Friday, 23 May 2014

Chocolate Refrigerator Cake - Butter Quantity added - sorry:(

My late Mother in Law used to make this when she knew we were coming up. I decided to make one as we are seeing DS and FDiL shortly and I know they like it as well.

As I was in Lidl, I purchased their butter (95p), 2 bars of Bellarom Chocolate (about £1) and cheap Rich Tea biscuits (29p).


Herewith the recipe and how to:

6oz Rich Tea Biscuits
2oz sultana's
4 oz butter (could use margarine)
1 dessert spoon of dark brown sugar
3 dessert spoons of drinking chocolate (I used 2 chocolate, 1 cocoa)
1 1/2 tablespoons golden syrup
6oz plain chocolate or milk and plain combined, chopped.

Break the biscuits into small pieces, (even smaller than mine otherwise the end result falls apart) and put into a bowl with the sultana's:
In a saucepan, melt the sugar, drinking chocolate and syrup:
Leave to cool for a short while if using a plastic bowl for the biscuits, don't want it to melt! Pour the melted syrup onto the biscuits and sultana's and stir well:
Put into a greased, round sandwich tin. I base line mine with silicon sheeting as I like to get it out to cut into chunks.

Press down well. I usually use another tin to given even pressure:
Remove top tin if using and place the biscuit base in the fridge to harden:
While it is hardening, gently melt the chocolate in a saucepan. I added the zest of an orange to give it a good flavour:
When melted and all lumps have disappeared, carefully pour onto the biscuit base and smooth all over, working quickly here, otherwise the chocolate starts to set on the cold base.

There you have it:
It needs to stay in the fridge for 24 hours and all the time whilst being eaten (but won't last all that long!). As I said before, I like to remove mine from the tin. Using a blunt knife, go around the edge of the tin to loosen it. Tip upside down onto a cooling tray or board, remove the silicon base and flip the cake the right side up.
Cut it into chunks, usually around the 1" size with a sharp knife. The chunks will not be neat and tend to fall apart a little. Put them into a storage container and leave in the fridge.
As I didn't take my own advice and leave it for 24 hours, they fell apart more than usual. Mind you, we had the scraps as a quick snack:) It filled 4 of these tubs.

We find we cannot eat more than one square at a time and usually with a hot drink. Hope you enjoy it if you make it.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!



20 comments:

  1. The photo looks as though you are melting butter with the syrup but there's no mention in the ingredients list. Could you confirm this please

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    1. Well spotted! That was due to the butter quantity being off to the side and didn't see it.

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  2. Haven't made a choc fridge cake for yonks, I'd forgotten about them. But I dont put sultanas in, shall have to look out my recipe

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    1. We don't always, that was just how the recipe came.

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  3. That sounds a lovely little treat! Wonder if you could make this a coffee taste as well. Might be worth a try with a tiny drop of very strong instant coffee solution me thinks.

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    1. I think coffee would work well, in the biscuit base as well as the chocolate topping.

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  4. I remember my Auntie Rosa making this when we were little. It sounds very sweet but oh so delicious. Haven't had this for years but you have whetted my palette !
    Patricia x

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    1. It is sweet but not overly so. However we only eat one square once a day!

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  5. My Mum used to make this using 'broken biscuits' which came from our milkman, for pence [I think the dairy had some sort of deal with a local biscuit factory] but I don't remember her putting drinking chocolate into the syrup mix. We never had a fridge back then - it cooled on the window sill in the pantry [with a circle of greaseproof paper on the top] Aldi chocolate is very good and inexpensive too!
    Blessings xx

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    1. Ah broken biscuits, where did they disappear to! I don't really think the drinking chocolate is necessary and often miss it out and put 2 of cocoa in instead.

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  6. I love anything with chocolate on it yum x

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  7. No one could leave that for 24 hrs, it would be gone as soon as I could handle it! X

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    1. You might think so but I think you would find it a little too much!

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  8. That looks lovely and I'm going to try that next time my grandchildren are due round.

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    1. They would enjoy eating and making it. If you don't cut it after 24 hours it tends to break apart, might work very well in little cake cases.

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  9. Good grief - I just gained four inches on my hips just looking at that! It looks wonderful!

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    1. I think this is the first time we have made (and eaten some of it, rest got taken to DS and FDiL's) it for many years.

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  10. Oh that looks divine! I have just bought the ingredients for my grandaughter to make Rocky Road one day this week, hubby is looking forward to that :-)

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    1. I prefer this to rocky road which we find way too sweet. I think she would enjoy this.

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