Croquembouche – Alternative to Christmas Pudding

Christmas is coming and I have started to buy bits and pieces for the Christmas table and one thing I get stuck on is pud. I have said before, I am not a fan of Christmas Cake, I also can take or leave Christmas Pudding.  But….

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Aldi asked me to try their ‘Showstopper’ dessert, Croquembouche. It means ‘crunch in mouth’ and it’s not exactly a chore to review 😉

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Its a huge box, so if you are trying to play ‘Freezer Tetris’ I would recommend that you decant the contents from the box, but don’t forget to cut off the instructions to keep.

As you can see from the close up shot, this contains 60 profiteroles, some plain, some chocolate covered, more than enough for a crowd, either as a stand alone pudding or a bit of Buffett ‘Bling’.

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It comes complete with a stand, Caramel and Chocolate sauces and a pack of  gold ‘sprinkles’.

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Start by removing the stand from the packaging and put together – this is very simple no scissors or glue needed – I would recommend constructing this on a baking tray so it can be easily moved afterwards.

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Pop the frozen sauces into a jug of hot water to melt, and I put all of the profiteroles into a large bowl to make it easier to ‘grab’ them – this can be constructed whilst they are frozen.

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Carefully cut off the end of the Caramel pack, and put a blob onto the base of the profiteroles to ‘stick’ them to the stand.

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Continue to stack, placing each part of the stand on ready for the next layer.

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When you have reached the end, use the remaining caramel sauce to drizzle down the tower, and do the same with the Chocolate sauce, then sprinkle the edible glitter.

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Leave for an hour to defrost if using straight away, or put into the fridge to use within 24 hours.

If you have kids, I am sure they would love to help make this special pud for Christmas, nothing that a few wet wipes couldn’t solve 😉

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I could have made this myself from scratch, but I want to spend time with the family and I couldn’t make it for the £4.99 it cost. When we have the whole family round for food after Christmas, I intend to load the table with cold cuts, Cheeses, pickles, salad,  Homemade bread and an Aldi Croquembouche 😇

 

 

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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