Although we enjoy dates as they are, there are times when I whizz some in a food processor along with other ingredients and make energy date bites. Great for snacking on and perfect for those in the household into sports and heavy training sessions that need fuel on the go. Keeping the ingredients on the healthier side, these naturally sweet date bites include chia seeds ,oatmeal, almond butter and pistachio nuts. These little morsels of goodness would also make great homemade gifts for athletes that you know. But for me… I will enjoy mine with an espresso or arabic coffee. Continue reading
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When growing up the ever popular rice krispie bun adorned the table at just about every kids birthday celebration and we all loved them. Calling this sweet treat “buns” may sound a little odd as the dictionary version of a bun is… “a bread roll of various shapes and flavouring, typically sweetened and often containing dried fruit”. But in Ireland they were called, “Rice Krispie Buns”… and I’m sticking to that. There is also the two ingredient version (also called rice krispie buns), made with melted chocolate and rice krispies, but we like the chewy crunchy texture when made with mars bars and marshmallows.
Making them on countless occasions they never fail to please and we’re not just talking about kids here… adults love them too. The minute my grown-up kids came into the kitchen, each commented “ooh yummy, your making rice krispie buns, when can we have one”? With plenty to go around there was no waiting this time until photographs were taken.
As this is a no-bake recipe they are quick and easy to make and perfect for Easter, birthday parties and other celebrations. Decorate the rice krispie buns with sugarpaste blossoms and butterflies for a springtime theme or use colorful sweets and sprinkles. Of course you don’t have to decorate them, they are just as good left plain and I think the best way to enjoy them is straight from the fridge. Now I am off to make myself and hubby a coffee… guess what sweet treat we’re having on the side?
Rice Krispie Buns
- 75g un-salted butter, cut into small cubes
- 200g mars bars, chopped
- 4 large marshmallows, quartered (use scissors)
- 110g Rice Krispies
- 20 to 22 colourful cupcake cases
- to decorate, butterfly and flower blossoms or other colourful sweets and sprinkles (optional)
How to make:
- Before you start have the cupcake cases and decorations (if using) in place. Next, place the butter and mars bar into a medium heavy-based saucepan. Over low heat, melt the ingredients together while stirring continually until the mixture is smooth. Add the marshmallows, keep stirring until softened and beginning to melt. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the rice krispies.
- With the help of two dessert spoons, spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases. If you plan on adding decorations do so while they are still sticky. Place the rice krispies buns on a tray and chill in the refrigerator (uncovered) until set, for about 20 minutes or until needed. For longer storage keep refrigerated in a suitable storage container with a lid.
Note: You do not have to wait until the marshmallows are completely melted, once they are soft enough mixing in the rice krispies breaks them up.
With the holiday season only weeks away this is the time of year when I find myself making lots of homemade candied orange peel. It’s quite a straightforward process but takes some hours to complete. The final results are so worth the effort… and your home is filled with the warming aromas of the simmering orange peel while cooking.
Strips of candied orange peel dipped in melted dark chocolate, then chilled, are irresistibly delicious and make an impressive after dinner sweet treat, which your guests will guiltlessly devour… if you’re willing to share them! Candied orange peel can be made weeks in advance and used in sweet bread recipes like this Salted Caramel Focaccia with Rosemary and Vanilla or in cakes, cookies, desserts, ice cream and used for decoration on sweets and cupcakes. Continue reading