Easter is upon us again and as usual, I'm not as organised as I'd like to be. I don't tend to go overboard any way but I still like to do a little something for those closest to me.
A few weeks ago I was flipping through an old Real Living Australia magazine and stumbled on a recipe that I thought I could use for Easter gifts this year. Alas, whilst the concept was a good one, after two attempts I can say that it was a total disaster!
I'd intended to make crunchy, honey rich honeycomb and whilst I managed to get the flavours perfect, it was more toffee than crunchy. So disappointing but determined not to waste it, I decided to use it in my good old faithful Rocky Road recipe as a bit of a twist on a treat that I made last year.
The recipe for the honeycomb (or in my case, sticky toffee) was quite straight forward if you want to give it a go yourself:
1 1/3 cups Raw Castar sugar
2 tbs water
2 tbs Golden syrup
2 tbs Honey
3 tsp Bi carb sods
1 - Combine everything EXCEPT the bi carb soda and bring to the boil on the stove for approx. 10 minutes.
2 - Add bi carb soda whilst the mix is still really hot and whisk quickly. The mixture will double/triple in size so make sure you have a big enough pot to allow for this.
3 - Pour mix into a greaseproof paper lined tin and allow to cool on the bench-top for 2 hours.
4 - Drizzle with melted chocolate if you so desire.
Anyhoo, all was not lost, as I said, I managed to salvage the concept by making rocky road which I individually wrapped along with a few little easter eggs.
Not as pretty as I'd usually make it look but I'm a little sleep deprived today (thanks Ewan) and so I hurried the end result. Hey it all tastes the same in the end doesn't it!
If you are looking for something a bit special to make for your loved ones, here's another idea for you. A good friend of mine, Shannon, is blogging on Saturday 30th March, how you can make these awesome looking truffles (which she has made - how awesome do they look). To see how she makes them go to www.giraffedays.com. I'm certainly going to have a go. Happy Easter everyone.