Hi! I'm Anneliese and I am delighted to have the opportunity to write a guest post for the Ginger Warrior - a true honour! :)
For Food-Filled Friday I wanted to share something sweet, chocolatey and super quick to make. I adore rocky road as it ticks all of the aforementioned boxes but I wanted to shake things up a bit and, *GULP*, use white instead of milk or dark chocolate. I know it's a shocking consideration but please stick with me, if you will. Not only does white chocolate make a nice change it also looks so pretty, especially studded with the multi-coloured, vibrant dried fruits and marshmallows. I originally created this recipe for children to make. Yes, it really is that easy, so no excuses please!
Let's crack on and make these crumbly, fruity and luxurious mouthfuls of deliciousness!
250g/9oz white chocolate
100g/4oz shortbread biscuits
30g/1oz mini marshmallows
5 dried apricots – approximately 35g/1oz
35g/1oz dried cranberries
You will need a 1lb loaf tin and some cling film
1. If you are anything like me, your 1lb loaf tin rarely gets an outing, so now it's time to dust it off and make use of it! Grab your cling film, tear a piece off and use it to line your tin. Be sure to leave a good amount to hang over the edges as this will help you extract the rocky road later on.
2. Weigh the chocolate and then break it up into a microwavable bowl. I'm always sure to buy a LARGE bar of chocolate so I can eat the left overs. I suggest you do the same! Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 10-15 second bursts, until it is smooth and completely melted.
3. Leave the chocolate to cool a little whilst you get on with the other parts of this recipe.
4. Break up the shortbread biscuits with your fingers. It doesn't matter one jot if the pieces are all different shapes and sizes, embrace the randomness!
5. Tip the shortbread pieces into the bowl of white chocolate, then turn your attention to the dried apricots. I prefer to use scissors to snip my dried apricots as I find it quicker than hacking at them with a knife, but it's up to you. Add the pieces of apricots to the chocolatey mixture.
6. Now it's time to weigh out the cranberries and add to your mixing bowl. The cranberries will add a lot of flavour to the rocky road but they also look very pretty, like little red jewels!
7. The last ingredient to be included in your super sweet mixture is, of course, the mini marshmallows - crucial for providing the rocky element! To skip the marshmallows would be like having peas without carrots. However, if you wish to rebel, you can add another ingredient in their place, perhaps chewy sweeties, another dried fruit or some nuts. Pistachio nuts would certainly look very pretty.
8. Now all of your ingredients are in the mixing bowl, give it a good old stir and tip the beautiful mixture into the awaiting tin, making sure you press it firmly into the tin.
9. It's now time to place the rocky road into the fridge to set for an hour or two. I know it's hard to wait, but be strong. It will all be worth it. Promise!
If you wish to read my child version of this recipe then check it out HERE!
Anneliese Giggins, over and out.
P.S. What is your favourite quick and simple recipe, sweet or savoury? Would you be willing to share it with us? Just post it in the comment box below!