I was recently made aware of 4 Ingredients, a series of cookbooks by Rachael Bermingham and Kim McCosker, two ordinary Australian Mums, that has taken Australia by storm. The idea is a very simple one – create healthy, family-friendly meals that use only four ingredients. They are now introducing their books to the UK, so I was sent some recipes to try.
The recipes I was sent were mainly for sweet treatlets (my favourite!), like mini muffins, cookies, and chocolatey things and the one I chose to make was the Peppermint Chocolate Slice.
This is the picture I was sent of what the Peppermint Chocolate Slice should look like:
You’ll see what mine looked like later…
The recipe is as follows:
• 1 pkt dark chocolate melts
• 3 drops peppermint essence
• 1⁄2 pkt white chocolate melts
• 4 drops green food colouring
Line 20cm square cake tin with baking paper or foil.
Melt dark chocolate melts in a lightly heated saucepan, stirring throughout melting process.
Add peppermint essence and stir.
Spread half the mixture evenly over bottom of tin, set in fridge for 5 minutes.
Melt white chocolate melts the same way then stir in green food colouring.
Spread this over layer of dark chocolate and then refrigerate until set.
Spread remaining dark chocolate over white/green chocolate and set in fridge.
Cut into pieces and store in fridge.
There you have it, a very straightforward recipe with very few ingredients. I wasn’t sure what chocolate melts were (an Australian thing?) so just used normal chocolate. I also found that it required more than a few drops of the colouring and flavouring than that recommended, but this may have been down to the quality of my ingredients.
The recipe and literature state that the recipes are great to make with kids, but given the stop/start nature of this recipe I found my lad got a bit bored – perhaps some of the others would be more appropriate. I looked at it as something to make for the kids rather than with them, although having said this, this one might be a nice recipe for Dads to help their kids make make for Mums on Mothers’ Day, seeing as the recipes are so simple (tongue FIRMLY in cheek!).
Now, my final results!! This is a picture of my Peppermint Chocolate Slice:
Due to the size of my tin (not that recommended in the recipe) they turned out as Peppermint Chocolate Nuggets, rather than slices, but they were still fun and tasted delicious – I’d definitely make the recipe again and will be trying some of the others I was sent.
4 Ingredients have two books out in the UK (4 Ingredients and 4 Ingredients 2) both of which are available from all good bookshops and via Amazon (sponsored link). For more great ideas and a free recipe go to www.4ingredients.co.uk and watch out for their two new books this year – Gluten Free in May and Fast Fresh & Healthy in September.
Note: This is a supported post in that I was sent some of the recipes to try, but the results are my own (like a professional would have made nuggets!). I was not paid for this post.