Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Bank Holiday Fun and Chocolate Fondant Recipe

Last Thursday I was sat in my room planning world domination when my two year old called from downstairs "Mum the post!"  Not being very excited by the prospect of another bill I took my time and walked down the stairs opening the mail with a deep sigh.  To my relief instead of the usual, 'you owe me loads of money because you have no choice but to heat your house with my extortionately priced gas letters,' it was this...



I had been chosen to be a Morrisons mum, at least for bank holiday anyway.  To be fair if I had bothered to look at the envelop properly I would have noticed the BritMums logo on the front or the BritMums address on the back!  Morrisons have reduced everyday prices across the store so you'll notice the difference with every shop, and "although they are cutting prices they are not cutting corners."  You will notice the reductions by the yellow stickers in store and online at morrisons.com


I was very excited at the prospect of shopping without having to take my purse out of my handbag and with Morrisons being my usual shopping destination it wouldn't be a hassle either.  We were given a choice of 4 shopping days.  I had hoped to shop the Friday but felt so drained after work that I opted for the Saturday instead.  My weekend was Jam packed.  I went to celebrate my nieces birthday on the Saturday so only got into Morrisons at around 6pm.  Everyone who shops at this time knows that you might miss out on the very thing you wanted because stocks are low but I was lucky enough to find everything I wanted for my bank holiday meal. 

There were signs EVERYWHERE saying 'I'm Cheaper' and the much loved quality that I find with Morrisons products was as evident as ever.  I was even pleasantly surprised to find the 'I'm Cheaper' signs on the items that matter to me as the mother of a toddler, like night time pull-ups.


I was a little disappointed that the majority of lowered prices I saw were on ready meals and fizzy drinks, none of which I buy, but there were the odd fresh items that had prices lowered and of course there were the usual Morrisons deals across the store. 









 On Sunday I had been invited to a garden party in Hatfield so no cooking for me but lots of family fun!



So on Monday after such a busy couple of days I decided that a quiet meal with the children was just what I needed.




Tuna Steak, asparagus, red pepper butter beans and homemade sweet pickle dressing (all ingredients from Morrisons)


   

I'm a dessert person so my favourite had to be the chocolate fondant.  The recipe is as follows (Makes 4-6 puddings depending on size of ramekin):

2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
120g caster sugar 
120g Morrisons dark cooking chocolate (broken into squares)
120g butter (cut into squares)
2tbs coco powder
1 tbs of plain flour
Icing sugar to dust and strawberries optional


  1. I brought 4 Morrisons brown ramekins that had been reduced from £1 each to 50p each, these were greased (with some of the butter) and dusted with the coco powder.
  2. I then put the butter and the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and placed the bowl above simmering water stirring occasionally.
  3. Whilst the chocolate and butter mixture was melting I put the eggs and yolks into a bowl with the sugar and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture was pale and moose like (this takes 3-4 minutes).

  4. I removed the melted chocolate and butter mixture and allowed it to cool for a minute before folding it into the egg and sugar mixture slowly, being careful not to remove too much of the air.
  5. I then folded in the sifted flour until mixed through.
  6. I spooned the mixture into the ramekins and placed them in the fridge (they should be left in the fridge for at least an hour I left mine in for about 4 hours whilst I popped out.)
  7. Remove your ramekins from the fridge and set your oven to gas mark six.  Place a baking tray in the oven, once the baking tray is hot place the ramekins onto the tray and leave in the oven for 12-14 minutes
  8. Once finished dust with icing sugar and serve. (Price per serving approximately <£2)

Now it's your turn to create something special.  Head over to your new cheaper Morrisons and see how much cheaper your shop is.
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