Monday, August 13, 2007

Thought for food #2

Way back when chocolate bars were recommended energy boosters for sportsmen, the London Marathon was sponsored by Mars. The MM was a dedicated marathon runner in those days and in his bag of goodies in the '87 Mars London Marathon was a teacloth printed with a number of recipes using Mars bars. Now that I've abandoned food guilt, and gone back to my mother's maxim of "all things in moderation," I have rescued the cloth from the naughty corner. Here I give you one of the recipes, on the teacloth it is called Biscuit Log Cake but, because of the rare, special occasions that we ate it, my family knows it as Confirmation Crunch:


3 Mars bars, chopped
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2oz butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg, beaten
12oz plain sweet biscuits, broken into pieces
4oz dried apricots, chopped
1/2pint whipped cream

  1. Lightly grease a 2lb loaf pan. Place Mars bars, golden syrup, butter and cinnamon in a saucepan, stir over a low heat until melted and blended.
  2. Remove from heat and add beaten egg, beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in biscuit pieces and apricots.
  4. Press mixture firmly and evenly into prepared loaf pan and chill overnight.

To serve:

Dip pan into hot water for 10 seconds. Turn cake onto a serving plate. coat in whipped cream and decorate with grated, chilled Mars bar.

This makes about 10 servings.


  1. You will be stunned, I know, but your American friends have no idea what a "Mars Bar" is. We don't have 'em. We have similar, but not identical, candy bars but, as a general matter, our chocolates are not nearly as sweet as English chocolates.

  2. That is probably one of the reasons that your teeth are so much better than ours!

  3. David, my researches show that the English Mars Bar is like an American Milky Way Bar, which, in turn, is not like the English sweet of the same name.

    Forget the brands, if you want to try the recipe just use melted chocolate and be healthier!

  4. The Empire lives on in our candy stores. We have them, as well as the full range of Cadbury and Lowney's fares. David, do you have Snickers? Very similar.

    My wife makes a dessert square out of Mars Bars that has made her famous among young and old alike. She'd kill me if I gave away the recipe, but she doesn't blog so I might get away with it. Ready? Melt four Mars Bars over low heat. Add a chopin of butter and a mutchkin of cream...

    Oh no, here she is! Oowwee!!!

  5. I haven't heard of Lowney's chocolates but I'm pleased to hear that Mars and Cadbury chocolates keep the spirit of Empire alive. Good to see that you keep to the old measures, too.

  6. And, of course, "biscuits" are cookies, but I'm not sure what I'd use in a recipe calling for plain, sweet cookies? Butter cookies?

  7. Who would have thought that cookery would prove to be the greatest stumbling block in trans-atlantic communication? Just let me know the next time you are in London, David, and I'll send some of the cake to your hotel, or pop down to Arcadia and I'll show you how to make it.

  8. Very tempting, but I'd hate to be a grockle.

  9. Oh, you and yours would be classed as welcome guests.

  10. David, that is, of course, so long as you are not driving an exhaust-belching 1970 VW camper van!


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