20 April 2009

Hello stranger!

Long time no see! It's been quite a while since my last post, why?, I'm not sure really.
I lost my mojo, wasn't really inspired to cook at all, let alone think of blogging, and as always, life has a way of creeping up on you and taking over. I still haven't got that spark back but as I felt a little inspiration to stir up some treats in the kitchen I thought I'd share them with you.

Lunchbox treats

50g milk chocolate
150g rice malt syrup (I used a less healthier golden syrup)
55g butter
60g rice crispies
30g cornflakes (I crushed them a little)
40g quick cook oats
75g sesame seeds

Melt the chocolate, syrup and butter gently in a heavy-based saucepan.

Add all the other ingredients, turning to coat everything well.

Using your hands (encased in CSI gloves), shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls. You should get about 25; you could also make this using a 12-bun muffin tin lined with muffin papers to get 12 larger cupcakes.

Let them set in the fridge for an hour or so, and they will keep quite happily in there for a week of treats.

I spent the day pottering about and decided I wanted to bake but without the mess, some light weighing and stirring, these lunchbox treats from Nigella Express sounded perfect. Nigella says these are a ideal wholesome snack, including rice malt syrup, seeds and cereal. I can see how that is a healthy snack option, I had no rice malt syrup, so I substituted for good old unhealthy golden syrup. I imagine this substitution made quite a difference to the flavour of these treats and dare I say, for the better. These moreish bites were a cross between a Toffee crisp bar and a Lion bar (remember them?) delicious. Nigella does say that they will last up to a week in the fridge, this batch lasted a few hours, they disappeared in a blink of a eye.


Anonymous said...

Hello there! Nice to see you back :)

I love your cup and saucer, is it part of a set? Very retro.

Francesca x

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Hi Francesca, the cups are a pair of Espresso cups I bought on eBay a while back, I love them.

Elyse said...

Yay! Glad you're back. These lunchbox treats sure do look yummy. I wish I could steal a few from you to stick them in my "lunchbox." Yum!

Anonymous said...

Very nice to see you back Erica :) Those treats do sound lovely but even more so I love your cup and saucer.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

These look delicious, all crunchy and chewy. And I wouldn't worry about the healthiness of the syrup - sugar is sugar in the end! Hope you get your mojo back soon :)

Maria♥ said...

I've still yet to make Nigella's Lunchbox treats! They look really yummy and moreish.


Coby said...

I've made these recently for the very first time as well, so can be contented in the knowledge I know just how good these taste;)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Now those look wonderful I cannot believe I have not baked these yet!

Rosie x

manila houses said...

very tummy tempting :P