Chocolate, Fruit and Nuts…

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz

I am really enjoying having the time to dig out all those old recipes I haven’t used for years…

Whenever there was a family gathering, I was always in charge of organising the buffet table. As a student, many moons ago, I bought numerous cookery books and adapted many recipes, that soon became family favourites. Here is my version of a chocolate tray bake, packed with cranberries, coconut, walnuts and topped with dark chocolate….

Indulgent, but oh so good….what’s not to love?


Let’s get started…


Looks good enough to eat already!


Digestives, Graham Crackers or any biscuit will do…


  • 250g butter
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 250g  digestive biscuits (or graham crackers)
  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 50g walnut pieces
  • 200g dark or milk chocolate


It’s quite therapeutic crushing those biscuits!


It’s hard resting the urge to start eating it already!


  1. Line a 12cm square, deep baking tin with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter and 3 tbsp of maple syrup over a low heat.
  3. Crush the biscuits, in a plastic food bag, with a rolling pin.
  4. Chop the cherries into eighths.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the crushed biscuits, coco powder,coconut, cranberries, and broken walnut pieces.
  6. Add the melted butter mixture to the biscuits, and stir through.
  7. Use a spoon to press the mixture down into the lined baking tin, and place in the fridge to chill.
  8. Melt the chocolate and 1 tbsp of maple syrup either in the micro wave or over a bowl of simmering water.
  9. Pour the melted chocolate over the biscuit base until the base is evenly covered.
  10. Chill, then score the chocolate surface into 9 squares.

Why not put the kettle on, invite a few friends round, then relax with a tea or coffee and a well deserved treat!


Watch out for my next buffet table recipe…


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