Every year, just before Easter, Michael and I make a treat for the security guards at my offices. They are a great bunch of guys and it really makes their day when I deliver treats for them at Easter, on Nelson Mandela Day and at Christmas time. This year we made Easter rocky road. It tasted very nice although it was quite sweet. This is how we made it:
Easter rocky road
150 grams chopped peanut brittle;
300 grams chopped toasted coconut marshmallows;
250 grams mini Easter eggs;
450 grams melted caramel cooking chocolate.
Mix the chopped peanut brittle, toasted coconut marshmallows and mini Easter eggs together in a bowl. Melt two thirds of the caramel cooking chocolate in a glass heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water (or in the microwave with the power turned down to 50% for approximately 3 minutes). Once the chocolate is completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add the remaining one third of the chocolate. Allow it to melt completely. Add the melted chocolate to the other ingredients and mix until everything is coated with chocolate. Spoon the mixture into muffin holders and place in the refrigerator to set.
Michael’s Easter baskets
Michael also decided to make Easter baskets full of chocolates for his four cousins. We made the baskets out of dark gold cardboard which I cut into four squares. I then bent the edges inwards all the way around to make the sides of the basket. I snipped into the cardboard to make the joins as per the photograph below.
Michael folded the cardboard along the bent lines and stapled the joins together to form the baskets. He then added the basket handles which are just strips of cardboard stapled on both sides of each of the baskets.
Michael made chocolates to go into each basket by melting milk chocolate and spooning it into chocolate moulds. He used heart, duck and tool shaped moulds. I gave him some left over small candy coated eggs for his baskets and this is what they ended up looking like.
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series