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Monday 28 November 2011

Baking for Beginners: Malteser Chocolate Tiffin

I massively over-catered for trick or treaters this Hallowe'en. Having recently moved in a neighbourhood with lots of children, I expected an endless stream of kids demanding chocolate on the 31st. Alas, my only visitors were two tiny boys who quietly lisped 'twick or tweat?' at the behest of their mum, and then proceeded to give me some sweets. I ended up in candy credit, having received more than I gave away.

So for the last few weeks I've been gamely ploughing through mini bags of chocolates, but it's nearly December and enough is enough. I've tipped the last few bags of Maltesers into a bowl and added them to a chocolate tiffin, to make a delicious malty, crunchy, chewy pud. It's incredibly easy - literally five minutes work - and goes beautifully with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

Malteser Chocolate Tiffin

You will need:
  • 400g dark chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 2 tbsps golden syrup
  • 150g digestive biscuits
  • 75g dried cranberries (or raisins, or other dried fruit)
  • 250g Maltesers
Make it!
  1. Line a medium-sized baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Break up the chocolate into a glass bowl and add the butter and golden syrup. Gently heat it over a saucepan of boiling water or stick it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's melted.
  3. Smash up the digestives by putting them in a plastic bag and taking out your frustration on them with a rolling pin. Don't reduce them to crumbs, you want a bit of texture. Add the Maltesers and give them a gentle bashing, if that isn't too much of an oxymoron.
  4. Gently stir the digestives, cranberries and Maltesers into the melted chocolate and pour into the baking tray. Leave in the fridge to set.
  5. When you're ready for a piece, turn the tiffin out of the tin and allow to come to room temperature before slicing.


  1. That sounds seriously good, I may just have to give it a go!

  2. If you're not a fan of dried fruit, then just stick in some more biscuits. It's bloody lovely.

  3. 'More biscuits' is often my answer to things.

  4. I usually stick a few crushed Crunchies in mine...

  5. And for that, you win the internet today.

  6. You can really put anything in tiffin. Anything lying around. That's edible. And nice.

  7. Why have I failed to embrace tiffin into my life so far? This would make my world a better place, I'm sure.

    *possible over-exaggeration here*

  8. This looked so utterly delicious that I couldn't resist - I made it last night. The office's verdict is MEGA NOMS.

  9. MMMMMM! I have some tiny marshmallows which might be finding their way in too...

  10. I made these the other day and rather over zealously I gave away about half of them to a friend (well she had cooked us dinner). I substituted malted milk biscuits instead of digestives because I prefer them and I have to agree, they were bloody lovely. Am so going to make them again very very soon

  11. how many calories per slice? Or shall I not even ask..


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