Homemade Chocolate Box.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Freshers is back. All of the newbies keep telling me how they've stocked up on tinned food and Dominoes menu. I sighed, wrote my blog on their arm in permanent marker, next to the artistically ejaculating penises and told them to log on and widen their nutritional net. I don't think any of it really registered what I was saying through the vodka hazes, so I've decided to tempt them in.
I've made a freshers chocolate box.

Tempted right?
These little gems are a student proof alternative to getting up and walking to Thorntons. And they are also much more cost effective - and tastier.

For Freshers Chocolate Box you will need (makes around 30):
175g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1tsp cinnamon
50g butter
115g caster sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk

For the decoration:
150g milk chocolate
150g white chocolate
100g plain chocolate
Whole nuts/raisins

To begin with, preheat the oven to 180c.
Then put the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and butter in a bowl. If you have a food processor, use this and blend together, it makes life slightly easier.

If you don't have a food processor, like me, pinch the ingredients together to form a crumble. 

Add in the sugar and the already beaten egg and extra yolk. Mix together to form a sticky dough. 

Said dough, looking sticky. 

Knead gently on a floured surface and then split into two equal pieces. 

Roll out into 30cm logs. Resist the temptation to roll up and leave on a housemate's bedroom floor. It's a hard one, I know. 

Cut into 1cm approx segments, chill for about 30 minutes and then put in the oven for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and then get ready to decorate. 

Melt half of your chocolate to dip your biscuits in, save the other half for decorating/eating. 

Dip half of them in chocolate and cover the rest completely.

Jeeeeez. Don't stick your face in the melted chocolate, you'll only regret it.
I found out the hard way, with a face covered in chocolate.  

Be careful when you lean over and decorate. Casualties may occur. 

I bought myself a £1 piping syringe from Wilkinsons to decorate my little wonders, but if you prefer to buy 100 penny sweets then you can use a plastic food bag and cut a small slit in the corner.
Decorate to your fancy. I opted for stripes, swirls and the occasional raisin or nut. 

Some of them turned out beautifully. Christmas present worthy, I'd say. 

Select the prettiest and serve with a cup of tea. You'll have to eat all of the ones that aren't decoratively up to scratch, it's only right.

Make with your flatmates, get chocolate everywhere and recover from a hangover with a handful or three and a Harry Potter marathon.
L. xxxx

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