I am still trying to fit more “normal” into my life and whilst I don’t often have the energy to bake I was determined to find something simple and easy to achieve. I trawled through my collection of recipe magazines and books, and in a Good Housekeeping Chocolate Collection magazine from spring 2012 (yes, I never throw anything away) I found this recipe.
It is, in effect, a chocolate fridge cake type recipe, you know the type, with endless variations. No baking involved, and you can be very creative with flavours. I did a post on one a while back and thought it was time to try something slightly different.
I also broke my rule on only using Lindt chocolate in recipes, after my previous disaster when the chocolate siezed when I melted it, and I had to throw the whole lot away. This recipe calls for 350g dark chocolate and I need to start economising, so Cadburys it was! There is also brandy soaked dried fruit (fruit = one of your 5-a-day!!) and ginger. Yum.
150g dried apricots, chopped
150g prunes, chopped
3 large balls of stem ginger, drained and chopped, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons of ginger syrup
75g golden syrup
125 ml brandy
350g dark chocolate
175g digestive biscuits, crushed or broken into small chunks (I used Hobnobs instead)
Put the apricots, prunes, stem ginger, ginger syrup, golden syrup and brandy into a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to soak for 30 minutes.
Line an 18cm x 18cm tin with cling film, with enough overlap on each side to fold over and wrap the fridge cake entirely.
Melt the chocolate with the butter in a heatproof bowl, over a pot of just boiled water, once melted, stir so that butter and chocolate are well mixed. Add the broken/crushed biscuits and soaked fruit mixture, mixing together well.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, and level off before wrapping in the clingfilm and chilling for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Patience is a virtue.
Cut into chunks and serve. My tasting panel gave this recipe a big thumbs up!
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂