Pic of Festive rocky road

Festive rocky road

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Festive rocky road

Pudding & Cake Serves 20 20 min
Sweet, rich and deliciously crunchy chocolate packed with nuts, fruit, marshmallows and biscuits. This treat is a good one for cooking with children. Vary the ingredients according to audience: we mix milk and dark chocolate together to make a rich but not bitter tasting mixture, but you can make it lighter or darker – just use good quality chocolate. Swap cranberries, glacé cherries, sultanas or raisins for dates if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 300g mixed nuts, shelled, halve walnuts, leave hazelnuts and almonds whole
  • 6 digestive biscuits, roughly broken into pieces
  • 16 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 100g mini marshmallows (or chop up a few large ones)
  • 300g milk chocolate
  • 300g dark chocolate
  • handful of dried cranberries

Method

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Line a 4–5 cm deep tin or dish approx 30cm x 20cm (or the nearest size you have at home) with baking parchment.
  • Step 2

    Put all the ingredients except the chocolate into the tin, making sure each ingredient is evenly distributed.
  • Step 3

    Break up the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl that fits snugly over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not directly touch the water. Gently heat, without stirring, until the chocolate has melted.
  • Step 4

    Stir briefly to combine the two chocolates, then pour evenly over the nut mixture.
  • Step 5

    Leave to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours).
  • Step 6

    Cut into small pieces using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.