Rocky Road Crunch Bars

Today was a rest day for us as I was suffering with a blocked nose and an annoying cough. The weather hovered around freezing today so I thought it best to stay in the ‘van and keep warm to prevent my cold symptoms from getting worse. So instead I did some baking.

I made some Rocky Road Crunch Bars – a recipe from Nigella Lawson’s book “Nigella Express”. These are so easy to make and are an enjoyable accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea or coffee!

Recipe for Rocky Road Crunch Bars

Rocky Road Crunch Bars

  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 300g best quality Dark Chocolate broken into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 200g rich tea biscuits
  • 100g mini Marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar to dust (Nigella states 2 tsp but I find 1 tsp is enough)

Heat the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan over a gentle heat. Remove from the heat, scoop out about 125ml/4½fl oz of the melted mixture and set aside in a bowl.

Place the biscuits into a plastic freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin until some have turned to crumbs but there are still pieces of biscuit remaining.

Fold the biscuit pieces and crumbs into the melted chocolate mixture in the saucepan, and then add the marshmallows.

Tip the mixture into a 24cm/9in square baking tin and smooth the top with a wet spatula.

Pour over the reserved 125ml/4½fl oz of the melted chocolate mixture and smooth the top with a wet spatula.

Refrigerate for about two hours or overnight.

To serve, cut into 16 fingers and dust with icing sugar (Nigella says to cut them into 24 fingers but I think that is a bit mean!).

I find the bars will keep fine in an air tight container in a cool place for up to a week – they never last any longer than that with us :-).

About Elaine Speirs

Elaine comes from Hamilton near Glasgow and her interests in the outdoor scene began at University. She is a keen mountaineer, climber, cyclist and skier. Her first mountaineering exploit was going up the North Face of Ben Nevis after which she was “hooked” on the mountains. She has also climbed outside of the UK, particularly in the Dolomites, Chamonix and Majorca.
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3 Responses to Rocky Road Crunch Bars

  1. Paula says:

    Hmmm sounds good to me. I might even give it a try myself. Hope your feeling better anyway. xx

  2. Steph Howarth says:

    Greetings from Santa Monica! Sorry to hear that you are suffering – hopefully by now you will have recovered. We are reaching the end of a fantastic 3 week stay with Alistair in LA. we spent a week on a road trip with him taking in 3 National parks – Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon. We were lucky and had great walking weather with even some overnight snow at Bruce so the place looked magic . We were very pleased with ourselves in managing to do the rim to rim in a day at Grand Canyon – 16 miles with a 4,600 descent and a 4,800 ascent. The guide books advise against trying to fit it all in a day but we were determined – Ali raced up ahead of us as you can imagine so when we got to the top he was waiting with cold beers – magic! Have a great Christmas and keep posting the recipes – going to try this one, love Steph x

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Steph and Bob.
      It is great to hear from you and to find out about your recent adventures in L.A. I must admit that a rim to rim excursion in the Grand Canyon sounds … well, quite “grand”. The distance and ascent figures also make it appear like quite a challenge. Do you think that Alistair would be good enough to pop over to Scotland and race ahead of us to “get the beers in”. Now that would be like true old-style colonial mountaineering – which I think would be brilliant.
      I’m guessing that you might be back in Hexham for Christmas – but no matter where you are: A very Merry Christmas to you both.
      [Aside: Steph and Bob are our ski buddies who we have skied with a couple of times in the Dolomites. We will hopefully do so again in the coming seasons. It was Steph who gave Elaine the recipe for Irish Tea Bread – this recipe can be found under the “Recipes” category.]

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