How to Make a Glowing Candy Cottage


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This chocolate cottage is a much easier and quicker alternative to making a gingerbread house. It's also great to make with kids, and even tastier to eat afterwards!

 

This chocolate cottage is a much easier and quicker alternative to making a gingerbread house. It's also great to make with kids, and even tastier to eat afterwards!

Recipe by Elise Strachan, taken from Sweet! Celebrations (RRP: £20.00).

 

 

You will need:

Edibles:

Equipment:

  • 2 Hershey's milk chocolate bars, at room temperature
  • 2 Kit Kat bars (4-finger size)
  • 100g milk compound chocolate
  • Christmas themed sprinkles: gingerbread men, holly leaves and berries and candy canes
  • 4 mini candy canes
  • 1 battery-operated tealight candle

1

Warm a sharp knife in hot water before cutting four pieces, each 5 x 6cm, out of the Hershey bars (just under half a bar each). From one piece, cut out a door that is 2.5 x 4cm.

2

Cut one of the Kit Kat bars in half crosswise and set aside for making the roof. Refrigerate all the chocolate pieces for fifteen minutes before proceeding.

3

Melt the milk chocolate and place in a zip-seal bag. Cut off a very small corner.

4

Position a whole Kit Kat bar so a narrow side is facing you. Pipe a line of melted chocolate down the long side of one of the Hershey's pieces and stick it on top of the Kit Kat bar at the very back, with the chocolate ‘bricks’ facing outwards.

5

Once set, take a second piece of Hershey's and pipe a line of melted chocolate the long side and up the short side. Place the Hershey's piece on top of the Kit Kat bar along one side, meeting the back wall. Repeat with the third piece of Hershey's on the opposite side. Pipe a line of melted chocolate along the front edge of both side walls and attach the front piece with the door shape cut out. Decorate the porch and above the door with sprinkles.

6

Turn on the tea light candle and place it inside the structure.

7

To make the roof, pipe a line of melted chocolate along the top edge of the two side walls and angle the Kit Kat pieces so the cut edges meet in the middle. Pipe a line of melted chocolate along the join of the Kit Kat bars and fill with holly and berry sprinkles. Snap the curved edges off four candy canes and use the melted chocolate to affix candy cane borders to the roofline, front and back. Note: Before inserting the battery-operated candle in the candy cottage, make sure it has adequate battery life so that it will still be lit at serving time.

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