Today it's the Macmillan Coffee Morning, a charity event taking part in homes and businesses all over the country to raise money for Macmillan, the charity that supports those facing cancer. Every year, more and more people seem to get involved in the event (either running one, or attending one) and its a fun way to raise money for a very good cause.
We're hosting an event at work and staff have been encouraged to bring in a contribution, preferably (but not necessarily) home-baked.
My contribution has been a Turkish Delight inspired Rocky Road. There are lots of recipes online and lots of variations (eg. some contain nuts, some no nuts at all, some dried fruit, some white chocolate etc).
I based my recipe on these chocolate crunch bars from the BBC Good Food site. I varied it slightly by only using 75g of butter and leaving out the golden syrup, although I did add in some desiccated coconut and finished them with some sprinkles on the top.
The BBC recipe melts the ingredients in a pan, but I've found that as long as you are careful and time things in short bursts to avoid over-melting, you can also use a microwave.
As treats go, these are a bit high calorie with the fats and sugar, but they do look very pretty when finished and would look great packaged into bags and given as gifts.
Julie Walter's Hokey Pokey Rocky Road - just one of the celebrity recipe suggestions from the Macmillan Coffee Morning website