This week’s bake off was all about biscuits, including a tray bake in the first round. I’m quite a fan of tray bakes like flapjack and tiffin / chocolate fridge cake type things, so this was a great excuse to be inspired and make something simple but yummy this weekend. I went for a chocolatey fridge ‘bake’ (technically not baking but 2 of the contestants did this kind of thing too so I feel it counts). The basic mix comprises chocolate, margarine and honey (which I always use instead of syrup), and then I added various flavours and textures – biscuits and maltesers for crunch, and marzipan and mixed dried berries for a fruity-almond flavour.
It worked out very well, even though I haven’t tried this particular combination before. You don’t need a very big slice as it’s quite rich, but lovely as a treat with a cuppa tea. I don’t think it shows much technical finesse, but I don’t have much time for technical baking with all the sewing I’m choosing to do right now. So if you fancy having a go at something easy, here’s the recipe….
- 200g plain chocolate
- 100g milk chocolate
- 100g margarine
- 3 tbsp honey
- 100g maltesers
- 100g mixed dried berries
- 6 rich tea biscuits
- 200g marzipan
- Line a rectangular dish with greaseproof paper.
- Melt the chocolate, margarine and honey in a bowl, either in the microwave or over a pan of boiling water.
- Chop up the marzipan into chunks, and break up the biscuits into smallish rough pieces.
- Add the maltesers, berries, biscuits and marzipan to the chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.
- Put the mixture into the dish and spread out until it reaches the sides and is evenly spread.
- Chill in the fridge until nicely set.
- Cut into squares/rectangles – use a sharp knife dipped in freshly boiled water to make it easier to cut through the chocolate.
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