It's not often that one of the most universally loved treats is also the easiest and quickest to make. For starters, there's no baking involved. And it's also adaptable, with endless possibilities for variations.
We are talking, of course, about Rocky Road.
Did you know that Rocky Road is an Australian creation? Back in the 1850's Plucky confectionery importers found a way of using the sweets that had been broken or spoiled during their arduous journey from Europe down to Australia.
Those savvy upcyclers mixed them with local nuts and chocolate offcuts to recover the sweets instead of throwing them out.
The name Rocky Road is in reference to the bumpy trails scattered with rocks and potholes that travelers used in order to access the gold fields.
Today, their ingenuity has become our decadent treat. There's a simple formula to follow that paves the way (ha!) to good Rocky Road. It should be made up of the following:
With this formula in mind, let's make some Rocky Road.
How appealing does the following sound: you've got guests arriving in an hour, or you're on your way to a bring-a-plate do. You need to whip up something fast, and ideally it should also be delicious, classy and have a point of difference. You have little time or energy and can't contemplate the fiddliness of making hors d'oeuvres, yet you want your offering to pack a punch.
Then follow us. This recipe for Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts is not only quick and easy, but has a good chance of scoring you Legendary Nibblies Contributor status for years to come. You can thank us later. For now, we cook.
Before the hot weather takes over, we thought we'd do a sweet baked treat. A month from now there will be many of us loath to turn the oven on, which is an excellent excuse to do it right now, and make one of my very favourite things: chocolate tahini biscuits.
Tahini gives these morish biscuits a subtle, slightly 'grown up' flavour, while still having enough chocolate to satisfy anyone with a sweet craving.
The butter, chocolate chips, cocoa and tahini deliver a big, rich flavour hit. The generous amount of cocoa compared to a relatively restrained amount of flour makes for a fudgy, pillowy texture that makes you want another. They're really very addictive. Sorry :)