Christmas Fruit & Nut Tiffin Wreath

Inspired by a small add on the telly last night for a Chocolate & Nut Wreath, I decided to have a go at turning the much loved Tiffin Recipe into something similar and equally as pretty. An easy, no bake gift, to make.

Makes 2 x 8ins Wreaths and 1 x 7 ins Wreath

Ingredients – for the Wreaths

  • 200g Butter
  • 50g Light Brown Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 8 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 450 g Digestive biscuits ( crushed finely)
  • 400g Sultanas or Mixed dried fruits
  • 200g White Chocolate
  • 1 x Vanilla Pod
  • 300g Dark Chocolate

For the Topping

  • 290g Mix of Dried Fruits and Nuts  of your choice.

Method

  1.   Have ready 2 x 8ins sandwich tins and 1 x 7ins sandwich tin with circular pastry/cookie cutters placed in the centre of each tin. No need to line them.
  2. Place the Butter, Sugar, Cocoa Powder and Syrup in a pan and heat until melted and fully combined.
  3.  Remove from the heat and add the Sultanas and crushed biscuits. Stir until well covered with the cocoa mixture. This will take time so be patient. Don’t be tempted to add any additional liquid, you’ll be sorry if you do, it just won’t set.
  4. Divide the mixture into each of the prepared sandwich tins (not in the centre ring), firmly pressing down with a spoon.
  5. Place in the fridge to cool completely
  6. In the mean time, melt the chocolates separately in clean bowls over a pan of simmering water
  7. Add the seeds of a Vanilla pod to the melted White Chocolate. Do not be tempted to add any liquid Vanilla flavouring as this will alter the state of the Chocolate and it may not set later. Save the remaining Vanilla pod and add to your caster sugar making Vanilla Sugar. Good for baking another time.
  8. Cover the small wreath with the White chocolate
  9. Cover the two other wreaths with the Dark chocolate
  10. Add the Fruit and Nut Topping to the Dark chocolate wreaths pressing down gently to make sure contact is made with the melted chocolate
  11. Leave the white chocolate wreath to set
  12. Return all 3 wreaths back to the fridge to set completely.
  13. When set, remove from the fridge and carefully with a knife, score around the inner and outer edges of the tins and rings. Have a plate ready and remove the wreaths.

To decorate add some ribbon for a festive touch.

They are not suitable for hanging, far too heavy. They will look fabulous on any table or gift wrapped as a present.

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