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Cheat’s Chocolate Fudge: a five minute recipe

Chocolate FudgeI made this with Scrip on one of our afternoons together after a half day at school. She’s always loved baking and sometimes we need a quick, simple recipe that doesn’t involve a sink full of washing up (but that leaves a very lickable spoon). She does tend to ask about tasting whatever it is as soon as we get the ingredients out but she managed to control herself during this one (and I did, too).

This is fab – it uses store cupboard ingredients and makes an impressive-looking fudge. I can’t pretend it’s up to true Cornish fudge standards (mmm Roskilly’s) but it’s tasty and moreish (best to cut it into small pieces). It’s also easy to halve the mixture and still get a decent amount. Enjoy.

Ingredients

500g (1lb 2oz) icing sugar
50g (2oz) cocoa powder
50mll (2fl oz) milk
50g (2oz) cold butter, chopped (mine was actually room temperature)
Large handful of roasted and salted peanuts or raisins

Method

Put the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a large microwave-safe bowl; whisk to combine. Add milk and chopped butter and cook on full power (800W) for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, line a tin or serving dish roughly 15cm x 25cm (6in x 10in) with baking parchment.

Whisk the hot mixture until smooth (it will thicken as you do so), then stir in the nuts or raisins. Empty into the lined tin, level the surface and chill for at least 20 minutes before cutting into small chunks.

I originally found this recipe in Good Housekeeping. Another five minute recipe favourite is my chocolate oaty slices.

A 5 minute recipe: chocolate oaty slices

chocolate oaty slicesHere’s a great little recipe from my good friend Helen. She brought this out at an impromptu picnic we had in Cornwall and our children (and all the adults) loved it.

The great thing is it can be made from store cupboard ingredients and it really does take five minutes. Enjoy:

Ingredients

100 g sugar
100 g butter
1 tbsp syrup
4 tbsp cocoa powder
175g – 200g oats

Method

Melt the first four ingredients (everything but the oats) in a pan on a medium heat. Once all melted, turn off the heat and stir in the oats until all are coated. Press down into a baking tin and smooth over (you won’t need the whole tin so start from one side). Leave to cool and once hard, cut into pieces and store or freeze.

She’s in fashion

Happy Easter – I hope you’re enjoying the day, and that you’ve also enjoyed as much chocolate as me. I know it’s not all about that, but it’s one of the only days in the year you can legitimately enjoy chocolate before breakfast (and afterwards, and then later on, until bedtime).

Scrip had some lovely Baby Joules Easter clothes from the Easter Bunny in Cornwall (aka generous Grandma) so she isn’t yet having the chance to develop as sweet a tooth as her mother (but by the looks of how she gobbled up a slice of her birthday chocolate cake a few weeks ago, she’s getting there). I’m also finding it much easier and more rewarding to buy clothes for her now she’s toddling as well as crawling. It’s lovely to be able to put her in dresses again, instead of just hard-wearing trousers, now she’s not so inhibited with all four limbs on the floor.

ImageBut it’s not a clothes trend we’re a part of at the moment. It all started with a prolonged trip to John Lewis with my sister, trying out all the baby pushchairs so I could report back to my husband. I was heavily pregnant so couldn’t really lift them, but we both tried them out in almost every other way and mutually agreed that the Baby Jogger City Mini was the one.

Like with so many baby things, I’m afraid to say that we soaked up all the (brilliant) John Lewis advice and tried out each pushchair in turn, from Graco to Stokke, and then went off and bought ours more cheaply online. But we’ve never regretted the purchase. It’s been brilliant. Continue reading