I recently added Eric Lanlard's Home Bake to my ever expanding collection of baking books and have been enjoying experimenting with some of his ideas. One of the recipes is for Malteser Squares which I thought was a fun twist on the traditional tiffin! I have used Eric's idea with my own tiffin recipe as I thought the one in the book was a little light on the sugar! It's such a simple recipe that it's ideal for making with little ones.
100g unsalted butter
250g milk chocolate
4 tbsp golden syrup
4 tbsp granulated sugar
4tbsp cocoa powder
225g Maltesers plus extra for decoration
225g Digestive biscuits
'and one cheeky child!'
1. Put the butter, 200g of the milk chocolate, golden syrup, granulated sugar and cocoa powder together in a pan and melt together over a low heat.
2. Finely crush the digestives in a large bowl, you don't want any chunks of biscuit left unlike a normal tiffin recipe as the crunch comes from the Maltesers!
3. Mix the digestives and the melted ingredients together thoroughly then quickly stir in the Maltesers.
4. Press the mixture in to a lined 8" square cake tin and pop it in the fridge to set (not forgetting to lick the spoon!)
5. Once the tiffin is set firm, lift it out of the tin using the lining paper. Sprinkle the top with crushed maltesers and drizzle with the remaining 50g of melted chocolate.
6. Cut the tiffin into squares - Mr Lanlard suggests you can get 20 squares from this quantity but that gives you rather mean portions. We ended up with 12 squares which disappeared so rapidly I didn't get chance to photograph a piece!! Here's some I made earlier - topped with white and milk chocolate chips this time.
'I love this idea so much I am now dreaming up other goodies to add to my tiffin mix - I'm thinking of trying bashed up Crunchies next. What favourites sweeties can you think of that might work with tiffin?'