Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Baking Mad Chocolate Honeycomb Squares

Well I'm sure most of you will have heard of the French TV pastry chef Eric Lanlard and Baking Mad. Even I have heard of both him and the programme and I don't have a television. The Baking Mad website is full of recipe ideas as well as tips, tricks and competitions. I was asked to choose a recipe from this site and make it. Well, goodness me, there were so many recipes to choose from I was a little overwhelmed. First off, I typed in the keyword chocolate - dozens of recipes issued forth. With a little thought I narrowed my chocolate search down to Eric's recipes - if I was going to make something from the site, it may as well be one of his. This gave me a more reduced choice. I had no problems selecting which one to make because chocolate honeycomb squares leapt out and grabbed my attention! I've sort of had honeycomb on the brain recently. I've just reviewed some  delicious hokey pokey. Then Chele over at the Chocolate Teapot made some followed by Kath over at the Ordinary Cook. I was just looking for the excuse to make some of my own and now I'd found it.

Actually, when looking at the recipe, I realised it used maltesers rather than honeycomb. What the heck, much as I love maltesers, honeycomb it was going to be - or was it? I followed Chele's recipe and it looked fine when I poured it out - bubbly and the right colour, but when I went to bash it into bits I found it was sticky and chewy and not in the least bit crunchy. Easily defeated I trudged off to buy some maltesers!

Making half the quantity and adjusting the topping decoration somewhat, this is what I did:
  • Melted 100g milk chocolate (35%) in a pan over gentle heat with 50g unsalted butter and 1.5 tbsp golden syrup.
  • Meanwhile bashed 115g of digestive biscuits in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin.
  • Added the biscuit pieces and 115g maltesers to the chocolate and stirred.
  • Poured into a buttered xxx dish, then levelled with a spoon.
  • Placed in the fridge for an hour to set.
  • Melted 25g milk chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
  • Spread this over the set tiffin.
  • Immediately covered with halved maltesers and bits of my failed honeycomb.
  • Melted 20g dark orange chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
  • Attempted to drizzle this over the top of the maltesers using a teaspoon, but I couldn't get the chocolate runny enough.
  • Made a cone out of greaseproof paper, snipped the end of and used this to force some drizzle out - hmmmm!
  • When set, cut into 24 squares and indulged!
And indulgent is the best word for these - sweet, crunchy, sticky, coma inducing, but so very moreish. They reminded CT of Middle Eastern sweets, not so much in flavour but as sticky flavoursome bites. I was very surprised at how much the orange flavour stood out, given that so little of the dark chocolate actually made it onto the top.

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  1. That's amazing!! Well done!
    Have a nice day

  2. they look amazing... I love honeycomb or cinder toffee as we call it up here... that last pic of it all drizzled in chocolate is to DIE for x

  3. If you hadn't told me it was a disaster I would never have known, that honeycomb looks really good. Are you sure you didn't sneak in a second batch? Thank you for the link x

  4. I made honeycomb last year and it was quite chewy and a little burnt in places but still strangely addictive with chocolate drizzled over it - yours is a more sophisticated version and looks wonderful - I quite like chewy honeycomb - it is not just all about crunch in my book

  5. I think it looks wonderful! What a fantastic treat:-)

  6. I think I actually want to eat the screen...

  7. I LOVE crunchie bars so I would just INHALE these! They look fabulous!

  8. How good do they look? I've not seen the programme either but I do own one of his books and I really should make something from it judging by your post!

  9. I've been watching Baking Mad on 4 on demand over the past couple of weeks (I don't have a tv either!) and some of the recipes Eric has made look to die for! This is definitely one I want to try and looks even more amazing with the honeycomb on top, well done!

  10. I've never heard of Baking Mad, but might have to go and have a look now. That looks fabulous - more temptation!

  11. Those look absolutely amazing! Love the combination of honeycomb AND maltesers...and I guess if you were in a hurry you could just use Crunchie bars instead of making the hokey pokey (although that is lots of fun, especially when it all fizzes up!).

    Am off to check out the Baking Mad website now :-)

  12. Wow, these look amazing. I WILL be making honeycomb this weekend and nothing is going to stop me - especially now I've seen these. And, you don't have a TV?

  13. Wow these look fantastic! Great effort. I love the idea of sticky yet crunchy. Mmmm!

  14. Can I have the whole plate please? These look divine. Now I really want to make my own honeycomb. I've just blogged about a recipe from his book - its a really good book. I'll definitely check out the website as well. I can't believe you don't have a TV! Well I have one but I never watch it so same difference :)

  15. Horrible as it sounds, I think I'm quite happy to fall into a sugar-induced coma after a few bites of this! Looks incredible!

  16. They look lovely, I bet they'd go down a treat at work. I'll have to check out the website - as if I need more things to add to the 'to make' list! Your honeycomb looks great, it doesn't look failed, and I really must get round to making some, thanks for the reminder!

  17. Manu - thank you

    WLM - I'd probably be doing you more of a favour if I didn't ;-)

    Cake Fairy - me too. Will have to try again and hope it's more successful next time.

    Dom - ah yes, I'd forgotten teh cinder toffee appellation - great name.

    Kath - he he, it didn't look to bad, it's just it wasn't crunchy.

    Johanna - thank you for your words of encouragement :)

    A Trifle Rushed - thank you.

    Nom - thank you. It's quite addictive, I'd like some more too!

    Kate - mmm, not sure how satisfying that might be, but hey!

    Karen - you're right, the honeycomb smells wonderful.

    Chele - interested to know what you think of his book and which one it is?

    HungryHinny - thank you. Seem to have problems watching 4OD, but I did see the episode where he made this.

    Janice - ahh, I do my best to tempt ;-)

    Little Loaf - there's an idea and that would make this a really quick treat.

    Helen - if you do make honeycomb, hope it was more successful than mine.

    Hazel - mmmmm, thanks :)

    Baking Addict - good to hear your thoughts on his book, I haven't seen any. You made me laugh about having a TV, but not watching it.

    Foodiva - sometimes the price is just worth paying ;-)

    C - thank you. I think you're right, these would go down a storm at work.

  18. I can feel a sugar induced coma coming on just by looking at those!

  19. Haha, I love the description of 'coma inducing'! These look so delicious, I absolutely love chocolate and honeycomb. Didn't realise there was a Baking Mad website, I've just had a quick look and looks brilliant!

  20. Nic - noooo, don't have one of those :(

    Kim - so even more temptation for you ;-)


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