Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Chocolate Slab

This recipe was (and still is) a favourite of my sister's. My mother would make up a batch and by the time I ventured to the kitchen to help myself to a piece, the majority of it would have disappeared!

What I like about this is its simplicity. This is an "any time" recipe as it uses ingredients which you probably have lying around your kitchen. It makes a delicious chocolatey, biscuity treat. Great to take along to dinner with friends as it can be made at the last minute with no baking involved!

Chocolate Slab

You will need:

  • 170g (6oz) plain biscuits (of your choice, splash out on choc chip cookies and it tastes even better)
  • 115g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 115g (4oz) margarine or butter
  • Either 55g (2oz) drinking chocolate OR 15g (1/2oz) cocoa ***if using the cocoa then you need to up the biscuits by 43g (1.5 oz) to 210g (7.5 oz)***
  • 115g (4oz) chocolate cake covering (or good quality chocolate)

To make:

Crush the biscuits (use a rolling pin and a plastic bag or whizz them through a food processor)  

Put sugar and margarine in a pan and heat gently until the margarine/butter is melted

Remove from heat and stir in drinking chocolate or cocoa and crushed biscuits.

Press the mixture into a shallow tin (11 x 7 or similar, I tend to use a baking sheet), lined with baking parchment or silver foil

Smooth the top and leave in the fridge to set a little

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water (don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water)

Spread over biscuit base and leave to set. Can be decorated with smarties, marshmallows, etc to your liking!

Cut into bars and store in a tin ** I usually store it in the baking tray in the fridge, it doesn't last long...**

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Welcome to Shortcakes!

Hello everyone. I am slightly nervous sending this out as our first ever post! I spend a great deal of time reading other people's blogs and thought it was time I had one of my own. My co-blogger Claire and I met at university and have decided to start this venture together! I am currently without job and therefore full-time amateur baker, and she is about to become a city girl. Together we hope to bring together delicious but doable recipes, gourmet ideas and anything else which might strike us to be particularly blog worthy!

Posts should start to appear regularly soon.

I'm off to bed