Fruity almondy chocolatey fridge cake

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.

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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 recipeā€¦.

Ingredients

  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100g margarine
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 100g maltesers
  • 100g mixed dried berries
  • 6 rich tea biscuits
  • 200g marzipan

Method

  1. Line a rectangular dish with greaseproof paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate, margarine and honey in a bowl, either in the microwave or over a pan of boiling water.
  3. Chop up the marzipan into chunks, and break up the biscuits into smallish rough pieces.
  4. Add the maltesers, berries, biscuits and marzipan to the chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Put the mixture into the dish and spread out until it reaches the sides and is evenly spread.
  6. Chill in the fridge until nicely set.
  7. 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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