I baked a few of my Christmas gifts this year, to save on the pennies a little and also to make sure everyone got something thoughtful and which they'd know I'd put a lot of effort into. This resulted in me spending a whole day in the kitchen making mince pies along with all my presents. I made caramel shortbread for my dad, which I've blogged about before, and truffles for my mum and boyfriend. My brother is an athlete, though, and watches what he eats quite carefully, so I tried to make something that was a treat whilst still being healthy-ish. I ended up with Rocky Road, and although it contains butter and chocolate, it's also got some good bits. You can obviously replace the extras with whatever you fancy! I know this is too late for you to use for Christmas presents this year, but it's great just as a treat any time, to be honest. Another bonus is it doesn't require baking, which is great when your oven is already full of mince pies and shortbread!
200g Chocolate (I used half and half milk and dark, because my brother isn't a dark chocolate fan but it's better for baking. For a more mature audience, go with dark!)
175g Biscuits (I used ginger biscuits, but digestives, rich tea or shortbread would work just as well)
300g mixture of Mini Marshmallows, Dried Fruit/Nuts, cereal, Maltesers, etc. (I used mini marshmallows, dried cranberries, chopped cashews, and mixed dried fruit including raisins, sultanas, cherries and citrus peel)
Icing sugar, to dust
Start by melting the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water (or in the microwave) and stir until smooth. I always do it over water after a bad experience with a friend's dodgy microwave which set our chocolate on fire!
Press into a tin or tray lined with greaseproof paper, and shove it in the fridge for a couple of hours to set. Remove from the fridge, sprinkle with icing sugar, and slice into squares with a sharp knife. Voila!
Did you make any of your Christmas presents yourself? What do you like to put in your Rocky Road?