The little guy and I spent a chaotic but delicious afternoon in the kitchen – but not before we went out to buy chocolate. So everything we made ended up having chocolate on it; we were on a bit of a roll there!
Normally we leave these plain, but after last year’s aeroplanes we finally invested in some proper Christmas cookie cutters. So the angels needed some white chocolate dresses, right?
These chocolate covered marzipan breads are a favourite this year. They are quick, easy, and good to make with little helpers:
100 g walnut halves, plus ca. 20 pretty ones for decoration
150g plain chocolate
Whizz your walnut halves in a food processor or chop them until they are very fine.
Cut the marzipan into chunks. Knead both together quickly to form a smooth ‘dough’.
Form into approx. 20 small ‘breads’ (you can also make just a few big ones if you prefer).
Melt the chocolate over a water bath and stir well. Cover the breads in chocolate and set down on a piece of baking parchment. Gently push a walnut half into each one and leave to dry.
Kaya loves all the jobs he has in preparing these marzipan breads; pushing the button on our mini food processor (of course with appropriate gear), helping to mix the sticky mass, and putting the walnut halves on top in the end. Oh, and eating them of course.
I also made peppermint bark for the first time (recipe via soulemama – looking at her pictures, I think we’ve overdone it a bit with the candy on top…).
It takes a little longer to make, but mostly that’s because of time spent waiting for the chocolate layers to dry. Time easily filled with knitting. Other than that; simple to make, delicious to taste, and pretty to give as a present.
(If you’re not that much into chocolate, here is also last years Advent Macaroons recipe.)