Rocky road chocolate pizza | Recipe

I have previously bought a chocolate pizza a couple of times for my husband, for birthday and Christmas, but they are brilliant to give as a gift to a chocoholic for any celebration really. Instead of buying yet another one, I decided to make one myself and it turned out really great!

They are so easy to make as it just involves melting some chocolate and sticking other chocolate or sweets onto it. With no cooking required (other than the melting of the chocolate) it is something that is fab to get the children involved with too – especially for Father’s Day coming up!

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Blackberry & apple crumble | Recipe

Now in my opinion, you can’t beat a good crumble. Usually good for autumn & winter, but it’s perfect for our ‘summer’ at the minute! We had acquired some fresh apples & blackberries so I thought I would use them together in a crumble for Sunday dessert. The oats in the topping make it extra crunchy.

Ingredients (serves 6)
Filling

  • 250 g blackberries
  • 4 large apples, cored, peeled & diced
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

Topping

  • 240 g plain flour
  • 120 g butter, room temperature
  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 50 g porridge oats

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas 5/375F/190C.
  • In the bottom of a large baking dish, place the blackberries & apples making sure they are spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon, mixed spice, and sugar evenly over the fruit.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, sugar, and oats until they resemble breadcrumbs. Get your hands right in there!
  • Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the fruit, spreading evenly.
  • Bake for 45 minutes until the topping is crunchy and golden brown.
  • Enjoy (with custard or ice cream)!
This is my entry to the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014, theme of dessert – linking up with Mummy Mishaps (though I’m not out for a star baker accolade this week as this is nowhere near the featured recipes – just something I knocked up on Sunday and I won’t have time now before I go away to do one of those – enjoy anyway!).

Eat like the greats (free Send A Cow recipe ebook)

I think everybody around the world knows the importance of breakfast.

 
breakfast
ˈbrɛkfəst/
noun
  1. 1.
    a meal eaten in the morning, the first of the day.
    “a breakfast of bacon and eggs”



Breakfast is in fact just that, breaking the fast of the night before. It helps us to get on with our day, gives us energy, helps us think. It is especially important in helping children to reach their full potential in every area of their life. Unfortunately not all children have this privilege. 
 
That is why Send A Cow have launched a new free ebook called The Most Important Meals Of Their Lives, to help raise awareness of the importance of a nutritious breakfast in helping children in the poorest parts of Africa achieve their true potential. 
 
What would have happened if Einstein hadn’t eaten his breakfast on the day he cracked the theory of relativity? Or if Edison didn’t have his breakfast on the day he had a light bulb moment (literally)? Would they have been to think as clearly? So, breakfast may be the most important, if not smallest, meal of the day, but it can arguably be said that it has also been one of the most important meals of all time for these great inventors.
 
Not only inventors, but this fantastic book also contains breakfasts of other greats from history. 
 
How would you like to eat:
 
Ancient Egyptian bread like Cleopatra VII…
 
…Or pound cake, tea, toast and cocoa like Jane Austen?
 
Maybe Umphokoqo like Nelson Mandela…
 
…Or perhaps Sops (stale bread in milk) like William Shakespeare?

 

Or you may want to go the route of Winston Churchill and have poached egg, cold meats, toast and grapefruit.


If you don’t even fancy any of these, you can find another 20 great breakfast recipes from the likes of (amongst others) Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, First Men On The Moon, even Barack Obama!
 
Me, I will definitely be trying some of the recipes featured, and who knows, maybe you, I or a special unprivileged child may be one of the next greats to go down in the history books!* So go on, what are you waiting for?
 
The ebook is free to download but a £2.50 donation is suggested, as the Government will match all donations to the Break… Fast appeal up until the 30th June 2014. Your donation could be enough to support breakfast for an African child for an entire month!
 
*Probably not me.