Chocolate Christmas Pudding

(this activity works particularly well online so girls have access to a fridge)

For this activity you will need:

  • A chocolate orange
  • Maltesers
  • A bar of milk cooking chocolate
  • A bar of white chocolate
  • 3 red sweets
  • Some green writing icing
  • A plastic yoghurt pot or drinking glass
Melt some of your milk chocolate, either in a microwave or in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Leave it to cool for a few minutes. While the chocolate is cooling, unwrap your chocolate orange and place it on top of a yoghurt pot or glass so that the end where the segments join is at the top. Dip a malteser in the melted chocolate and stick it to the very top of the orange. Then create a circle of maltesers around the centre one using the melted chocolate as a glue. Continue sticking the maltesers on until you have almost half the orange covered. Place it in the fridge for a few minutes to set. When you take it out, turn it over and start again from the other end. Melt a few squares of the white chocolate and leave it to cool for a few minutes (if it is too hot it will melt the maltesers and run off too fast). Using a spoon, poor some of the white chocolate on top of your covered orange. Add some red sweets for berries and allow to set in the fridge before piping green icing on to make the holly leaves. You could use ready to roll green icing rather than writing icing.


Campfire on a biscuit

Can be made virtually or face to face.

Provide each girl with their own food bag containing a rich tea biscuit, 2 matchmakers per girl broken up to resemble sticks, 4 midget gems for the fire, 2 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow, strawberry laces trimmed into small pieces to sprinkle on top, mini marshmallows around the edges as seats.  You will also need a small amount of water icing to cover the top of the biscuit so everything sticks.

Assemble as in picture below.

Recipe of the Month: September

Irish Soda Bread – Download the recipe – Irish Soda Bread (PDF)

Try this easy soda bread recipe for when you want bread in a hurry – it’s ready in less than an hour.


  • 170g/6oz self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 170g/6oz plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 290ml/½ pint buttermilk

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
  2. Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  5. Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  6. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

Add to the homemade soda bread, can’t believe it is butter – Skills for my future GUIDE UMA (Pack 9) – it actually works!!

This can be done virtual or face to face. All that is needed is a jam jar each or tube ware type tube with a tight fitting lid. Double cream and muscles!!

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