried fruit, ¾ cup glace cherries and ½ cup brandy. Soak for 1 hour. Preheat oven to slow, 150 C. Grease and double line a deep 20 cmround cake pan with baking paper, extending paper 3 cm above edge. Combine two 600 g packets vanilla mud cake and prepare following packet instructions, reducing liquid by ½ cup. Stir in soaked fruit, ½ cup slivered almonds and 1 tbsp mixed spice. Spoon into pan, smoothing top. Bake for 2 hours, covering with foil halfway, until cooked when tested. Brush warm cake with ¼ cup brandy. Cool in pan, loosely covered with foil.
Prep 10 mins | Cook 30 mins | Makes 30
Prep 15 mins + setting | Cook 5 mins | Makes 12
Place 200 g chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a saucepan, heat ½ cup thickened cream and 20 g butter on medium, bubbling. Pour over chocolate. Set aside for 2 mins, then stir until smooth. Stir in 1 tbsp rum. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight until firm. Shape level tbsp mixture into balls. Toss in ½ cup cocoa to coat and place on lined oven trays. Chill.