I seem to have spent a lot of this week lazing or slumping on the sofa and I obviously needed it after the weekend and more especially after lugging £2000 (mostly in coins) to the bank. I managed to rouse myself yesterday to make some goodies.
First off I made a bit more fudge to send to some lovely gals who supported me by buying some of my things on Etsy. Usually I can make this stuff with my eyes closed but yesterday morning it went a bit pear-shaped. The mixture boiled up well enough:
but then the thermometer decided to FALL into the pan and when I fished it out I could barely read it:
a quick wash under the tap and back in the pan and it decided to stop working. I think it was because the mixture had started to thicken around the mercury bit. I have to confess that I was getting a bit stressed out by now because I was also melting this lot on the other plate:
Damn the fudge. I decided to take it off the heat and put it in the tin and hope for the best. Meanwhile, the chocolate, butter and golden syrup had melted and I needed to whizz up half a packet of these:
Then I added some dessicated coconut, raisins and chopped hazlenuts to the mixture and voila Chocolate Tiffin Cake:
This stuff is so moorish. I only made half the recipe as I knew I'd keep munching it. If you'd like to try it yourself here is the recipe:
melt 8oz butter with 8oz chocolate and 2 tablespoons of golden syrup. Whizz up a 300g packet of rich tea biscuits and add to the chocolate mixture together with 2oz chopped hazlenuts, 2oz raisins and 2oz dessicated coconut. Mix it all together and put it in a greased tin and put in the fridge to cool. Cut up into small sqaures I'd say. It's great for parties or when the children want to take food to school for the end of term.
Meanwhile the fudge had set nicely and I waited for the children to come home to tell me that it was fine (I'm avoiding sugar and cakes and bikkies at the moment as I'm losing weight). Thankfully it got the thumbs up so I put it into bags.
This morning it was more cooking because I had invited my handwork class to my house as it's the end of term, we'd finished making our dolls and I've had them for two years and I wanted to mark it somehow. So I decided to make Nigella's Cinnamon Buns:
These are so damn moorish and sweet and sticky and I cannot believe I managed to keep my mitts of them:
I could give you the recipe if you want to make some so please ask. I won't spend ages typing it up now incase no-one wants it.
So the class - all eight of them - came and now they've gone. We ate buns, drank tea and ate chocolate tiffin cake and then they went and ransacked our dressing up clothes so I hardly saw them. (Amber is in that class and they wanted to dress up for their rounders game this afternoon).
I think I can go back and laze on the sofa now - frantic activity over. The children break up tomorrow at 12 o'clock for eight weeks and we are off to America in 15 days. This time in two weeks we will be on a plane - oh my goodness. Details of our trip and asking for recommendations in the next post.
By the way, quite a few of you were oohing and aghing over the fudge and I have four bags (weighing about 100g each) left. That's after I've saved some for the children. I'm very happy to send four bags to four people so just leave me your name if you want some ................. it'll save me eating them. I guess I ought to get them in the post quite soon as I don't know how long they will keep - so leave a comment before Friday 5pm which is our last post - if there are lots of you I'll just pick four names.( Happy to post anywhere by the way).