Monday 10 December 2012

Advent 10 - a donkey's dream - chocolate haystacks

December 10th

 Luke 2:1-5
The birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
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Well, that little donkey must have been ready for his hay and a good rest. Speaking of hay, chocolate haystacks come to  mind - a quick, easy, sort-of cake recipe. You'll need a large bowl and twenty four cake cases. You can rest these in patty tins, but you don't need to.
Put 10 oz (285 gm) slightly crushed (only slightly) cornflakes into your bowl and add 14 oz (400 gm) dried milk POWDER (not granules) and 2-3 oz (about 70 gm) of cocoa powder and mix together well.
In a saucepan melt 14 oz (400 gm) block margarine (like Stork - appropriate for the birth of a baby) with 16 oz [ 1 lb ] (450 gm) golden syrup.  Pour this into the cornflake mixture and stir it all together - the easiest and best way is to use your hands (then you have a good excuse for licking your fingers).
Put a good spoonful of the mix into each of the cake cases and leave them somewhere cool to set.
To turn these into a 'proper' dessert, serve with fresh strawberries or raspberries and clotted cream. No calories there then!
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