Oldie but goodie recipes from yesteryear


The resurgence of home-baking has led me on a trip down memory lane – scouring old cookbooks, newspaper clippings, my parents’ and grandparents’ collections looking for inspiration and some edible memories from my childhood.


There was plenty to work through – from the fantastic to the slightly strange (the Eighties are responsible for some seriously weird kitchen inventions – crisp-topped cheesey bakes, anyone?). Whatever they are, most carry fond memories.

When I was asked to rustle up some cakes for a charity sale the first thing that came to mind were the classic chocolate cornflake cakes – quick, easy and delicious.


A week or so later I was invited to a bring-your-own picnic. I suspected an upmarket version of these sticky treats would do the trick and these childhood favourites became a nostalgic, grown-up treat. 


Grown-up chocolate cornflake cakes


Ingredients (makes about 30)


  • 160g cornflakes
  • 8tbs golden syrup
  • 200g very good dark chocolate
  • 110g butter




Melt the syrup, butter and chocolate over a low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat and mix in the cornflakes, gently but thoroughly until they are all coated. Place spoonfuls of the mixture either into fairy-cake cases or just onto a plate or baking sheet and allow to cool – they will set as they do so.


If you like (and you want to go for a bit of kitsch-cool) decorate with hundreds and thousands or edible glitter – or both!


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