Rocky Road

Still feeling the love from yesterday, here is a recipe that is guaranteed to win over any prospective beau.  This rocky road is incredibly simple to make and has proved very popular indeed – I used to make batches of it when I was living in Italy and divide it into three foil trays, one for the fridge and two for the freezer, so there was always some ready for a little after-school party.

And the beauty of it is that you can adapt the filling to whatever your recipients (or indeed you) want:  I used Amaretti biscuits in Italy, but my latest batch used ginger nuts, and Digestives or Rich Tea work fine too; at Christmas I put some festive sprinkles on top whereas for Valentine’s Day I sprinkled it with red edible glitter; the original recipe includes Brazil nuts too, and I once added crumbled up Crunchie bars which were a big hit.  You really can pick and choose, but just aim for a variety of textures.

A recipe this unhealthy could only come from Nigella Christmas.  She tips the chocolate scales in favour of dark chocolate, but I have a very sweet tooth and prefer equal quantities milk and dark.  Play around with it all you like, I’m sure it will be an absolute treat!

Rocky Road

Ingredients

200g dark chocolate

200g milk chocolate

175g butter

4 tbsp golden syrup

200g biscuits

150g glace cherries

125g mini-marshmallows

Method:

1.  Break the chocolate into small pieces and place into a pan with the butter and golden syrup.  Over a very low heat, gently melt them all together, stirring to avoid it sticking to the pan.

2.  Seal the biscuits in a freezer/ziplock bag and bash them with a rolling pin (good anger management!).  Keep some biggish chunks as well as more crumbly bits.

3.  Once the chocolate mixture is fully melted and combined together, remove from the heat and stir in the marshmallows, cherries and biscuits.

4.  Pour into a foil tray, smooth the top as best you can and stick in the fridge to cool and set for at least 2 hours (or freeze for up to a month, and defrost in the fridge overnight).

5.  When set, remove from the tray, cut into squares (unsurprisingly, it’s very rich – a little goes a long way!).  Sprinkle with edible glitter, if you like, or dust with icing sugar.  Serve it to your friends/loved ones, or scoff it all for yourself.

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