Imagine if cocoa butter came from an animal rather than a plant…..
I bet there would be a whole lot less vegetarians in the world, or maybe a lot more ‘choco-tarians’ – people who didn’t eat meat except for chocolate. I don’t think I would have come up with the idea of being vegetarian for a month if that was the case. I can’t imagine not eating chocolate.
Anyway, it occurred to me the other day that with the whole vegetarian month thing, stonesoup has been a little health food focused of late. Not that there’s anything wrong with delicious, nutritious vegetarian food. But I thought we could all do with a little chocolate reward.
So I put my thinking cap on and came up with this super simple chocolate treat – one of those recipes that seems like you’ve gone to a lot more effort than you actually have. The perfect sweet treat to finish off a dinner or an afternoon pick-me-up. Thanks heavens cocoa beans grow on trees.
[5 ingredients | 10 minutes+]
chocolate tim tam hedgehog
serves 10 – 12
A hedgehog is a chocolate based no bake ‘cake’ or slice that usually uses plain sweet biscuits (cookies) such as shortbread or digestives. It also often has nuts as well. I’ve gone for a minimalist chocolate extravaganza but feel free to add nuts if you like.
Tim Tams are THE best chocolate biscuit in Australia and possibly the world (although I’m a little biased as I used to work for the company that makes them). The thing I love about this creation is that the sweetness of the Tim Tams is balanced by the dark, dark, buttery, bitter chocolate and that the lovely crisp biscuit bases provide a satisfying textural crunch.
If you can’t get your hands on Tim Tams (they are available in the US during the winter from Pepperidge Farm), your favourite chocolate coated biscuit would be the next best thing (Penguins in the UK & Ireland). Or you could try shortbread or digestives for something a little less chocolatey.
If you prefer milk chocolate or even white, feel free to use them instead of the dark. And you can play around with the type of TIm Tams as well. I used the original milk chocolate here but thinking the dark or white ones would also be delish.
I was planning to make this again before I posted about it with double the amount of Tim Tams just to see what happens. But decided that it was better for my waistline if I didn’t. If you are feeling adventurous I think it would be more Tim Tammy and less richly chocolatey with 2 packs instead of one – but it’s just so decadent as is.
100g (3 1/2oz) butter
100g (3 1/2oz) dark chocolate – I used Lindt 70% cocoa solids
1 x 200g packet (7oz) Tim Tams
Line a 24cm x 12cm (approx 9 1/2in x 5in) loaf tin with baking paper or foil.
Place butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat until butter is only just melted. If it starts to sizzle it will be too hot and your chocolate might split. If this happens let it cool down a bit before proceeding.
Meanwhile break chocolate into small pieces. Cut Tim Tams into chunks about the size of a dice – the more rough and rustic the better.
Add chocolate to the butter and stir until it melts. If you’re struggling to get it to melt, pop it back on the stove on a very low heat for a few seconds at a time, stirring in between. Stir through Tim Tam chunks until well coated in chocolate and scrape the mixture into your prepared tin.
Smooth the top and refrigerate until set – about 30 minutes or so.
Chop into small chunks to serve.
And a note about the 10 minutes+
I’ve decided to create a new recipe category for things that are still simple and quick to make, and only require 10 minutes of active cooking time, but need some time to rest before they’re ready to eat. And the 5 ingredients is 5 or less.
Still powering on with Vegetarian Month but realising that it takes a lot more planning to make sure you get your protein and iron requirements. I’d love to hear from vegetarian readers any tips you have on how to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.
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