When I say "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" I'm not talking about flurries of snow, chestnuts by the fire and fair isle sweaters..... I'm craving a slice of this traditional seasonal Australian treat. White Christmas is an Australian household favourite around Christmas, made traditionally with fried fruit, rice bubbles, powdered milk, icing sugar and Copha (a type of processed coconut oil)
My connection with this little slice of white Christmas goes way back. When we first moved to Australia, we really didn't have much of a concept of what Christmas was. In fact my parents were not thinking about celebrations at all, since they'd just hauled their family and all their belongings on a 14 hour flight across the world and were struggling to make rent. But one day, mum brought home a few chunks of this funny looking thing after a work function and I absolutely loved it. To an 8 year old me, this sugary, lumpy thing was pure joy! It really probably was the first 'festive' thing I ever participated in.
Fast forward 14 years later, I'm now making this for my friends, work and family. My recipe for this is probably not really ready to be posted here like this since it's more or less still in testing phase but everyone absolutely loved this batch so I thought why not jot it down.
This is definitely far from a traditional white Christmas. I use a combination of white chocolate, Copha and sweetened condensed milk*. But the combination of ingredients makes it a little more 'melt in your mouth' and is packed with a few 'better for you' ingredients.
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit (I like the addition of peel, it just adds a little extra Christmas zing)
2/3 cup loosely packed glacé cherries
1 cup rice bubbles
1/2 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
1/3 cup of crushed toasted almonds
1/4 cup goji berries
375g white chocolate chips
200g Copha or virgin coconut oil
3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- Melt chocolate and Copha either in the microwave or on a double boiler
- Add in sweetened condensed milk, it doesn't matter if it splits a bit just mix as thoroughly as you can (no seriously I've freak out about the splits but it really does NOT make a huge difference when it's chilled and sliced)
- Combine and mix in all dry ingredients
- Mix dry and wet ingredients all thoroughly
- Tip out into a lined rectangular pan (or for a no fuss serving option, just line and fill some muffin or mini muffin tins)
- Put aside into fridge for at least 5 hours, ideally overnight
- Slice to your desired size
* I'm positive that just tweaking the ratio of the three makes for a more fudgey or firm slice. If you opt out on the Copha and use equal amounts of chocolate and sweetened condensed milk it'll definitely be like a White Christmas fudge. Equally, if you opt out on sweetened condensed milk and used the whole stick of Copha with some icing sugar it'll definitely be more like a traditional White Christmas.