I am so excited for my first market in a year. This Sunday 18th July, Sharrow Vale Markets are holding their first street market this year! And I cannot wait to see you all!
The weather forecast is saying hot and sunny 27 degrees, So, don't forget your cream and I will supply the brownies.
It has been a year since my last market. Covid has turned our lives upside down and I am so looking forward to things getting back to normal. If you are out and about this Sunday (18th July) we are in our usual spot, stall 7 which is close to the Hunters Bar roundabout end of Sharrow Vale Road. Come and say "Hi" and introduce yourself, and let me know what you think.
I would love to see you all.
A firm favourite I used to bake for the markets, although not a brownie, and not one I sell online, is Rocky Road. This is a chocoholics dream, loaded with chocolate, biscuit and marshmallow. Almost all of the children (and most of the parents) that come to my market stall are drawn to the rocky road, I think it’s because it is so big, colourful and just looks scrumptiously good.
Before you ask, the reason I don’t Rocky Road on my website www.scrumptiousbylucy.com it is because it is too big for the box and is a little fragile, and I do not think it would survive the DPD journey across the UK. Changing over from a selection of brownies, blondies and cakes, to really specialising and increasing my range of brownies and blondies, was not easy, and although Scrumptiousbylucy deliver delicious brownies anywhere in the UK, in our letterbox brownies gift boxes, it is difficult to send soft top cakes, and to be certain that when they are delivered to your door, they are in the same beautiful condition they left me.
One of the best things about making Rocky Road is it’s simplicity. If you have kids, it’s brilliant fun, although a little messy. It’s one of the boys favourite bakes, they love to get messy with the chocolate! I am never sure how much will end up in the tin, but their chocolatey faces tell me the recipe will be short.
By the time it gets to the fridge the boys have already eaten way too much chocolate in the baking process and although they have had a chocolate overdose, we have had so much fun.
Here is my go-to recipe for the perfect rocky road, feel free to add any of your favourite treats to make this rocky road extra special, it is one of those treats where you can really alter and tailor the ingredients to match your own taste, I can't tell you the amount of sweet treats I have added to the ingredients, and as it was mainly for the boys, they absolutely loved the end results
You can for example change your biscuits from rich tea to oreo’s and for you white chocolate lovers, use white chocolate as opposed to milk and dark chocolate. Although, I do recommend you combining the white chocolate with something such as cranberries to balance out the sweetness. Have fun baking!
140g salted or unsalted butter
200g Digestive Biscuits
200g Milk Chocolate
100g Dark Chocolate (aim for 70% cocoa)
3 tbsp golden syrup
For a quick and easy bake, follow the method below:
Melt the chocolate, syrup and butter in the microwave for 2 minutes on full power. I always prefer using the microwave when baking with children, oppose to using the hob to melt the ingredients.
Break the biscuits ( I use a rolling pin ) and pour into the bowl with the melted chocolate mixture and give them both a good mix until the biscuit is covered.
Throw in the marshmallows and Maltesers ( if you’ve any left) and give it one final mix.
You can add your favourite extras, sultanas, cherries, nuts or even your favourite chocolate treats, the boys favourite addition is smarties.
Finally pour into a lined 8” x 8” baking tin, making sure you press down on the mixture with a spatula and pop in the fridge until set ( I leave mine for at least 3 hours)
Take it out of the fridge and cut into small squares and enjoy!
Top Tips :
If you like your rocky road to have more crunch, use rich tea biscuits rather than digestives
Allow your chocolate melted mixture to cool before stirring in the maltesers and marshmallows as they can melt!
I personally like to use large marshmallows that I have cut in half for big chunks of marshmallow within the rocky road as opposed to the mini marshmallows. I then use the mini marshmallows for decoration as they look so cute!
I am so looking forward to Sunday, so please come along and say "Hi" and try my range of brownies and blondies, and just let me know of any different flavour combinations you would like me to try.