Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rocky Road

I'm off to an 18th birthday BBQ this evening for a boy I used to babysit when he was just a cute little bean. He's now a 6ft string bean.

His mum asked me to make some nougat to make the table pretty, but I'm head down in the writing cave at the moment, so I took the quick way out and made my friend, Mel Scott's rocky road instead. Not quite as pretty as nougat, but I think it'll go fast enough.
Mel's recipe is what she calls "infinitely variable" -- so I varied it.
This is it part of the way through — snipped up marshmallows, and crushed Crunchie bar (honey comb). Then I added toasted slivered almonds, snipped up fruit jellies, some actual dried berries (in an attempt to  make it vaguely healthy) and baby M&M's to make it look festive. At this stage it looks much prettier than the final result, which tastes a lot better than it looks.

The final step is to mix in melted chocolate, then pack it into a flat tray and let it set. Dead easy.
The end result isn't nearly as pretty as the nougat my friend wanted, but this still looks a little bit festive with the M&Ms and it tastes yummy. This is it before I cut it up — well, part way through the cutting up process — I almost forgot to take a pic.
It's hard to believe this boy is eighteen. I've known him since before he was born, and I love him dearly.
Happy eighteenth, Charlie.


  1. I bet that tasted delicious, Anne. How on earth can you go wrong with that list of ingredients? Lucky boy to have someone like you in his life since day dot.

  2. I think it's more lucky me, Louise. I've had all the fun and none of the responsibility.
    And yes, the rocky road was delicious. I hadn't been a fan of rocky road until I tasted Mel Scott's version — just to be polite, I might add. At least the first piece was just for politeness. Those that followed were sheer greed . ;)