The New Year is all about detox and diets. Recovering from the excess of the Christmas season. Unless you are under 18, of course, when life carries on exactly the same as before except you have more “stuff”. Rocky Road is a quick and easy, no-bake option that will use up a lot of your leftover sweet Christmas treats and give you a little something to offer any relatives and friends popping in. It’s rich so you only need a tiny piece to satisfy your sugar cravings and wean yourself slowly onto your detox..
Most of the ingredients can be substituted for what you have. I had half a packet of digestives from making a lemon cheesecake so used them but you could use any similar biscuit you have in the cupboard, like Rich Tea, for example. Dried fruit is delicious in Rocky Road and I used cranberries and apricots, partly because they are my favourites, and partly because I had extra from making Christmas cakes and mincemeat for mince pies. Marshmallows are a must and the pink ones look particularly good. If you don’t have mini marshmallows you can just chop up the large ones.
250g digestive biscuits, or equivalent
100g dried fruit, eg cranberries and apricots
200g dark chocolate
2 to 3 tablespoons syrup
Line an 8″ square tin with baking parchment.
Crush your biscuits into a mixture of fine crumbs and larger chunks. You can put them into a large plastic bag, seal it and bash them with a rolling pin.
Put the biscuits into a large bowl and add the dried fruit and marshmallows. Mix well.
Break up the chocolate and put it into a saucepan with the butter and syrup and heat gently to melt all the ingredients. Do not overheat.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the ingredients in your bowl and mix well:
Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and push down firmly with the back of a spoon. Once it is level you can cover the top with a piece of cling film and use your hands to press down on the top and compress it further.
Put into the fridge and leave to set for at least a couple of hours. When it has set, remove from the tin and cut it into small bars or squares and serve.
Diets start tomorrow… Happy New Year!