Friday, 21 October 2011

Let’s bake at half term

Chocolate Coconut Tray Bake
Recently I was asked if I had an easy recipe to bake at half term with the kids. My friend’s children, aged 7 and 9, ‘love messing in the kitchen’ and like anything with chocolate. What a coincidence! I’d just tried out a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Tray Bake on my friends at YPD Publishing in York . One of them emailed me to say ‘I just wanted you to know that the chocolate coconut thing was the BEST EVER!!!!!!! I would say it’s on a par with Delia’s chocolate torte, which is my all time favourite. It certainly did smell fabulous too. Perfect!’ So praise indeed. Here’s the recipe

Chocolate Coconut Tray Bake
150g/5oz butter
50g/2oz demerara sugar
2 tbsps cocoa
175g/6oz self raising flour
100g/4oz (dark) chocolate
Melt the butter and sugar in saucepan over a low heat. Mix the flour, cocoa and coconut together and add the mixture to the melted butter and sugar. Spread the mixture in a shallow tin and bake in a moderate oven (Mark 4, 180C, 350F) for around 20 minutes. Leave to cool. Melt the chocolate in a bowl in a saucepan over hot water. Spread the chocolate over the top of the Chocolate Coconut Bake and leave until set. Cut into pieces as required.

Grandma has lots of ideas for ‘baking with kids’ as her recipes as so simple. Start them young and get them hooked on baking – it’s easy!  Enjoy baking at half term! Let me know what you bake!

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