Friday, 18 July 2008

Rocky Road

Today brings the end of another milestone for the nipper. No more walks up to the local church where she has been going to a little nursery school for the past 18 months. In September, it is official 'Big Girl's School' when she starts the 'proper' state nursery. I get pretty sad and nostalgic about these types of milestones as time just seems to fly by, but Cerys just laughs and buzzes on looking forward to the next challenge. What a girl.

To celebrate the beginning of 'Big Girl' time, we got our hands dirty in the kitchen to make a cracking sweet of all sweets for kid's parties and the like - Rocky Road. This thing is the creation from hell if you are on a diet: chocolate, butter, honey, syrup, sweets, anything really. I've no idea where the idea came from but it is a winner with the kids and adults alike.

It is one of those recipes where there really is no recipe, if that makes any sense at all. As long as you have chocolate and butter to make a large slab to paste all kinds of lovely things into, it will work. But the idea is to make it as 'rocky' as possible. So into mine went a little home made honeycomb, that thing that belongs in the chemistry lab as it explodes out of the pan. A few handfuls of jelly tots, dried fruit and marshmallows, and a load of crushed ginger biscuits clags it all together quite nicely, thank you very much. This is DIY food. Fun food that gets your kids involved, food that gets you all happy in the kitchen.

It now sits in the fridge awaiting the arrival of big girl. And if it goes as fast as the past 18 months seem to have, we may have to reach for the diet book after all. Enjoy it while it lasts and keep having fun, the very key of the rocky road of life.

Rocky Road
Makes one large slab

100g milk chocolate
100g plain chocolate
100g butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey
20 ginger biscuits, crushed
A few handfuls of marshmallows
A bag of jelly tots
A couple of handfuls of dried fruit such as cherries and apricots, roughly chopped
A couple of handfuls of honeycomb or Maltesers, broken up

1 - To make some honeycomb, put a couple of tablespoons each of caster sugar and honey into a pan. Bring to the boil then simmer until beginning to caramelise. Quickly stir in a tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda and as it fizzes up, pour onto a plate or tray lined with greaseproof paper. Leave to dry.
2 - To make the Rocky Road, melt the chocolate and butter in a pan then stir in the cocoa powder and honey. Leave to cool a little before stirring in the remaining ingredients, leaving a few of the tots, mallows and dried fruit to decorate the top.
3 - Pour into a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Decorate the top in any order you wish then leave in the fridge to set.
4 - Cut into cubes and dig into that Rocky Road.


Catofstripes said...

oh my, I love honeycomb but it plays havoc with my teeth, so I've given it up these days :)

They do grow up quickly don't they? Wait until she starts bringing boys home!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Aw, sad dad!

You should be proud that she's taking it all in her stride and looking forward to it.

And anyway, milestones are great 'cos they give you an excuse to celebrate and to make yummy stuff like Rocky Road slabs!

Sam Sotiropoulos said...

Ah, Rocky Road... I can remember the first time I tried Rocky Road ice cream, I was instantly hooked! I have not tried the honeycomb version so thanks for sharing, I will be giving this a shot. Looks great! :)

Joanna said...

what a fabulous way to celebrate an early milestone ... I've got a very similar recipe which we use for birthday cake, and which would be improved by a little marshmallow and honeycomb :)


Anonymous said...

Yep, it's a classic. I always end up putting too much honey in mine and ruining it. For some reason, I never learn from that mistake. You would think the recipe was foolproof wouldn't you?! Good luck to the nipper for September! Hx

Trig said...

It's a fine line between love and hate sometimes, but at the end of the day if love doesn't win out you could never do this job. If your daughter loves cooking as much as I did when I was young, then the world is hers. Wish her good luck from me.

William Leigh said...

Love your quantities pal - a large slab - perfect!

Squishy said...

Go the Rocky Road. Oh I have so many of your posts to catch up on young man. I am not looking forward to Peanut starting primary school. My last baby will be off and out in the world. Well maybe not out in the world. I am an over dramatic mother. Blog is looking great. I promise I will catch up.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Hey David, that looks tooth-achingly good!
Time does move fast, doesn't it?

Jan said...

I'm sure Cerys enjoyed every bite. May there be many more milestones for her on the road ahead.

Aimée said...

So sweet, David! With a great dad like you behind her, of course she's confident to go on!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Before you know it Cery will be off to step at a time...and baby steps at that. Enjoy every moment David..they grow up far too quickly!!!!!!I know my daughter is now 21!!!!!!!!

Abitofafoodie said...

I bet your 'big girl' absolutely loved that. Looks very naughty and very delicious!

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