It's no big secret that I love cake. I really, really love cake and I'm not terribly fussy as to what kind either. Tray bakes, multi-tier, refrigerator and roll...I'm not cake-ist.
This, as you can imagine, can be both costly and fattening but I'm a total sweets addict. I HAVE to have a 'pudding' after my evening meal, even if it's cereal or a yogurt...I need something sweet or I don't feel like my meal has ended. With Christmas approaching and an expensive couple of months with parties, events, hosting family and friends, concerts, a very short city break (squeal) and the big day itself looming, I have GOT to stop buying cake and chocolate every other day. And why am I buying it anyway? I can bake. I made a princess castle for my daughter's birthday for crying out loud, I can handle a dozen muffins.
So, here is a very quick, very easy recipe that requires no baking, a few ingredients and a very sweet tooth; caramel crispy cakes.
3x Mars bars
200g Milk chocolate
75g Unsalted butter
3x Cups of Rice Crispies
Obviously, in the interest of money, get as much as you can own or value branded. Most supermarkets do their own version of all the big name chocolate bars which might work out cheaper, as well as the cereal. Alternatively buy the Mars doubles if you can't get a multipack, it'll save you about 20% on buying them individually.
Start by cutting up your butter and Mars bars, popping them all together in a heat-proof dish. Place that on top of a saucepan of boiling water, stirring as they melt together. Once melted, take off the heat and slowly add the cereal. You might find you need a little more to absorb the buttery, chocolatey goodness, if you do, it's not a big deal. If the liquid isn't absorbed enough, you will end up with a buttery/caramelly residue on the bottom of your cakes which is basically sweetened fat. Not revolting to taste but certainly not a gastronomic delight, that's for sure!
Once you've got your mixture sorted, tip it into a square baking tin (I've found a spring-loaded tin best but a normal tin lined with baking paper will do just as well). Pat down your mixture so that it makes a 'base', using the back of a spoon or a spatula. Make the crispies as flat as possible before chilling in the fridge for about an hour.
Next, melt your chocolate using the same method as you used to melt the butter and mars. Remove your crispies from the fridge and pour over the chocolate, smoothing it out once again with the back of a spoon. It will look very thin on top but don't be fooled, there is more than enough on top of those bad boys as you will see when cut. Chill once more for a further hour (two if you're good at being patient) before removing from tin and cutting into squares to serve.
Voila! Cheap. Cheerful. Scrummy. Quick. Easy. What more can you ask for on an autumnal afternoon? Get the kiddiewinks involved too (don't hog all the spoon licking to yourself)!
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