You remember Pantalooned Boycat, don’t you? The infamous furry lodger that is partial to leftover Indian takeaways and moves at a speed so slow that a slug was able to attach itself to his underbelly?
Well, he’s been in hiding lots lately. He’s been receiving unwanted attention and adoration, in measures that positively smother him. Literally.
Meet the perpetrator. Little Miss 7th Wonder. Or Harps the Parps she’s better known in this household. The latest addition to her vocabulary is bum. It’s amazing how relaxed a parent you become the more children you have. A few children ago, I would have stamped on it without any hesitation but now, I trust that it’ll pass and she’ll move on to even more colourful language.
The 7th Wonder loves chocolate. I can’t even remember who introduced her to chocolate and at what age. It’s one of the few words that she can say, along with mallow, as in marshmallow.
Which brings me to a super simple naughty snack that you should never feed children of one digit age because you will seriously be peeling them off the ceiling, that is after you’ve recovered from temporary hearing loss due to the sugar fuelled shrieks that will emanate from these little people.
The recipe is simple. You need butter, sugar, flour, chocolate and marshmallows.
125g plain flour
200g milk chocolate
12 large marshmallows, halved
Set oven to 175C. Grease and line a rectangular tin approx. 12in. x 6in.
1. Put the flour, sugar and butter in food processor and blitz.
2. Spread onto the bottom of tin evenly.
3. Bake for 12-15 mins til golden brown. Take it out of the oven and put your grill on.
4. Break up the chocolate and arrange on top of hot shortbread base.
5. Wait for chocolate to melt a little.
6. Overlap with marshmallows.
7. Put under the grill until the marshmallows are toasted and your kitchen is filled with the sweet smell of caramelising sugar.
During this time, I realised that perhaps my children have had more than their rightful quota of sugar lately.
Once cooled, you can cut these into any sized bars or squares you prefer. Use a hot knife though. This will make it easier to slice through the marshmallows.