I recently posted on Twitter about Rocky Road and got a few comments, seems people love Rocky Road(a wee bit of internet snooping revealed that it is in fact an Australian food creation! Invented to sell on confections that had spoiled! Who knew?).
Rocky Road is, in this house, the ultimate chocolate overload. A bar/cake/sweetie thing so awesome my boys only request it every now and then for the fear of “over doing” it and making themselves sick of the decadent treat.
Here, I’m going to share my recipe with you, this is the recipe that has been asked for by neighbours, by rival coffee shop owners(she lived very far away she assured me!) when I made it for my family’s business, and is the recipe my mother said she overheard someone on a train talking about! That does indeed sound a bit big headed, but I was(& still am) completely in love with baking and that was/is the ultimate compliment! To have a person ask for the recipe, or recommend something you have made to another is just the icing on the cake, to use a baking related pun. If you try it out, I’d love to hear what you make of it too! 🙂
This is my original recipe, pretty dark and “adult” in taste, but you can lighten it up by swapping out some dark for milk chocolate. I did this recently and made a tray bake of 150g milk to 50g dark choc and reduced the condensed milk to 3/4 tin and butter to 1oz. If you do go with a much higher percentage of milk(or in fact ALL milk) just remember to adjust the butter and condensed milk also!
Another thing worthy of mentioning here is that Rocky Road is all about quality ingredients(like a rice crispie cake) if you use cheap things in it, the end result will be cheap tasting. I’m not trying to be all fancy pants here, it’s quite simply the truth. Don’t waste your money making something that just tastes “ok” make something that you’d rate “AWESOME” because let’s face it, you’re worth it! 🙂
What I use:
200g dark chocolate
200g milk chocolate
1 can condensed milk
40g butter (please, PLEASE, use ok butter! Salted is good)
12-15 ish biscuits (I used Border Biscuits Chocolate Chip Shortbread, but you could use any other biscuit as long as you’d be happy to eat it plain, without all the chocolate etc you may use it here) crushed, not finely, we want chunks not dust!
7-8 large marshmallows, chopped into quarters (I used some homemade caramel ones I had lying about[yes, I DO know how ridiculous that sounds], but don’t go nuts, I give you permission here to just add regular mallows, gourmet ones would be a complete extravagance, and making them solely for this purpose quite honestly a madness!)
Fruit, some(a handful) glacé cherries or raisins, or even apricots or dried cranberries here would be good <shock & horror! Something healthy? 😉
1-2 Mars bars (you decide how much you need here, if it looks like 1 and a half bars is enough, I won’t tell if you eat the other half, ok?) Chopped into small ish chunks
*If you like, you may gild the lily by adding things like sprinkles, mini smarties, M & Ms etc for a bit of colour(and let’s not kid ourselves, more chocolate!) 🙂
What to do:
Put chocolates, condensed milk, syrup and butter in pan.
Heat on low until melted and glossy.
Take a little of the biscuits, Mars bars, mallows and fruit and put in small bowl, to pretty up the top.
Stir in remaining biscuits, chopped Mars bars, marshmallow quarters and fruit.(work quite quickly as the mallows will melt!)
Pour into a foil-lined(or cling film or parchment would be fine also) tray, loaf tin or cake tin and leave to set.
Sprinkle over the reserved biscuits, mallows, fruit and any other toppings*(see note above)
Cut into slices, squares or wedges.