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Hands up who thinks my Festive Dairy Free Crispy Christmas Wreaths are adorable? Okay, you can all put your hands down now (people will think you’re bonkers).
Back in the autumn, or late summer – I can’t remember, I made these Cripsy Chocolate Doughnuts inspired by Costa’s non-dairy version (you really missed a trick there Costa). At the time I knew I wanted to make them again with a festive feel to them but wasn’t quite sure what the twist would be.
For some reason, I seem to get my recipe ideas while I’m lying in bed trying to get to sleep. An idea will dash past my mind and if I’m quick I can grab it and mould it into some do-able. These crispy Christmas wreaths didn’t take long to imagine and design in my head and you’ll be thrilled to hear they don’t take long to make either.
NOTE: This recipe makes 4 larger doughnuts and 6 smaller if you use the silicone moulds I’ve added below in the recipe card as an optional smaller portion size. I am struggling to find the larger individual moulds to show you these days, my moulds came from Lakeland a couple of years ago so if you have a set then PERFECT.
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Different ways to decorate your Christmas wreaths
If the thought of faffing about with making your own holly leaves and berries gets you screwing your nose up…fear not, unscrew that nose.
There are lots of festive cupcake toppers and glittery sugar shapes you can decorate your wreaths with. Just remember to ALWAYS check the labels. many sprinkles can be made in a factory that also handles gluten (WHEAT in most cases) and other allergens. A top tip is also to never assume that safe festive products from last year will still be safe this year. Recipes change all the time.
Alternatively, you could colour your white chocolate red or green and then drizzle them with white chocolate, almost like candy canes.
Different flavour ideas for the Christmas wreath middles
How about spicing things up inside? Why not add multicoloured glace cherries or raisins to add a bit of chewiness, much like a rocky road or tiffin.
For the adults, why no add a glug of brandy to the crispy mixture – now you’re talking! personally I love chocolate and orange together so you could always add a few drops of a good quality orange extract to the ‘milk’ chocolate centre before you coat in white chocolate.
Why do we have Christmas Wreaths?
I can’t help it, if you follow me, you’ll realise by now that I love to add a bit of trivia to my posts and recipes. Maybe it’s the historian in me?
Well this thought crossed my mind while I was cutting out the holly shapes ready to decorate so off to Google I did go.
Basically, the shape of the wreath symbolises eternity and the circle of life. Whilst the evergreen represents everlasting life and growth. The traditional spiky holly and blood red berries are a bit morbid and a nod towards what Easter is all about so let’s keep this light-hearted for now shall we!
Christians have adorned their doors with them for centuries to welcome Christ into their homes. However, I’ve also read that Romans used them to celebrate a victory in battle, that’s a new one on me.
But wait, lets thrown in the curve ball that is the Advent Wreath. This seems to have originated in Germany and is placed on a table and is fitted with candles that you light at significant points in Advent, each of the four candles represent something different; hope, love, joy and peace.
If my memory serves me well, didn’t they have a hanging advent wreath on Blue Peter a billion years ago? Comment below if you remember that or am I going mad?
Other gluten free festive recipe inspiration
First off let me tell you about the drink that you can see in some of these Dairy Free Crispy Christmas Wreath photos, good news – it’s my Homemade Dairy Free Baileys, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, I made a dairy free Baileys recipe for you to enjoy too!
How about little Gluten Free Stollen Bites, another great idea for the Christmas tea table, parties or gift ideas. Then you’ve got these gorgeous German Gingerbread Cookies by Kate over at The Gluten Free Alchemist.
Festive Dairy Free Crispy Christmas Wreaths Recipe
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Festive Dairy Free Crispy Christmas Wreaths
- small ring doughnut mould (6 rings) optional for smaller portions
- 40 g Rice crispy cereal not Kelloggs as not gluten free
- 100 g dairy free milk chocolate
- 200 g dairy free white chocolate
- green and red fondant icing to decorate
- Measure out the rice crispies into a large bowl
- In a separate bowl or jug measure out the free from milk chocolate and melt in a microwave for ease or over a pan of hot water.
- Add the milk chocolate to your bowl of crispies and stir thoroughly to combine ensuring all the cereal is coated in chocolate.
- Spoon the chocolate crispie mixture evenly across your 4 silicone moulds and press down firmly with your fingers or the back of a spoon.
- Pop into the fridge to chill for 10 mins
- Meanwhile melt your free from white chocolate in another bowl or jug as before, once melted divide into two separate bowls and add food colouring of your choice (you could go crazy and divide into four bowl and have four different colour doughnuts if you have the patience!)
- Remove the chilled doughnuts from the fridge and with haste dip and roll your crispie doughnut into the whitechocolate to thoroughly coat (you need to do this bit quickly before the doughnut melts in your hands)
- Place on a non stick tray, preferably with a silicone baking sheet and decorate each crispie doughnut with the holly and berries you’ve cut and prepared
- Finally pop back into the fridge for a final chill.
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