Saturday, 9 February 2013

A Crispy Treatie for your Valentine's Day Sweetie

Ahhh Valentine's Day.......the one day of the year where lovers all around the world show their love for each other, known or unknown! As a teenager all my fingers and toes would be crossed each Valentine's Day that maybe there would be an unknown admirer out there somewhere that would surprise me on the most romantic day of the year wanting to be my Valentine. Alas it never happened. Instead I ended up with a gorgeous boyfriend turned husband who in the beginning always made an effort on Valentine's Day (in fact always made an effort with flowers and romantic dinners any day of the week!) but unfortunately ten years later transformed into one of those 'I don't believe in Valentine's Day' types. Oh well it was great while it lasted. Although in saying that I did kick up a slight stink last year and was delighted when a box of a two dozen red long stem roses arrived at work on the 14th of February. This year I'm not holding my breath. But that's not to say that I can't treat him with a little Valentine's Day gift myself!

So I decided rather than buy in to Valentine's Day like the rest, instead I would bake for it (well sort of anyway.....there are no ovens required for this recipe!). I decided on rice crispy treats, Valentine's Day style. How better to show your love with a sticky gooey sweet mess.  And boy oh boy was it sticky and sweet! Lets just say that my weekend began on a huge sugar high making these sweet little treats. I thought I would share the recipe with you all in case you wanted to indulge someone special in your life too. Hope you enjoy x

Valentine's Day Rice Crispy Treats
(makes about 15)

280g packet of marshmallows
60g butter
pink food colouring (optional)
5 cups rice bubbles
150g white compound chocolate 
sprinkles/ hundreds & thousands

1. Place the butter and marshmallows in a large microwave proof bowl and heat on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir well to combine.
Add a couple of drops of food colouring if you wish to colour your treats. Working quickly, add the rice bubbles cup by cup, stirring well to combine.
Mold and push the mixture into a large square/rectangular baking tray (I used a 30x20x4cm tin) lined with baking paper and flatten with a spatula. 
Set aside to cool.

2. Once cooled, remove the slab from the baking tray using the baking paper and layout on a bench to cut. Using heart shape cutters, cut out your treats  and set aside for decorating. 
N.B if you don't have cutters, simply cut into squares.

3. Melt your white chocolate in a microwave safe dish in 30 second blocks, stirring in between, until fully melted and runny. 
Using a piping bag, pipe around the edges of each heart treat with chocolate and then fill the centre until the top of the treat is completely covered. 
Sprinkle with sprinkles and set aside to allow to set. 

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