It’s funny what you remember about Christmas as you get older and somehow it’s the childhood memories that last longest.
When I was a child. we lived in my grandmother’s house. Each year, on Christmas Eve, my aunt would arrive with a chocolate biscuit cake. Granny would take the cake and put it in the pantry with a heavy weight on top and there it stayed until after Christmas.
As children, my siblings and I loved that biscuit cake far more than its grander Christmas cake cousins with their marzipan and frosting and we couldn’t wait for the day the cake would come out of the pantry.
To this day, whenever I see chocolate biscuit cake it reminds me of Christmas and my aunt.
I don’t know why I never made a chocolate biscuit cake myself until now. There are lots of recipes around but I don’t like the cakes with raisins, marshmallows, nuts or cherries and I also don’t like when the biscuit cake is too sweet. So, I looked for the simplest recipe I could find and then adapted it. This is my version:
- 170g Digestive biscuits
- 230g Rich Tea biscuits
- 230g Chocolate
- 280g Butter
- 125ml Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or about a quarter of a UK pint)
Crush the biscuits into small pieces
- Line a suitable tin or dish ( I used a 210cm square dish)
- Melt the butter, chocolate and Golden Syrup over a low heat until completely liquid.
- Stir in the crushed biscuits making sure that they are completely covered.
- Topple out into your prepared dish and press down firmly. You want the cake to be tightly packed so that it doesn’t crumble when cut.
I lined my dish with cling film to make it easy to lift the cake out when the time comes. I also laid the empty wrapping from the butter over the top of the cake and pressed down hard to get as much air as possible out of the mixture. Then I took off the butter wrapper to allow the mixture to cool completely before putting the cake in the fridge. When cool, I covered the cake with greaseproof paper and put a weight on top because that’s what my Granny used to do.
The finished product looks right and hopefully if my aunt was still around, it would meet with her approval. In any event, I’m pretty sure it will be well received by the new generation of nieces and nephews. I’m looking forward to sharing it with them.