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School Chocolate Cracknell Recipe
The Real School Chocolate Cracknell Recipe
Looking for school Chocolate Cracknell? Below is the original 1970s recipe.
If like me you grew up in the UK in the 1970s then there's a good chance that you've already tried chocolate cracknell during your school dinners. If not, you're in for a treat! My children love this recipe and I'm sure that yours will too. It may not look very appetising but Chocolate cracknell is like the cake version of chocolate crispy cakes. Not as messy, no crumbs, no dropping onto the floor, and best of all you can slice it, just like a cake!
It's great for small children because although they may believe they're eating real chocolate the truth is it's a mixture of cocoa powder and dried milk powder. Whilst that might sound revolting, I can assure you that chocolate cracknell tastes good!
Not only that but it is a great recipe to make with children as there is no cooking, and there is lots of mixing and weighing for little people to get involved in!
As a child my mother even made this for me as my birthday cake so I was distraught when I asked her for the recipe for my own children and she told me that she had lost it. Fortunately I managed to find it through a friend, and here it is, just as I remember.
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Ingredients For Chocolate Cracknell
Depending where you live Rice Krispies or bubbles may have a different name. What they are though are little bits of puffed toasted rice that make a popping sound when you put milk on them. This crispiness is very important because it is what makes chocolate cracknell so satisfying to eat! (some schools now use cornflakes - see links further down the page)
Below: The Method
Method For Making Chocolate Cracknell
1. Grease a round tin. I use a deep pie dish.
2. Weigh all of the dry ingredients and place into a large mixing bowl.
3. Melt the margarine and golden syrup together taking care not to boil it. Keep on the stove until the butter is all melted and then remove immediately from the heat.
4. Pour the melted margarine/golden syrup mixture into the mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon. At first it will seem like there is not enough liquid but keep mixing until all of the rice kripsies are coated in the chocolate mixture and there are no light coloured Krispies left. If the mixture seems quite liquid add a few more rice kripsies as it should be a sticky mixture but there should not be liquid left that is not coating the rice krispies.
5. Tip the mixture into your well greased tin. At first it may seem like there is too much mixture but you are going to COMPRESS the mixture. This part is very important as if you don't press it down enough you will get a crumbly mess rather than a firm cake. Having put all of the mixture into the tin either use a palette knife or the back of a dessert spoon to very firmly press the mixture into the tin. This usually takes about 5-10 minutes of working the mixture into the tin pressing down. Often, the spoon or knife gets too sticky, in which case wash and dry it and then carry on. When you are finished you should have a smooth topped cake that cannot be further compressed.
6. Put your chocolate cracknell in the fridge to set. This takes a few hours, so try to be patient! If you remove it too early it will crumble and break when you cut it, so try to wait!
7. When you have waited at least three hours take your chocolate cracknell from the fridge and using a sharp knife, cut yourself a slice and enjoy!
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- Chocolate Cracknell Recipe
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Chocolate Cracknell should be stored in the fridge.
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Do you remember the artificial cream that went on the top of chocolate cracknell? If you find a recipe for this please post it in the comments box below so I can add it to this page.
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