It’s almost Christmas, and I think this year many people are looking forward to it more than ever. I know that I am. The opportunity to spend time with a few family members is so appreciated after a long, challenging year for all. I’ve started the bakes early too, starting off with these Christmas Pudding Bites packed with traditional mincemeat, chocolate cake and drizzled with white chocolate. I love mince pies and all the Christmassy flavours but unfortunately they contain lots of high FODMAP foods. I therefore decided to make these bites with a small amount of mincemeat so we can enjoy these without the symptoms!
The recipe below involves making cupcakes first, but if you have any leftover cake you can use this instead. You just need approximately 300 grams of cake to make the pudding bites, mixed in the mincemeat and buttercream. For this recipe I used Sainsbury’s mincemeat linked here, however if you prefer making your own, check out my recipe on my mince pie blog post.
The recipe below makes around 12 bites which last around a week when stored in an airtight container.
Christmas Pudding Bites
For the cupcakes
- 55 g Gluten free self-raising flour
- 55 g Caster sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 55 g Butter
- 1 tsp Cocoa powder
For the pudding bites
- 100 g Mincemeat
- 70 g Buttercream (20g butter, 50g icing sugar and a sprinkle of cocoa powder)
- 50 g White chocolate
- Holly iced decorations
- Begin by making the chocolate cupcakes. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or gas mark 4.
- Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the flour, eggs and cocoa powder and mix well. Pour into six cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Leave the cupcakes to cool.
- Make the buttercream by mixing together the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder until you have a smooth consistency.
- Crumble the cupcakes into a bowl using your fingers (or blitz in a food processor), stir in the buttercream and mincemeat and form balls with your hands.
- Place on a plate and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Melt the white chocolate and drizzle on the top of the Christmas Pudding Bites, then decorate with holly decorations. Leave to set.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know if you give them a try this Christmas. I’m sure the whole family will love them, I’m going to be making some for our Christmas tea, I love picky, buffet food in the evening!
Happy pudding making,