11174987_10153340305714248_8876660281314885819_nI enjoy cooking an evening meal for my family. I don’t see it as a chore because I keep everything varied. Not like in days gone by when families knew exactly what they were getting on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc… However, once a week I like to feed the family something fairly basic. Whether it is egg and chips, omelette or jacket potato and beans. We have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in our diet to compensate the rest of the week and isn’t life about balance?

The children look forward to this tea time which normally occurs mid-week. We’re all getting tired from the school runs, work and daily life. We’re looking forward to the weekend, ready to kick back and chill a bit. So mid-week, I like to perk us all up with a basic tea but… add a yummy home-baked comforting pudding.

This week, I looked in my store cupboard to see what I could find:


A crumble is a great choice, it is easy and a great way of gaining our much-needed daily fruit intake, plus dark Green and Black’s chocolate is a quality choice and a wonderful way of increasing antioxidants into our diet.  Life is about moderation.

Chocolate and peaches!!! Now that’s balance…


  • 2 x tins of peaches in syrup (tut naughty but we like naughty, you can however you can choose peaches in juice)
  • 140g plain flour
  • 50g oats (optional)
  • 40g butter
  • 5g cocoa powder (optional)


Butter the baking dish.  I used a medium-sized dish to serve between 4 and six people.

Drain the peaches from the syrup but keep the juice.

Place the peaches into the baking dish with four table spoons of juice.

Break up the chocolate into squares and place in pieces over the fruit.


In another bowl, add the flour and butter


using thumb and fingers rub the flour and butter to make a mixture resembling bread crumbs.

Stir in the oats and cocoa powder (optional)

Pour a  little of the peach syrup into the mixture and stir

Place the dry mixture over the peaches and chocolate squares

This can be prepared in advance then put into a hot oven at Gas mark 6 for 35 – 40 mins.  If you prepare in advance it does make your basic tea night a nice easy night.

The warm, comforting smell of chocolate in my kitchen was intense!

It came out of the oven oozing and bubbling with chocolate.


To compliment the dark chocolate I served it still hot with cream.


A satisfying mid-week treat to keep you going until the end of the week.

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