Chocolate Hedgehog Recipe from The The Class Collection 2 by Jane Blenkiron
Jane Blenkiron the author shares her favourite recipe that reminds her of her childhood.
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK
This hedgehog was cut into the most perfect long slender fingers. It was never too dry or wet, always held together perfectly and is etched in my mind forever.
I tried over the years to recreate this hedgehog but my versions never seemed to live up to the taste and texture I remember. Consequently I made my own version and finally, after many attempts I believe I have created a version which remains moist, cuts well and isn't crumbly or dry. Hopefully you agree.
250 gms butter
¾ cup caster sugar
6 tbls cocoa
3 tbls desiccated coconut
½ cup pistachio nuts
½ cup walnuts
1 packet Milk Arrowroot or Marie biscuits
100 gms milk or dark chocolate
¼ cup extra desiccated coconut for decoration
Line a square cake tin (22cms x 22cms approximately) with baking paper.
In a saucepan, melt the butter, cocoa and sugar over a gentle heat and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.
While cooling the chocolate mixture, roughly break the biscuits into pieces and place in a mixing bowl with coconut,walnuts and pistachios.
Add the eggs, one at a time, to the slightly cooled chocolate mixture and stir until well incorporated.
Pour the cocoa mixture over the biscuits and mix well.
Add the roughly chopped chocolate and combine.
Firmly press the mixture into the lined tin.
Sprinkle with the extra coconut.
Cover and refrigerate till needed.
Remove from the tin and cut into desired shapes.
Try to use the size tin noted in the recipe. This adds a great depth, which helps create lovely pieces when cut.
The type of chocolate depends on personal preference. I often use a mixture of milk, white and dark. The darker the chocolate, the richer the finished product. On occasions I have even added pieces of Kit Kats.
The hedgehog is best made the day before it is needed, to allow adequate setting time.
All the ingredients can be kept on hand so keep the items stocked in the pantry.
If time poor this is a great treat to produce. Quick, easy, delicious and no baking. What more could we ask for.