Do you ever have baked goods emergencies? Sudden needs/requests for a sweet treat when time is pressing? They happen to me all the time! Is it just me??
Take one of these scenarios: there’s a last minute email that it’s a class-mates birthday and ‘can you just provide a safe alternative’; you decide to go on a picnic and the snack section of the larder is totally bare but you know that energy will be required to last the day; or it’s bedtime and they suddenly remember it’s cake day the next day. Well other mums I come across laugh about last minute trips to the corner shop or petrol station for something to fit the brief. That’s not really an option for us, unless I wanted to send in a bag of sweets, so, on goes the oven and the baking begins. Normally just when I’m feeling more like settling down with a nice chilled glass of wine 😉
The perfect option is a non-baked treat, one that can be whipped up with store cupboard ingredients, left to set in the fridge and then cut into squares. So coming up in the next week are a couple of absolutely blinding no- bake recipes. These generally seem to be some of the most popular things I make, so I’m guessing they’re pretty yummy. I’d advise to keep these recipes close to hand, for the last minute emergencies, and you can rock up with some wow goodies which are much finer that the petrol station offerings, the friendly option will certainly be the most popular!
First up is rocky road, certainly a childhood favourite for many, which never fails to please. My version has Rice Krispies as well as crushed up Bourbon biscuits for added crunch, mini marshmallows (use veggie or conventional whichever are your preference) for soft squidgy pillows and honeycomb pieces for little luxurious sweet nuggets to contrast with the rich dark chocolate. These are little bites of pure indulgence – nothing healthy here I’m afraid, just little sweet delights!
Rocky Road Bars
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
makes 20 or so
300g dairy-free dark chocolate, roughly chopped
120g dairy-free margarine
50g golden syrup
200g chocolate biscuits, roughly crushed (I used Tesco Bourbon biscuits that are dairy, egg and nut-free)
50g Rice Krispies
50g mini vegetarian marshmallows (or use normal if you’re not vegetarian/vegan)
50g honeycomb pieces
- Line a rectangular brownie tin with non-stick parchment
- Melt together the chocolate, margarine and syrup, either in a microwave or over a bain marie
- Stir in the crushed biscuits, Rice Krispies, honeycomb and marshmallows.
- Evenly spread into the tin and press down.
- [Optional] scatter over some sprinkles for an extra dose of fun
- Leave to set in the fridge.
- Dust with icing sugar and cut into bars.