It is Cake Sale Day at the little one’s nursery today to raise money for the nursery. So my contribution is this Rocky Road Slice and an awful admission, which I will tell you about at the end of this post.
I have completely made this recipe up this morning so I don’t know if it should really be called Rocky Road at all. To be honest it’s not something I would choose to eat myself, it is overly sweet for my tastes, but I think the children will like it.
I have used what I have in my cupboards so feel free to use whatever you have in yours. Replace the cranberries with sultanas or raisins if you like, use another biscuit rather than digestives – you get the idea.
50g dark chocolate
50g milk chocolate
2 tbsp golden syrup
25g mini marshmallows
50g dried cranberries
4 digestive biscuits (Graham Crackers), crumbled
25g Rice Crispies (puffed rice cereal)
30g milk chocolate for drizzling over the top (optional)
Melt the dark and milk chocolate, butter and syrup together in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir well to combine and add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well.
Line a 20cm square tin with clingfilm and pour the mixture in. Level the top, pressing down well. Melt the milk chocolate, if you are using it, and drizzle over the top. Place in the fridge to set. Mine took about 1½ hours this morning.
Cut into squares.
Now for my awful admission. My other contribution will be Double Chocolate Cookies made from a box mix – I know, shock horror. Believe me, I am struggling with this myself. I was given a box of it and I was in a quandary as to what I should do. I have promised myself that I will try not to waste any food, so putting it in the bin was out of the question. Then I worried that I may be becoming an awful food snob. I looked at the ingredients – flour, light brown sugar, sugar,(yes, sugar is listed twice), fat reduced cocoa powder, natural flavouring and raising agent. I was reassured by this list, this is what I would normally put into cookies, so they can’t be too bad. I just had to contribute the butter and egg yolk.
Anyway, I made them and they are OK, they don’t taste as good as if I had got out the flour, sugar and cocoa out of the cupboard. There seems to be a lot more sugar in these than I would have put in and I think the cocoa is poor quality. So, there you have it, my verdict is that these ready to bake kits might be OK if it gets someone baking that wouldn’t otherwise touch it with a barge pole. But, you can definitely make tastier biscuits if you select the best ingredients and the right ratio of sugar.
All in all, I don’t know if it is an awful admission or if I have just become a terrible food snob, but a famous brand of cookie mix did not go in the bin and the cookies will be taken to the cake sale. I might just anonymise the plate though :).