Friday 17 August 2012

Hublet and Boy cooking - Chocolate Spiders

(Goblin is 0 moths old)

An unhealthy cooking post you say?  It must be Hublet time again.

I will confess two things, that this barely counts as cooking and that Goblin did most of the work.

Today we will be making chocolate spiders.  Which Goblin was glad to learn does not mean arachnids dipped in chocolate (although, he is rather fond of chocolate so might have eaten a real spider anyway).

They are made of noodles covered in chocolate and peanut butter.

Please note, the below recipe may contain traces of nuts.  To reduce the risk, I recommend you have everyone present eat a spoonful of peanut butter to test for allergies.  If someone goes into anaphylactic shock they may be allergic to nuts and should not eat any of the chocolate spiders.

I had never heard of these until a British friend who is currently living in Australia mentioned them on facebook and I became intrigued.

Apparently they are quite a normal thing to make over there, particularly for kids as they don’t require cooking.

I didn’t know what proportions I was supposed to use, but this was my guess at a recipe:

One pack of instant noodles (flavour sachet removed, I don’t think chow mein spices would really go with it)

One 200g bar of milk chocolate (minus all the bits Goblin ate during production)

100g (ish) of peanut butter

Highly complex directions:

1 – Chuck the peanut butter and chocolate in a bowl and microwave until melted
2 – Crumble the noodles into the melted goo
3 – Mix
4 – Put dollops in a muffin tin
5 – Refrigerate
6 – Eat

I liked this activity more than regular baking though.  Goblin is still not great at following directions so the exact measurements needed for proper baking make it a bit stressful.

Anything involving an oven is also hard as Goblin wants to look at it all the time which cools the oven and risks him burning himself.
The most dangerous thing this had was slightly warm chocolate, the main risk of which is type 2 diabetes.

Goblin liked the different textures when breaking up the chocolate and the noodles, sometimes letting him destroy things in a controlled manner is enormously satisfying.

Putting the paper cases in the muffin tray was a nice challenging activity, particularly separating them out.

Spooning out the same amount into each paper case was fun too, I was able to get Goblin to work out which cases needed more put in to even them out (apparently the answer is: one case needs all the mixture).

Goblin even carried them to the fridge, but struggled a bit with the idea that they had to leave them in there for a prolonged period.

I’m not sure if this is how they are meant to turn out, but I thought they were delicious.  Sort of like crunchy Reeses Cups.

Goblin wasn’t too interested in eating them after all that, so Monko and I had to take one for the team and devour them.

To make up for it I made Goblin a blueberry cake while he was asleep.  It has 500g of blueberries in the cake, icing, and on top.  Which I am pretty sure makes it healthy.

I am not diet friendly….

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  1. Hahahaha, another great Hublet post! And we make these! Aren't they great :-) I didn't realise it was an Aussie thing though! Can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter I say, and thanks for sharing at my baking linky xx

  2. Looks like a fun baking activity, and the blueberry cake looks beautiful! :)

  3. Yummy! We'll have to try that here!

  4. ooooo.
    You mentioned chocolate and peanut butter and you got my attention!
    We will have to try these. And it looks like a great recipe to use with my girls in our Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen.
    I would love for you to stop by and link up. Now that we started school back up I have revived my weekly linky (and even added a button finally).
    Hope to see you there.
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Utterly, hilariously brilliant. My kind of recipe :-)

  6. Hi,
    I'm Australian and have always thought the concept of a washing machine in the kitchen very foreign! I just noticed yours in the picture and it lead me to wonder - do English houses actually have a laundry room??

    1. No, you'd have to be really rich in the UK to have a separate room for laundry, that's why they are usually in the kitchen. Some houses have a utility room for them or put them in the bathroom/downstairs toilet, but on the whole they are considered kitchen stuff. Aren't cultural differences fascinating

    2. Thanks! That's interesting - I've always wondered about that! I love your blog - I have a son almost exactly the same age as yours,

  7. Hahahaha! This had me in stitches! I'm so glad to see that you included the nuts allergy warning. Very responsible of you. ;) You know, I'm an Aussie but we've never made these! How very un-Australian of us. PB and Choc are two of our favourite things (aren't they everyone's?) We might give these a try on the weekend.

  8. In English houses the Laundry room is normally located between the drawing room and the parlour, just behind the servants' staircase.

    For the rest of us, it is in the kitchen.

  9. So fun!! We did them as bird nests around the spring. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!


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