During term time we have a family tradition – when the big one gets in from High School we gather around the table as a family have a drink and a piece of something yummy to snack on.
It gives us a fifteen minute or so slot in the day where I can catch up on what’s been happening (the good and the bad), find out what homework has been set as well as letting the kids decompress after school before stepping into a relaxing at home time.
Some of our best conversations have taken place in this time slot I can tell you.
A drink and a “piece” (Scottish parlance for a something sweet to tide you over) also means that the kids are not circling the kitchen at 5 o’clock like great white sharks as I am prepping our dinner.
A “piece” means that “peace” reigns until dinner is served.
The kids are great fans of home baking – and although they have some tried and trusted favourites, every now and again we like to try out something new…. like this super quick recipe for buttery oaty bites covered in a soft chocolate layer.
Its less of a recipe – more of a method as it doesn’t really involve much cooking which makes it great for making with the littler kids.
Buttery Oaty Bites
- 80g butter or marg
- 100g soft brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 255g porridge oats
- 100g milk chocolate
- 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a pan and melt gently. When the sugar has dissolved stir in the oats until they are coated in the buttery sugary syrup.
Your house will smell totally gorgeous at this point – even our Postie could smell it when he came to the door (Debt stuff for lodgers past – don’t ask!!!)
Tip onto a baking tray that you have lined with greaseproof paper.
And using the back of a metal spoon press the mixture down hard and into every corner. You won’t be baking this – so press hard to get the base to stick together, just like you would do with a cheese-cake.
Put the base into the fridge for about and hour to firm up.
Take 2 tbsp of peanut butter and 100g of milk chocolate.
Break into pieces and place in a heat-proof basin that you can use as a double boiler.
Over barely simmering water slowly melt the chocolate and the peanut butter together until smooth and liquid.
Pour over the cold base and smooth out with a spatuala. Return the tray to the fridge until the chocolate topping is set.
Now lift the whole lot out of the tray and remove the greaseproof paper. Cut into quite small pieces and sample a couple with a cup of hot tea in the few minutes you have before the hoards descend claim the rest.
I’m counting this as a “frugal bake” for two reasons :
1. I didn’t have to buy anything – even the chocolate was a 17p offer from LIDL a while back and I bought ten of them and hid them in the store. It made 24 pieces at 3.5p each …….. not bad for after school snacks!!!
2. Now ovens were heated in the making of this recipe – so cheapy on the fuel bills too!!
So – dish the goodies!!! What are you guys planning to bake this week? What treats are in your cookie jars?