Sunday, 22 November 2015

Tunnocks Teacake Christmas Puddings

Such a quick and easy yet super visually impressive no bake Christmas Treat. Perfect for kids to help make. The iconic Scottish Tunnock's Teacake topped with white chocolate and red and green icing becomes a Figgy Pudding!


So today is Stir Up Sunday. The date on which you should traditionally make your Christmas Pudding. If that all seems like a wee bit too much hard work I've got an alternative idea to share. Tunnock's Teacake Christmas Puddings. If you want to stick with tradition I've also blogged my failsafe 7 Cup Pudding Recipe along with a boozy pud from Neil Forbes of Edinburgh's Cafe St HonorĂ©. 




Tunnock's Teacakes are quintessentially Scottish. Their iconic status was heightened when they made a starting appearance at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Tunnock's is a family baker based in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland. In addition to Teacakes they also make Caramel Wafers, Caramel Logs and Snowballs. The Tunnocks Teacake consist of a round shortbread like biscuity base covered with a dome of marshmallowey Italian meringue. This is all then encased in a thin layer of milk chocolate (red wrappers) or dark chocolate (blue wrappers).




In Scotland the Tunnock's Teacake is an integral part of giving blood. The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service treat their donors extremely well and there's always a great selection of biscuits to enjoy with your cuppa afterwards, but Teacakes are the top choice by a huge margin. With over 700 donors through the doors each day that's a lot of chocolate and marshmallow consumed for a good cause. Blood is required the whole year round but there are particular pressures on the service over the Christmas period. Attendance by regular donors drops off due to busy festive diaries and adverse weather can cause travel issues and cancelled sessions. As the Christmas decorations go up blood stocks go down. This festive season could you make time in your calendar to give blood in exchange for a teacake? You've got it in you to save a life.





TUNNOCK'S TEACAKE CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS

Tunnocks Teacakes (milk or dark)
White Chocolate
Red and Green Writing Icing

Melt the white chocolate and leave it to cool slightly, if it's too hot it will melt the chocolate on the teacake.
Spoon the white chocolate over the top of the teacake and encourage some if it to run down the sides. Put the teacakes in the fridge for the white chocolate to set.
Use green writing icing to make three holly leaves on the top of each teacake. You can be as anatomically correct as you like or just go for a green squiggle.
Finally make three berries on each teacake with the red icing pen (or you could use red sweets)



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15 comments :

  1. I love these teacakes! They're very yummy and pretty! x

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  2. Those are genius! Love it!
    I received blood that saved my life when I gave birth to my daughter so I'm no longer eligible to donate, but I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone that does and encourage anyone who can to give. Without those people I wouldn't be here to see my little girl grow up.

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    1. Giving Blood is such an important thing to do if you can. Made all the sweeter here in Scotland when we get Teacakes!

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  3. To quote my wife... 'oh wow! I'm doing that with the kids at work!!!' :-D these look excellent!

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    1. Fab! The kids will have such fun making them.

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  4. Oh wow! These look fantastic! What a great idea x

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    1. Thanks Kim! I hope you're going to give them a try?

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  5. I've said it before and I'll say it again these are pure genius. I was looking for quick and easy ideas for the Christmas bake sale at work. These would have been perfect but somehow I managed to end up agreeing to bake individual Christmas cakes....go figure! I will bookmark these for next time :-)

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    1. Rather you than me on the individual Christmas cakes! Be sure to get on the list first with these for next year.

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  6. These look fabulous! I pinned the recipe to try it over the Holidays!!

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    1. Do let me know how you get on. They are perfect candidates for a Pinterest Christmas board.

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  7. Very cute! I used to love these teacakes when I was a child but I haven't had them for years. We used to call them squashies as me, my sister and brother would love to break the chocolate by pushing our thumbs into the middle!

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    1. There were a few squashies when I opened them that didn't make it to christmas pudding stage. Chefs perks!

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  8. This post is very helpful, I will to try to make this one for the Christmas this year. It will be a sweet Christmas gift for my guy. Thank your sharing

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