Mix up a mud pie Me and Jon were sitting in the staff room at Florence's new nursery whilst she was in a 'settling in session'. We had 1 1/2 hours to kill, so rather than driving myself crazy worrying whenever I heard a cry, I started flicking through this old school recipe book. Jon liked the idea of this recipe because it involved no actually cooking, just mixing ingredients and setting in the fridge (I think he liked the way that they displayed them in digger trucks the most...).
Makes about 12 mini pies Tools... Saucepan Knife Wooden spoon Bun tin or 20cm cake tin Foil (if using cake tin) Paper cases (if using bun tin) Jon gave Florence a handful of chocolate decorations, he said she needed "fuel" for cooking-She didn't argue suprisingly! Ingredients... Chocolate strands Chocolate bar 175 g butter 1tbsp cocoa powder 125g castor sugar 125g mixed dried fruit 250g broken biscuits Method... Melt the butter-Job for Daddy Add cocoa and sugar, Florence liked helping with this. Add fruit and biscuits and mix it all up. Put some paper cake cases in a bun tin and divide the mud up equally-Florence really enjoyed doing this and I was suprised at how well she did it. We had a little left over so grabbed a small tin and put the rest in there, we gave up with the spoon by that point and Florence was putting handfulls in.
How to make the muddy topping... Pour some very hot water into a bowl and place another bowl on top of it. Break up the chocolate and place it in the top bowl Let the heat melt it. Once this is done, spoon the chocolate onto the top of the mud pies. Then decorate as you like, we had some dolly mixtures-anything will do. Place in the fridge to set. Repeat with your left over mixture They turned out much better than I had expected! These would be great to entertain an exhausting toddler, and brilliant for Birthday parties. In the book they were displayed in big digger trucks so great for boys!