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?

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Let’s get started…

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Looks good enough to eat already!

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Digestives, Graham Crackers or any biscuit will do…

Ingredients:

  • 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

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It’s quite therapeutic crushing those biscuits!

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

Method:

  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!

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Watch out for my next buffet table recipe…

Frances🍴xXx

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