Recipe: No-bake Easter Crunch Cake

Easter Chocolate Crunch Cake no-bake

A super-fast recipe just in case you don’t have enough chocolate in your life this weekend. Fun to make with kids too. If you want to make it gluten-free then you can use gluten-free digestives – they work really well.

Easter Crunch Cake no-bake

Easter Crunch Cake

Ingredients

  • 200g 70% chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 200g digestive biscuits
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 200g mini eggs
  • 50g dried cherries (optional)

Directions

  1. Line a 20cm x 20cm (8inch) baking tray (I use one with a loose bottom which is really helpful when getting the cake out of the tin) with foil or baking parchment – the liner needs to come up the sides of the tin.
  2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and put into a heatproof bowl with the butter. Put the bowl over a pan of water on a very low simmer and stir until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth a glossy. Take the bowl off the pan and leave to cool for a minute or two.
  3. Put the biscuits in a large bowl and smash them up, using the end of a rolling pin. Alternatively put the biscuits in a strong polythene bag, tie closed and bash with a rolling pin. Don’t reduce the biscuits to crumbs, you need smaller and larger pieces.
  4. Stir the syrup and cocoa powder into the melted chocolate, along with the broken biscuits and the 3/4 of the mini eggs and the cherries (if using).
  5. Put the mixture into your prepared baking tray and press down. Sprinkle the remaining mini-eggs over the cake and press them down a little.
  6. Refrigerate for at least an hour, then cut into 12-16 pieces. You will need a very sharp knife, so watch your fingers.
  7. This will keep for up to a week in an airtight tin. I tend to keep it in the fridge so it stays fairly firm.

Happy Easter to you all!

Family haberdashery

I’ve just inherited Sandy’s Gran’s sewing tin. Sadly, she’s not been with us for a long long time now, but I have very good memories of the few times we met. She was a tiny, slightly fierce Glasgow lady, with a very kind heart, and I wish I’d known her longer. I am so glad to have her sewing things.

Here’s the rather battered, evocative little tin – a present from Devon celebrating Francis Drake:
Gran-in-law's sewing box

There’s some gorgeous buttons and buckles –┬áSandy remembers using the one on the top left as a counter in board games when he was a little boy.

Cute new buttons and buckles

There are lots of beautiful wooden buttons:

Gorgeous wooden buttons

I spent a happy time this afternoon giving them a bit of a wash and a polish.

Wooden buttons for my stash..
I love the idea of sewing bits and pieces and sewing knowledge being passed down the generations. I hope I can pass some things on to my boys – I must admit it doesn’t look likely at this point, but you never know!

A little break..

We’ve been away this week. I’m turning 35 (again…!) tomorrow, so we thought it would be good to have a little treat to celebrate, and get away from home, where it’s all too tempting to switch on the PC and do a bit of work, even when you know you need to have a bit of R&R. Our boys aren’t great at coping with too much upheaval, so we just nipped up the road to the familiar territory of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

We stayed in Leek (which has the best Italian deli for miles around – the fabulous Pronto, AND yummy fish and chips), and did some walking in Dovedale & around Grindon and the Manifold valley. We were blessed by the most lovely weather, and although we were a bit too early for lots of blossom, the trees, hedges and spring flowers looked bright and sparkling in the sunshine, and dramatic in the shadows.

Near Grindon, Derbyshire

Beautiful trees between Grindon & Wetton Mill (where the cafe was closed….)

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Celandine

A sunny celandine

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Dovedale

A view along the river Dove

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A cave with a spring, Dovedale

A pretty little cave with a spring inside it – the boys were so fascinated by this, we had to visit it several times

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Scary rock at Dovedale

A big rock in Dovedale – I should really know the name…

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Dovedale

Dramatic shadows and sunshine

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Wood anemone

A very beautiful wood anemone

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DS1

Danny – looking very happy, even though he says he hates long walks

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DS2

I think Tom was insisting on a ‘piggy bank’ at this stage

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Normal blogging service will resume tomorrow, but as I’ve already had a delicious box of Bath Ales (thank you Pete!) delivered to me, I may be slightly incoherent when I get round to writing the weekly fabric news…