Wednesday, 16 December 2009


I suppose, for most of us, time is running out to make our home-made frugal gifts, but, unlike knitted, sewn or crocheted gifts, cooking up a gift is so much quicker!

This recipe for Rocky Road is both mouthwatering and good to look at, plus it should make enough for 3 or 4 gifts.

15 oz of chocolate (milk is good and cheaper, or you could have a mix of dark and milk chocolate).
4 ozs of unsalted butter
3 ozs of digestive biscuits broken up into small pieces (around the same size as the marshmallows)
4 ozs of pink and white mini marshmallows
3 ozs of glacé cherries, quartered

  • Mix the biscuits, marshmallows and glacé cherries in a bowl.
  • Melt the chocolate (very carefully in the microwave, a few seconds at a time or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water)
  • Melt the butter (easiest in the microwave- but don't over cook it, like the chocolate, try a few seconds at a time) and mix it in the chocolate stirring gently to combine.
  • Stir the biscuits, marshmallows and glacé cherries into the chocolate mixture and mix well.
  • Transfer the mixture to a square or rectangular dish or baking tin and level the mixture. You want the Rocky Road to be about 2" thick, so don't use too big a dish.
  • Press down firmly with a spatula or palette knife.
  • Leave to set in the 'fridge and, when completely cold and set divide up into 1" squares - as the mixture is quite thick, this will give large enough chunks.
Put the Rocky Road into cellophane gift bags if you have them, but it's more frugal to use a small, clean jam jar, tie a ribbon decoratively around the lid and add a gift tag. Don't forget to say what it is on the label! If you have any scraps of fabric you could also cut circles out with pinking shears and cover the pot lids.

Store in a cool place and try not to start eating it!

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