gluten free chocolate fridge slices …

the original plan was to make a chocolate fridge cake using the jamie oliver recipe. (i was seduced by the colours of the cake.)

my local store didn’t have any gluten free digestive biscuits. they did however have gluten free shortbread biscuits and gluten free fibre biscuits. that being the case i decided to alter the recipe slightly and make a hedgehog-type fridge slice.

200g digestive biscuits (i used 100g of the shortbread biscuits and 100g of the rotondo biscuits)

110g whole pecans, roughly chopped

110g pistachio nuts, peeled

10 glace cherries

2 ready-made meringue nests, smashed up

150g unsalted butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
200g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

1) break the biscuits into small pieces directly into a large bowl.
2) add the pecans, pistachio nuts, cherries and smashed meringue.
3) put the rest of the ingredients into a second, heatproof bowl and either put this over a pan of simmering water, or into a microwave until melted.
4) mix the contents of both bowls together and get yourself a container that will act as a mould.
5) to help with turning the cake out, line the container with clingfilm, leaving plenty of extra clingfilm at the edges to fold over the top.
6) spoon the mixture into the container.
7) put into the fridge to firm up, then turn out , removing the clingfilm, and cut into chunky slices.

this cake can be kept in an airtight container for a few days and actually improves in flavour after a few days.

serves 16.

(if you’re allergic to nuts then simply leave them out of the recipe.)

so easy to make. no baking involved. if i make these again, i’ll add more cherries and maybe substitute the pistachios with peanuts.

i can’t tell you what they tasted like. i’m into week 2 of ‘no sugar’ during lent. oh, the things we do.

i gave the plate of slices to my mum (along with a copy of the recipe). she took them to her weekly monday night quilters group meeting.  she came back with an empty plate and one of her friends had photocopied the recipe. i think that means they liked them, right?

“freedom is not having everything we crave, it’s being able to go without the things we crave and being ok with it.” ~ rob bell


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