Rocky road cheesecake bars
Here’s a good way to use up some of those leftover mini Easter eggs – if you’ve got any left, that is.
CUTS INTO 16 squares PREP 30 mins plus at least 2 hrs chilling and cooling COOK 10 mins EASY
175g butter 200g dark chocolate, broken into chunks 3 tbsp golden syrup 250g plain biscuits (such as digestive or rich tea) 50g dried fruit (such as raisins, dried apricots or dried cranberries) 25g mixed nuts, chopped (optional; you could use popcorn or extra biscuits, if you like) 50g mini marshmallows 2 gelatine leaves 50ml double cream 350g soft cheese 100g caster sugar 100g mini chocolate eggs
1 Line a 20 x 20cm tin with baking parchment and set aside. Put the butter, 175g of the dark chocolate and the golden syrup in a saucepan over a low heat. Melt, stirring occasionally until smooth.
2 Meanwhile, tip the biscuits into a bowl and crush with the end of a rolling pin until roughly broken up – you should have some fine, dusty pieces and some larger ones. Add the fruit, nuts (if using) and marshmallows, then pour over the melted chocolate mixture and stir until everything is coated. Tip into the prepared tin and press into an even layer using the back of a spoon. Chill for at least 1 hr.
3 Put the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water and leave to soften for 5 mins. Meanwhile, heat the cream in a small pan over a low heat until steaming. Squeeze as much water from the gelatine as possible, then drop into the cream, swirling the pan to help the gelatine dissolve. Leave to cool for 10 mins.
4 Combine the soft cheese, sugar and warm cream mixture in a large bowl, using a spatula to beat out any lumps. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the rocky road and spread out into an even layer. Chill for at least 1 hr until the cheesecake layer is set.
5 Put the remaining dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave in 20-second bursts. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cheesecake, then immediately scatter with the mini chocolate eggs. Cut into squares. Will keep chilled for up to three days.
PER SERVING 396 kcals • fat 27g • saturates 15g • carbs 33g • sugars 25g • fibre 2g • protein 4g • salt 0.6g
Chocolate spring cupcakes
MAKES 12 PREP 45 mins plus cooling COOK 20 mins MORE EFFORT V
140g light brown soft sugar 100g self-raising flour 50g cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 2 large eggs 135ml vegetable oil 4 tbsp milk For the decorations 300g icing sugar 150g unsalted butter, softened 2 tbsp milk 250g ready-rolled white fondant icing orange, yellow, pink and black gel food colourings 2 tbsp cocoa powder white mini marshmallows (check the label if vegetarian)
1 Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Tip the brown sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a large bowl. Whisk the eggs, oil and milk in a jug. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, whisking until smooth. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Divide the mixture between them, then bake for 20 mins until risen. Leave to cool in the tin.
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