Saturday, September 1, 2012

Chocolate Crunchies

This is not really a cooking blog. I'll leave that to others more capable than I. But occasionally I make something that everyone likes. Chocolate Crunchies is one of them. The other day we were all craving CHOCOLATE. Chocolate in a hurry. We can't just pop out to Chick-Fil-A for one of their amazing chocolate chip cookies, so I thought this recipe would be quick and easy and thankfully we had all the ingredients in the cupboard just waiting to be used.

Here is the recipe for those of you needing a quick chocolate fix. Start to finish it takes about 30 minutes. It's not baked, so you don't have cooking time. It's also not particularly healthy, but it is yummy. You can cut it into small pieces if you're worried. The recipe comes from our English Granny so the measurements are in weights (ounces, grams, milliliters). I've put the US measurements in brackets.

250g McVitie's digestive biscuits, crushed (nearest US equivalent would be graham crackers)
115g (4 oz) butter
45ml (3T) golden syrup (nearest US equivalent would be Caro, but it's not as good)
30ml (2T) cocoa powder
115g (4 oz) chocolate bar

The recipe from my recipe book

The ingredients (digestives and golden syrup can sometimes be found at grocery stores like Sweetbay or Publix - I buy them when I see them)

I put the digestives in a zippy bag to crush them - and use a wooden mallet.

Hammer out your aggression until it's finely crushed,  but it's ok if there are a few chunks.

Put the butter, golden syrup, and cocoa in a bowl. I used a glass bowl. Tip: if you spray your tablespoon with cooking spray before, the syrup will slide right off.

I don't usually like using a microwave but for this recipe it works well. I did two rounds of 30 seconds and stirred in between. You could use a pan on the stove top but it would take longer. Stir until smooth.

Add the crushed digestives and mix well.

Press into a 7" or similar pan. I used a 6"x8" glass dish.

Keep pressing until it looks nice and smooth. Chill for a few minutes.

Melt the chocolate bar. I used the same bowl to economize on the washing up. I used the microwave again. Two or three zaps at 30 seconds, stirring in between, until it's fully melted.

Pour the melted chocolate on the digestive mixture.

Spread the chocolate evenly. I try to make cute swirls, but it doesn't really matter or affect the taste. The last step is the hardest: put it in the fridge to chill until firm. Patience. It is worth the wait.

Cut into squares or triangles once chilled. Eat with a nice cup of tea. 'Purfec'

1 comment:

  1. Oh, these look so yummy. We love McVitties! Unfortunately, they're not gluten-free.