Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Happy Easter everyone! Sorry I'm a day late but since being back at home my life is either non-stop working in the restaurant or seeing my friends and that certainly applied this weekend with the bank holiday. My weekend was full of split shifts and partying so I am now recovering with an extreme case of tiredness topped off with a lovely cold!

Just before the mad weekend though, I decided to whip up some of my favourite cakes of all time... Chocolate Cornflake Cakes. Yes, they're very easy to make and some of you may think they're boring, but I can almost guarantee you'll change your mind once you've tried these. Sometimes cornflake/rice crispie cakes can go rock hard once the chocolate dries but these little treats are full of golden syrup so they stay chewy as long as they stay on your plate.

To make 15 little cakes you'll need;
100g chocolate of your choice (I always use a dark one, around 70% cocoa)
75g cornflakes
50g butter
4 tbsp golden syrup

First, put on a pan of water and bring it to the boil. You only want the pan filled about a quater of the way and when it begins to boil bring it down to a simmer.

Break up your chocolate, then put that, the butter (cut into chunks) and the golden syrup into a bowl and place it on top of the pan of water. Obviously, make sure the bowl is suitable for heating up, and that it's big enough to put onto the the pan without touching the water.

It is important that you keep the water down to a simmer, because too much heat can make the chocolate split which won't make it look glossy and nice.

This should slowly start to melt the butter and chocolate and as it does, you should stir it all together so it becomes a glorious pool of liquid chocolate/heaven.

When everything is all mixed together and there are no lumps of butter left, take the bowl off the pan of water and put it on the side (be careful, it will be hot).

Add your cornflakes bit by bit and gently stir them in, trying not to break them too much.

When all the cornflakes are covered, separate them into individual cases.

Chef's treat is to lick the spoon AND the bowl. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on that one.

Now all you have to do is try and wait as long as you can while they set... but I won't tell if you have to have one sooner than that!


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