Guest (Christmas!) Blog from Laura Kenny

‘Hi, my name is Laura. I am a student from Dublin and I love to cook and come up with lots of new creative recipes. I have been writing my own food blog The Seasonal Kitchen for the last few months so why not check it out for some inspiration!

With Christmas only just around the corner, why not get into the festive spirit and make this Chocolate Christmas Tree with some of your flat mates. This is a Christmas tradition in my house and we have been making it for years. It’s easy, cheap and lots of fun to make!

CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS TREE

All you will need to make this is:
• 300g good quality milk chocolate
• 150g rice krispies
• Some baking parchment
• Icing sugar for dusting
• A ruler and a pencil!

Templates:
First draw out your X shaped templates on some parchment or baking paper. You will need about 9 X’s of different sizes so what I did was I measured the size of my cake stand, to check what size the biggest X needed to be, and then I worked from biggest to smallest. A cake base or a large plate would work perfect here too instead of a cake stand. Measure the diameter of the base and away you go.

If you want an extra large tree make these layers as big as you want!!

Method:
1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Add the rice krispies and stir to thoroughly combine.
2. Using a teaspoon, place the rice krispie mix, about 2 inches wide, on each X template. Place straight away into the fridge and leave to set completely! (Believe me there will be tears if there are breakages!!)
3. When all the layers are set, remove from the fridge, melt a little extra chocolate and place a blob in the middle of each X. Layer the X’s from biggest at the bottom to smallest at the top, rotating each layer until you have a lovely Christmas tree shape!
4. Dust with some icing sugar for the final snowy finish! :-)

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