Emergency Creme Egg Rocky Road
“Shit. Cake sale”
As someone who is on the PTA committee (I know, I am so good), cake sales always seem like a good idea when it’s someone else’s year group. When it’s my kids’ turn, I usually only remember when the kids are about to go to bed. This means speed is required, so I frequently make the same thing. This recipe is good also because it doesn’t require any real cooking, and it’s a one-bowl recipe meaning minimal washing up (if you exclude the endless digestive crumbs all over the floor…)
Perhaps as they get older it’ll change. But ultimately you want to make something cheap, cheerful, quick and easy. This definitely does the trick.
Emergency Creme Egg Rocky Road
This is based on Nigella’s Christmas Rocky Road, because she is a legend, but tweaked because to me digestives are both cheaper and more child-friendly than amaretti biscuits. The quantities are broadly hers. I also melt my chocolate/butter/golden syrup in the microwave in 30 second bursts, mainly because I’ve made the mix go grainy a few times by doing it on the hob over a bain mairie. Microwaving is easier - and the kids love pressing the buttons. (By the way if it does go grainy don’t panic - use it anyway - it tastes exactly the same, and who’s going to know?). The Creme Eggs could be exchanged for mini-eggs, or left out completely. I do love Creme Eggs, although not enough for a Creme Egg pizza - the Fior-egg-tina. Has anyone tried this?
Makes enough for a good sized cake-sale donation (15 or so)
400g chocolate (all milk, or a mix of milk and dark), chopped or broken up into small pieces
175g unsalted butter
4 tbsp golden syrup
200g digestive biscuits
200g glace cherries
50g mini marshmallows (optional)
For an Easter Creme Egg theme (as per the pics)
12 or so Mini Creme Eggs, cut in half
200g white chocolate
Yellow food colouring
For a Christmas theme
For a regular cake sale
Sprinkles of your choice or Smarties/other sweets
Put the chocolate, butter and golden syrup into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, then repeat until the chocolate and everything else is fully melted and combined.
Crush the digestive biscuits into various different size pieces, either by hand (what we did) or put them into a freezer bag and save yourself a lot of mess (what we should have done).
Put the biscuits, glacé cherries and marshmallows (if using), into the chocolate mixture and stir together.
Tip into a baking tray lined with some greaseproof paper. Smooth the top a bit just to level off - although it won’t look completely flat.
For the Creme Egg version - in a separate bowl melt the white chocolate in the microwave using the same method as above. When melted separate 2 tbsp of the mixture and drop in a tiny amount of yellow food colouring so the chocolate resembles the yolks from a creme egg. Pour the white chocolate over the top of the rocky road, and then splatter blobs of the yellow chocolate on top. Finally, cut the mini creme eggs in half and arrange over the top of the rocky road so hopefully everyone will get one when it’s cut up.
For the other versions - either leave plain, or simply sprinkle your sprinkles over the top of the rocky road mix.
Put in the fridge until firm (takes a couple of hours). Cut into portions - I got 15 generous ones out of mine.
This will keep for up to a week in an airtight container, and Nigella says you can freeze it for up to a month - although I can’t say I’ve ever been that organised.