This edible Christmas centrepiece makes a great gift. To serve Place on a white platter surrounded by berries and let people snap pieces off.
400 g dark chocolate
125 g slivered or chopped almonds
2/3 cup chopped dried apricots
2/3 cup sultanas
Icing sugar to dust
Star pattern as described below
Non-stick baking paper
Cellophane to wrap
Prepare a pattern by drawing 7 five pointed stars, starting at 16 cm diameter and reducing in size each time by 2 cm so you have the following size stars 16 cm 14 cm 12cm 10 cm 8 cm 6cm and 4cm. Out line the edges boldly. (This can be easily produced on a computer) or download a template here.
Melt the chocolate gently in a large bowl. Add the fruit and nuts and mix well.
Cut out the stars and place on a baking sheet. Cover with baking paper – you should be able to see the outlines through the baking paper. Fill each star outline with chocolate mixture using a spoon and knife to mould the mixture into shape. Reserve enough of the mixture to stick the pieces together.
Put the stars in the fridge to firm up then place a dab of the reserved mixture into the middle of the largest star. Stick the next largest on top, repeating the process using 3 of the stars then refrigerate to harden before adding the remainder of the stars in the same manner forming a tree. Refrigerate again then dust lightly with icing sugar and wrap in cellophane.