We all have those weeks that involve a certain lack of emotional control and judgment. Situations are escalated and feelings are heightened as your once stable earth tumbles and spins out of control. There may or may not be a reason, a lynchpin or an identifiable cause. But sometimes there doesn’t need to be. Sometimes our world must be turned upside down in order for us to appreciate the feeling of having our feet firmly on the floor. It is at times like these that you realise that life is a tangle of moments that envelope you like a blanket. Sometimes you get too hot and other times the blanket is not warm enough. Though temperament is like the weather, wild and uncontrollable – one thing remains certain. That certainty being the healing power of chocolate. No matter what mood, circumstance or event, chocolate never fails to amaze me with its prowess and calming effect. This month’s recipe revolves around this great discovery which has baffled all that have come before it. For this month I give you the wonderful and chocolate filled ‘Hedgehog Slice’. In my opinion this recipe combines some of the rarest and greatest things in the world: simplicity and bliss. Not to mention a healthy dose of biscuit pieces for crunch, chocolate for the soul and icing for that extra dash of sugary goodness. My advice: make it!
Ingredients: - 500g of Scotch Finger Biscuits - 250g of Butter - 500g of Castor Sugar - 4 Tablespoons of Cocoa - 5 Tablespoons of Coconut - 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla - 1 Egg
Method: 1) Roughly crush the biscuits so they are still in small pieces. 2) Add the castor sugar, cocoa and coconut and mix together. 3) Melt the butter before adding to the mixture along with the vanilla and egg. 4) Spoon into greased/lined tray or container, ice and then leave to set in the fridge until firm.
THE ICING Ingredients: - 3 Cups of Icing Sugar - 3 Tablespoons of cocoa - 2-3 Tablespoons of Boiling Water - 1 Tablespoon of Butter
Method: 1) Combine icing sugar and cocoa, add butter. 2) Mix everything together with hot water until smooth. 3) Spread over slice.
By Ashley Pianca