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 Honoré.
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)
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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