Making your own cinder toffee requires a little care and attention but it's worth it. Break into shards and scatter over ice cream and other desserts
MethodPlace the sugar and honey in a large saucepan with 4 tbsp water. Put over a very low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, add a sugar thermometer and bring to the boil over a high heat. Bubble until it reaches 149C on the sugar thermometer.
- about 100g honeycomb, bashed with a rolling pin into small chunks
- 300ml pot double cream
- 300ml whole milk
- 100g caster sugar
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Put the milk and cream in a saucepan and heat until just below boiling point. Meanwhile whisk the sugar, yolks and vanilla in a big mixing bowl. While whisking, slowly pour in the hot milk mixture until everything is combined.
- Wipe out the pan and pour the mixture back in, then cook over a low heat, stirring all the time until the custard has thickened to just coat the back of your wooden spoon. Cool.
- Churn the cooled custard in an ice cream machine according to the instructions. Scrape into a freezer container and fold through the honeycomb chunks. Put in the freezer until solid. If you don’t have an ice cream machine, please see the tip below.
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- ¼ tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 85g mascarpone
- 150ml double cream
- 2 tbsp Kahlúa
- 5 tbsp very strong coffee
- 85g sponge fingers
- cocoa powder, for dusting
- a little mild oil, like sunflower, for greasing
- 85g caster sugar
- 2 tbsp clear honey
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Whisk the egg yolk with the caster sugar and vanilla paste until pale. Add the mascarpone and cream, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth and thick.
- Put the Kahlua and coffee in a bowl and dip in enough sponge fingers to cover the bottoms of 2 small bowls or ramekins. Cover with half the creamy mixture, repeat with some more soaked biscuits, topping with more creamy mixture, until your dishes are full. Dust with a little cocoa powder and chill for at least 2 hrs or overnight.
- For the honeycomb, oil a baking tray or tin or line with a non-stick mat. Gently heat the sugar and honey with a splash of water in a heavy-based pan until melted. Increase the heat and bubble to a good caramel colour, then lift off the heat, whisk in the bicarb and tip onto the baking tray to cool. Once cold, crush with a rolling pin or thinly slice into shards, and scatter a little over the tiramisus to serve. Leftover honeycomb will keep for a week in an airtight tin.
- 375g sheet ready-rolled sweet dessert pastry
- crème fraîche, to serve
- butter, for the baking tray
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 300g dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 300ml double cream
- 3 large eggs
- To make the honeycomb, butter a large baking tray and line with baking parchment. In a large saucepan, heat the golden syrup and caster sugar until the sugar is melted. Increase the heat and boil until it becomes a dark caramel, then remove from the heat and leave to cool for 2 mins. Add the bicarbonate of soda and whisk like mad; the bubbles will be extremely hot, so be careful not to splash any on you. Quickly pour onto the tray to set. Can be done to this stage 2 days ahead.
- Line a 23cm round, loose-bottomed tart tin with the pastry, leaving any extra overhanging the edges. Chill for 30 mins.
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line the pastry case with baking parchment, fill with rice or baking beans and bake for 15 mins. Remove the baking beans and parchment, and bake for another 5-7 mins until golden brown. Remove from the oven and turn it down to 140C/120C fan/gas 1.
- To make the filling, put the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Leave to melt without stirring too much. Put the cream in a small pan and bring to the boil. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then pour over the cream, mixing the whole time. Add the chocolate to the cream mixture along with a pinch of salt and mix well to combine.
- Carefully pour the mixture into the tart case, place in the oven and switch it off. After 20 mins, remove and chill for at least 2 hrs to set. Serve the tart in slices scattered with crumbled honeycomb, with crème fraîche on the side.