Move over Mary, you too Paul there’s some new kids in town running the bake off…Oh wait you are…kind of. So here’s my pitch to the execs at Channel 4 the new home of the bake off, which you will not doubt be aware of unless you live under a rock. So here we go, here’s our attempt at beating the bake off with butterkist.
Meet your new baking talent…**drum roll***
Zara and Toby…
Yep these two little *cough* angels have been set a challenge by Butterkist to bake up some delicious sweet treats incorporating their wonderful popcorn. Challenge accepted. Happily.
So channel 4, here’s our pitch, we’ve even chucked in a few videos so you can see their on screen talent. You’re welcome.
Popcorn is and always has been a big hit in our house so we were thrilled to take part. We were spoilt for choice when it came to our selection of popcorn but eventually decided upon two recipes – Rocky Road with Choccy Mallow Popcorn and Chocolate and Toffee Popcorn Bark.
I do believe Choc Mallow is a new flavour of Butterkist Popcorn and is yet to hit the shelf but oh.my.god it is popcorn heaven. It is chocolatey goodness that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty for eating it. Seriously you have to try it. It also lends itself perfectly to these Rocky Road bites. I mean chocolate and marshmallow are key ingredients eh. Inspiration for this recipe come courtesy of the Domestic Gothess.
So you will need:
100g dried cherries
100g digestive biscuits
300g Dark chocolate – or if you prefer half dark half milk (we went for the dark)
50g mini marshmallows
3 tbsp Golden syrup
50g Butterkist choc mallow popcorn
As baking with two small people goes this is a very quick and easy recipe to follow…
1. Melt the dark and milk chocolate in a pan with butter and golden syrup. A bit like this….
…See even a two year old can do it…
Once melted put to one side and allow to cool, but so it remains runny.
2. Line a cake tin with parchment paper (about 20cm/8inches in size)
3. Break biscuits into small pieces and add to a large bow. Then add marshmallows, cherries and popcorn.4. Pour in runny chocolate and stir until everything is thoroughly covered in chocolate and combined.
5. Put mixture into tin and flatten.
6. Melt white chocolate and drizzle over the top as you choose.
7. Place in fridge to set for at least 4 hours – preferably longer if possible.
Et voila you have yourself some incredibly tasty, chocolatey Rocky Road bites with a difference. The popcorn is the perfect addition to these adding an extra crunch and chew at the same time. They were a massive hit with all the fam and for those with a sweet tooth they will be right up your street.
Not going to lie, cooking with two small, very small people, can be a bit tricky at times. They mostly like to eat the goods and spill things or drop things. Oh and the mess – my kitchen was a scary place afterward – yes it still is Mr Tammy *rolls eyes* but we certainly had a lot of fun. Toby basically ate marshmallows and Zara got stuck in saying ‘help me’ at pretty much every stage.
For those of you who can’t quite face taking on the baking with babies shenanigans then we also made some uber simple Chocolate and Popcorn Bark, and heres how:
You will need:
100g white chocolate
100g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
50g Butterkist toffee popcorn
1. Melt all the chocolate in separate bowls
2. Line medium size baking tray with parchment paper
3. Pour in melted chocolate to tray, alternating and swirling the chocolate
4. Add popcorn
5. Put into fridge to set for 4-5 hours.
SIMPLES!!! Even with the little ones…
It might not look much but it’s a fun and easy activity with the little ones and well it’s lots of chocolates combined to make one super chocolate with the added bonus of popcorn…what’s not to like?!
For more amazing recipes and inspiration with Butterkist just check out their page.
So bakers, what do you think? Can Toby and Zara replace Mary and Paul? Do they look tasty to you?