Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Forever Nigella Blogging Event #1: Seasonal Sensations - Sweet & Salty Crunch Nut Bars




Since I got hold of my copy of Nigella's Kitchen I don't think I have put it down. We've been feasting on Toad in the Hole, Pan fried lamb, Teriyaki Chicken and fat wedges of a moist and tasty Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake (although obviously not all at once). When I heard about the Forever Nigella Blogging Event hosted by Maison Cupcake, I knew that with the title of "Seasonal Sensations" I was going to be making something sweet. I clicked my way through Nigella.com and flicked through all of my Nigella books until I saw this dish which literally leapt out at me from the pages of Kitchen.


Sweet honeycomb, salty crunchy peanuts, soft chocolate - and it can be made in about 10 minutes as long as you are prepared to wait the 4 hours or so of setting time (sadly you don't have a choice). Nigella describes the dish as "like several klaxons going off in your head as you eat" and says that it is "gloriously intemperate" and "riotously vulgar". I had to love it.

It was the way she refers to it, as cut in "panforte-type skinny wedges" that gave me the idea of making this for Christmas and (gasp!) giving it away as Christmas presents in pretty little festive bags. I'd also have a batch of this in the fridge to give to visitors over Christmas and New Year with their coffee when they stop by, the lucky things.



I've looked for the recipe on Nigella.com but it's not listed there - but it can be found on page 310 of Kitchen, (published by Chatto & Windus ISBN 9780701184605). One of the great things about this recipe is that with a handful of ingredients and a few minutes in the kitchen you can make it really easily. You just melt some chocolate (I used dark and milk melted together) with butter and golden syrup and then stir in salted peanuts and crushed Crunchie bars.


Tip into a cake tin - I used a silicone one to make it easier to lift out - and leave in the fridge until set. Once it's set you can cut it into skinny wedges, and as you cut you leave behind shrapnel of peanuts, chocolate and honeycomb which were quickly wolfed down as "Cook's Perks"!

If you have any last minute presents to get for people, and can't face the shops, make these. I've been barraged with text messages about how good they are but then I don't need them to tell me of course. I'm off now to make another batch! 

 


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11 comments:

  1. Those sound amazing and look delicious!

    Well done on waiting till it had set ;-)!

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  2. My goodness! What a flavour combo! I'm not too familiar with the contents of "Kitchen" yet so this is a new one on me. I love the klaxon analogy!! Thank you very much for taking part in the first Forever Nigella!

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  3. I am so glad that someone has made this and can give it the thumbs up. I was wondering if it might be a little too salty, but I was going to take the risk anyway. I already have the ingredients and am really looking forward to it now!
    I shall have to check out Maison Cupcake ...
    hopeeternal
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'
    www.hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

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  4. Thanks everyone for commenting - it really is lovely - kind of like a Snickers bar without the caramel and then with the added hit of the honeycomb! One thing I would say is that a silicone spatula or spoon comes in really handy to scrape all the chocolate from the pan once it's melted so you can even the top out more smoothly. I thought it would be more crumbly but it wasn't!

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  5. 'Like a Snickers without the caramel' you say? Sounds great! Perhaps adding a good drizzling of Dulce de Leche would be a good addition. (I buy Confiture du Lait when in France.) I cannot wait to have a go at these - it is my job for this weekend.
    hopeeternal

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  6. I did actually toy with the idea of next time letting the chocolate set with the peanuts and honeycomb in - and then pouring over a thin layer of good thick dulce de leche. Then pouring a thin layer of melted choc over the top of that and letting it set again in the fridge! Not sure if it would be a bit too sweet with the honeycomb as well, but there's only one way to find out I suppose! Good luck with making them - hope you like it!

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  7. I thought these were delicious too ... lethal on the waistline though!

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  8. they are a bit lethal on the waistline... you are right! (but incredibly good)!

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  9. I saw your entry on Sarah's site. These look amazing and I saw Nigella make them on TV! Thanks for sharing

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  10. I'd have been very happy with a bag full of these for Christmas - might just have to make my own.

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  11. I made this over Christmas too - addictive!!

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