Half Term week and a quiet Monday morning as families can take their time getting ready for the day rather than that mad plunge into the school time rush.
I wonder with all the choices that children have now, from computer games to clubs wither the fun of making “poisonous pastry” has gone in the bin? I can remember the joy of the process, the feeling that you were helping Mum, the pleasure of making an animal or “doll” and colouring them in. It could make a rainy morning into a treat that lasted at least until dinner time, when you realized that you couldn’t eat them!
I also enjoyed making gingerbread and rock cakes which Dad would manfully chew on after supper.
So lets find a recipe that will be a pleasure for everyone to enjoy.
75g chocolate broken into pieces
125g unsalted butter chopped
250g caster sugar
2 eggs forked to blend
100g self-raising flour
100g shelled roasted Hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 190/375/Gas Mark 5
Line and grease a 20cm baking tin
In a large bowl melt the chocolate and butter together over a pan of simmering water or pop into microwave.
Blend thoroughly and allow to cool
Then beat in the sugar, eggs, flour and nuts in that order
The mixture should be runny and smooth
Spoon into tin making sure its in the corners. Bake for 25 minutes checking after 20 and cover with foil if it looks like burning
Remove from oven and cut into squares while still hot
Enjoy! If someone in your family suffers from a nut allergy replace hazels with a dried fruit or just leave out of recipe.