Friday, February 27, 2009

Looking to the Future

One recipe today that is from a 20 year old advert for Tupperware. Am pretty sure that Nigella demonstrated a dish of the same name in one of her progs, but obviously Tupperware had it first, and believe the recipe is a traditional American one in the first place. As an uncooked dessert, easy enough for children to put together, and the type of dish where ingredients could be altered. For once I give the calories - just to remind yourself to share and not keep it all to yourself.
Rocky Road Gateau: 4450 calories
6 oz (175g) quality dark chocolate
3 tblsp strong black coffee
12 oz (350g) Hob-nob biscuits (or similar), coarsely crushed
4 oz (100g) marshmallows, cut into small pieces
4 oz (100g) roasted hazelnuts, chopped
4 oz (100g) glace cherries, quartered
1 oz (25g) desiccated coconut
4 tblsp single cream
5 fl oz (150ml) whipping cream (opt)
Put the chocolate and coffee into a bowl standing over simmering water. When melted, stir until smooth then add the single cream, blending it well in.
Into a large bowl put the crushed biscuits (they should not be fully crushed, need to have some lumpy bits still there), the marshmallows, hazelnuts, cherries and coconut, then pour in the chocolate mixture and stir together until thoroughly mixed.
Pour this into a chosen container (ring mould, cake tin or loaf tin) and press down lightly. Chill for at least 4 hours until set. To remove, dip the mould into a very hot water for a count of 5 seconds, then upturn over a serving plate and the gateau should slide out. If not, dip again.
If you wish, decorate with rosettes of whipped cream and flakes of chocolate.