Time for some nice desserts with friends. It’s quite a while since I last made something very sweet. As the weather has been, and still is, freezing cold, it’s nice to do some baking to forget about the miserable weather outside and also to warm up my kitchen. It looks like my kitchen is gradually turning into my study room too as my iPad, books, etc etc are slowly creeping in there as it’s the warmest place in the house. Very tempted to drag the televison in too….*big grin*.
I have been thinking of some crunchy food lately to snack on and also to share with friends. Food and friends are a great match. Food builds friendship and friends make food taste much better, especially when enjoyed together. I know, I have always been sharing about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle but once in a while, it’s acceptable to break some health rules and just enjoy. Our bodies can handle that if it is healthy. Remember, I still love MacDonalds…..*big smiles*. But really, it’s more for the place than the food. I like the relaxing, friendly atmosphere while having a coffee and some chips. It’s good for the soul….*big smiles*.
I have a box of rice krispies which I thought would be perfect for making some crunchy snacks. Rocky road…..yay! I love rocky road. I made once before. You can check that out at Coconut Rocky Road Slice. That was a nice one with coconut flavour.
Rocky road is actually very easy to make….no baking and nothing much to clean up. Isn’t that wonderful? I love simple, easy and quick recipes! Right, here’s my Peanut Butter Rocky Road Crunch recipe:
300g dark chocolate
1C smooth peanut butter
4T golden syrup (2T if you want it less sweet)
Put all Ingredients A into a fairly big pot or frying pan. Melt under low heat, stirring constantly. Turn off the heat.
1 packet (180g) small marshmallows
300g ginger biscuits (roughly chopped)
3C rice krispies
Pour all of Ingredients B into the melted chocolate mixture. Mix well.
Pour the whole lot of the mixture into a paper lined tin. Use the back of a spoon or spatula to press it down and level it out. Oh no, it looks like some rough country road surface. I don’t like to see those marshmallows sticking out through the surface and also all those rice krispies……hmmm. Need to run a roller over it….haha. But well, I just thought maybe covering it with some melted white chocolate will improve the look. So, here it goes, melting the white chocolate with some butter.
Ingredients C (topping)
200g white chocolate
Put Ingredients C into a small pan. Melt under low heat, stirring constantly.
Drizzle over the rocky road. Smooth it out. This is just a very thin layer to hide the rough surface. If you like a thicker layer, just double the amount of the topping. Mine doesn’t look enough. You can still see the marshmallows…..hmmm. But at least it looks better now.
Let it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hrs. I just left it in my garage as it’s much colder than my fridge.
Cut and enjoy. It’s really good with a cup of coffee or tea. I love the crunch from the rice krispies.
You can leave out the marshmallows if you don’t fancy the soft texture of the marshmallow. Just add another 1-2 cups of the rice krispies to replace it. If you don’t like it too sweet, you can cut down on the golden syrup, maybe to 2T or even none. You can even add nuts or seeds to it if you like. And instead of ginger biscuits, you can use digestive biscuits or shortbread.
This is a great party food dessert which you can make a few days in advance.
Have fun cooking and baking! Til then, see you in my next post!
Quote of the day……
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
- Anna Quindlen