Cakes

A very rocky road

I do have a sweet tooth, but I try not to buy too many sweets, especially after my horrible pregnancy. I had Hyperemisis Gravidarum (HG), throwing up multiple times a day, it really was awful, the fear of having to be sick again. I don’t think anybody can imagine how horrible it is until they have tried it themself. Pregnancy is a time that should be enjoyable but unfortunately in my case it wasn’t. It was a “rocky road”, yes, I know what a pun. I will propberly write about HG another time, but not this time around. Obviously the result in the end was lovely. I would NOT change my Baby Blip for anything in the world, and luckily I got such a lovely husband as well, who always does support me.Unfortunately, having HG aftected my health and teeth rather badly, and I do try and take care of them even more than before pregnancy , brushing my teeth, using dental flush etc.

At home I find it easy enough to not eat sweet things and I also enjoy that it has become more of a treat than before. Its a bit like being a kid, I remember when me and my brother used to visit my grandma and grandad, normally we would get one soft drink to share, it was such a treat! At coffee time there where always sweets, but my grandma used to cut Marsbars in tiny pieces and they used to be at the top of a cake stand, you had to eat your way to the top so having something healthy first.

At work I find it much more difficult to keep away from the sweet stuff, especially in the afternoon, I start craving sweets, cakes, chocolate, perhaps it is the stress getting to me. In the canteen they got these tiny rocky road cakes £2.40 each and I have to fight not to buy them. I rarely do buy them as I find it way to expensive.

Yesterday I needed a gift for someone and I wasn’t sure what to give them, so I decided to make my own Rocky road cake. They got half of what I made and I still got 6 large pieces. It only cost me £3.13 in total to make them and they taste way better than the ones we have at the canteen at work.

This recipe doesn’t actually require the dried fruits, I just like to add them as it gives the cake an extra dimension. I had some dried papaya and mango at home so I added this, but you could use raisins or even nuts or simply leave it out. Also you could make it with 300g dark chocolate instead.


Rocky road cakes 

Makes 12 large pieces or 24 small squares

Ingredients:

200g dark chocolate (70% is best, I just used the basic from Sainsbury, its cheap)

100g milk chocolate

125g unsalted butter

70 – 125g mini marshmallows (Cut into smaller pieces if you cant find the mini ones)

3 tbsp syrup

200g biscuits

50g dried fruits (optional)

3 tbsp Icing sugar (optional)

Method:

1. In a pot ad the butter and syrup, warm it up until the butter is totally melted and it start bubbling. Meanwhile put the biscuits in a plastic bag and bash them up with a rolling pin (you want crumbs but large pieces as well, this is good stress relief.

2. When the syrup and butter mixture is bubbling take it off the heat. Add the chocolate to the mixture and stir until the chocolate is compleatly melted. Take away around a third of the mixture and reserve for later.

3. Now add the buscuits, marshmallows and fruit if using and stir it together, and pour it all in to a none stick baking tray, flattening it with a spatualla. If you don’t have a non stick tray using cling film to avoid it sticking.

4. Add the reserved chocolate to the top and smooth it over with the spatually.

5. Leave it to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours or over night.

6. When propper set cut it into squares and dust with the icing sugar, best way is to put it throw a small sieve. You could leave out the icing sugar it is mostly for the astetics of the cake. .

7. Store in fridge.

8. Eat them!!!

Bon Appetite – Eventhough I think my grandma would have loved this recipe more than my grandad as she was the one with the sweet tooth!

Oh a nice big cup of tea goes very well with this!!
Costings:

Dark chocolate = £0.70p (Sainsbury Basic)

Milk chocolate = £0.35p (Sainsbury Basic)

Butter (£0.85 / 250g) x 125g = £0.43p (sainsbury)

Marshmallows (75g) = £0.70 (sainsbury)

Golden Syrup (£1.15 / 454g) x 20g = £0.05p

Rich Tea Biscuits = £0.20 (Sainsbury Basic)

Icing sugar (£0.90 / 500g) x 20g = £0.04

Dried fruits (island mix (£3.30 / 250g) x 50g = £0.66p

Total price £3.13 Price per slice (12 total) =£0.26 each

Without fruit

Total price: £2.47 Price per slice (12 total) £0.21p

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