Oh my, oh my! This is one of my all time favourite recipes because it’s so delicious and also so super easy kids can try it (almost) by themselves. I’ve written before about what kids learn while baking and this recipe is a good one to get them started. They can read the recipe, weigh and measure the ingredients and learn lots of kitchen skills as they cook. There’s no baking involved, just some melting, so with supervision they can join in every step.
We call it Loopy Cake, a name inherited from a family friend who gave us the original recipe. Perhaps because once people have tasted it and discovered how yummy it is, they will drive you loopy pestering you to make some more. I have a vague memory of my mum making us all wait until there were enough broken biscuit crumbs in the bottom of our cookie jar before she would make it – but surely she wasn’t really that mean?
Most people I know call it Rocky Road – and everyone I know loves it. Here’s how to make it.
Rocky road recipe
This recipe makes enough to fill a 20cm round cake tin. It’s easy to scale up to make more, but be generous with the chocolate topping.
The original recipe used walnuts and raisins in the mixture but we prefer cherries and marshmallows – so adapt the recipe to suit your own tastes.
Rocky Road Recipe
:: prepare your tin by greasing it and lining it with baking paper – you don’t want your cake to get stuck!
:: in a large pan, over a gentle heat, melt together 4oz ( 115 grams) butter, a tablespoon of brown sugar, one and a half tablespoons of golden syrup (or honey) and one tablespoon of cocoa
:: remove the pan from the heat and then gently stir in 8oz (225 grams)of broken biscuits/cookies, 2oz (60 grams) glace/candied cherries and 2oz (60 grams) chopped/mini marshmallows. We like to use digestive or malted milk biscuits, broken into bite-sized chunks
:: place this mixture into your tin and press down all over the surface using the back of a spoon. You want to press enough to get all the mixture to stick together without crushing all those lovely biscuit pieces
:: melt 6oz (180 grams) chocolate. We do this by placing the chocolate in a glass bowl and sitting it on top of a pan with a little boiling water in it. The children make their rocky road using milk chocolate but if I’m making it for adults I use a mix of half dark and half milk chocolate.
:: pour the melted chocolate over the top of your biscuit base, using a spoon to nudge it into all the nooks and crannies. Then put the rocky road into the fridge to set – for at least an hour, longer if you can bear to wait. Over night is best.
Love this rocky road recipe?
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For more ideas to get your kids in the kitchen try another of our other kids recipes
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