As per usual the one thing you can’t plan for over the Easter weekend is the weather and here in the Cotswolds it has been shocking. So we battened down the hatches this afternoon and made these easy peasy chocolate Easter baskets following a simple cornflake cake recipe.
We were really lucky today that we were able to enjoy some of Good Friday as a family. With Ed working in hospitality bank holidays usually mean we don’t get to spend time as a family as not surprisingly these are the busiest days of the year for them. Somehow we lucked out today and although Ed has had to work tonight he had the whole day free.
We popped out at lunchtime to the garden centre but the weather was so grim, the prospect of purchasing anything that needed planting over the weekend was not at all appealing. All we ended up coming away with was two ready made hanging baskets for our back door courtyard.
On the way home we stopped off to purchase the ingredients for these yummy chocolate Easter baskets as I knew Garth would enjoy making them as much as he would enjoy sampling them. I got the recipe for them from the BBC Good Food website (worth having a look at their cooking with kids section – it has tons of great ideas) The Co-op had run out of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs (am I surprised?) so we ended up getting the eggs from the M&S garage we pass. Although I wasn’t best pleased about this as I love a Cadbury’s Mini Egg, they were perfect for our cakes and the colours were so pretty they added a touch of something special to the overall effect I think!!
- 50g butter
- 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
- 100g cornflakes
- Chocolate mini Easter eggs
1. Children: Weigh out the ingredients. Older children can do this by themselves with supervision and little ones can help to pour or spoon ingredients into the weighing scales. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put the cornflakes in another large bowl.
2. Grown ups: Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in the saucepan over a low heat or briefly in the microwave. Allow to cool a little before pouring over the cornflakes.
3. Children: Stir the ingredients together gently using a wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases arranged on a muffin tray (or baking sheet, if you don’t have one). Grown ups will need to do this for younger children or simply arrange on a tray and let the mess happen. Put in the fridge to set.
To make these into Easter baskets we added the mini eggs and chicks (left over from our Easter bonnet making activity.) Garth loved making them and as he had made some at school last week was quite keen to tell me what I was doing wrong (I say differently) compared to his teachers. At least he is taking on board his experiences at Kindergarten and applying them elsewhere, even if it means we have a mini Masterchef judge on our hands!
Happy Easter everyone and remember cocoa grows on trees, so effectively it is a plant.
Do you think we can count it in our 5 a day????????
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