Monday, November 25

White Chocolate & Cranberry Tiffin

Once again, today was a hockey day. One heck of a hockey day.
Last week I made my "Heaven Sent Brownies" for my hockey team as we had a big game ahead and I was more than willing to bribe them with cake in an attempt to get a few more crucial goals.
This idea worked so well that I just had to bribe them again with another cheeky delight.

Que my rather festive 'White Chocolate & Cranberry Tiffin'. 
Sweet, moreish and inevitably featuring a mouth watering crunch with each and every bite.

I took inspiration for this recipe from a classic tiffin recipe. (Usually you would use digestives and a lot of chocolate for the base.) Instead, these are made with my favourite biscuits, custard creams, which create an incredible buttery and creamy base.

Utterly simple, cheap and easy to make; these are possible for basically everyone to make with the help of a microwave and a fridge.

I joke not, the whole tin was emptied in seconds after the match and I've promised my house mates a batch just for themselves, (they were not happy at all settling with the crumbs!)

To make your own White Chocolate & Cranberry Tiffin, you will need:

- 125g butter, cut into chunks
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 400g custard creams
- 150g bag of dried cranberries and macadamia nuts
- 50g of dried cranberries to sprinkle on top
- 500g good quality white chocolate

In a large saucepan, melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup on a low heat, stirring continuously to stop it from burning.

Whilst this is melting, put the custard creams in a plastic bag and beat well with a rolling pin.
(This is amazing anger therapy!)
You don't want to bash the hell out of the biscuits, just break them up into smaller pieces.

Tip these crumbs into the melted butter and sugar and stir completely until fully absorbed.

Add in the dried cranberries and macadamia nuts.
Set the saucepan to one side whilst you lightly butter a medium sized tin.

Empty the contents of the saucepan into the prepared tin and use a spoon to flatten it down as much as possible.
Slide into the fridge for an hour or two until hardened.

In a large heat proof mixing bowl, break up the white chocolate and melt on a low heat in the microwave for a few minutes, stirring in between. (I found that it was easier to prevent burning if you melt 300g, then 200g.)
Take the chilled base out of the fridge and pour over the molten milky chocolate.

Sprinkle the top with the rest of the dried cranberries and slide back into the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.
Use a thick knife to break up the tiffin into wedges (dipping the knife in very hot water will help if you are struggling), and then devour every last piece.

Ridiculously simple comfort food that will have everyone in smiles and sighs of delight. 
Of course you can switch the biscuit bottom for another variety, (I thought HobNobs or gingernuts might be a nice variation), but custard creams really do help to add a smooth, creamy flavour that causes the inevitable question of, "What on earth is this made of?!". To which one hockey girl replied "Oh my gosh, it's like my childhood." 
It is that subtle flavour that everyone loves, can't put their finger on and would never expect!
It hits home for the taste buds, home comforts and the emotional senses!

I think this might be one of my new staples; without a doubt one of my favourite recipes that I've created! Give it a go, the white and red colours might even begin to get you into the Christmas spirit...(1 month to go!)


  1. These look gorgeous hun. And cranberry = festive so it's always going to get the thumbs up in my book!

    Might have to give these a try this weekend...

    Cocktails and Caroline

  2. They look delicious! Although, I definitely don't trust myself trying to make them. Also, I don't trust myself with a whole packet of custard creams!

  3. These look yummy! I'm sure I'll have loads of cranberries left over at the end of the season so will definitely be testing this out!

    Katie <3

  4. white choc and custard creams!? Dreaaaamy combo if you ask me!
    I've never made a tiffin before, think I'm gonna have to try! Your hockey girls sure are lucky to have such a baking goddess on their team XX

  5. Cranberry and white chocolate are such a match made in heaven!
    Those look delicious and perfect for the holidays.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  6. Emily these look so divine! I'm so sad I can't get custard creams here in Germany :( X

  7. These look SO good! And perfect for christmas too!



  8. Eeeeekkkk one month to go!
    These look so wonderfully festive and delicious
    x x x

  9. Mmm, this looks amazing!! I love white chocolate and...well....with this weather I think I need the calories to stay warm...

    Love your blog lay out, it's really clean and elegant!



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