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Dark chocolate liquorice rocky road


We've made our own liquorice, but around 250 gm of good shop-bought will do nicely, and feel free to improvise with other ingredients.

You'll need

500 gm dark chocolate (60% cocoa solids) coarsely chopped 200 gm vanilla marshmallows, roughly chopped 150 gm almonds, roasted and coarsely chopped 20 gm freeze-dried raspberries, plus extra for scattering (see note)   Liquorice 120 gm butter, diced, plus extra for greasing 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar 185 gm (½ cup) dark corn syrup (see note) 180 gm (½ cup) sweetened condensed milk 90 gm (¼ cup) blackstrap molasses 2 tbsp anise extract (see note) 2 tsp black food colouring 120 gm (¾ cup) plain flour

Method

  • 01
  • To make liquorice, line a 20cm square cake tin with lightly buttered baking paper. Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, molasses, anise, food colouring and a pinch of fine salt in a saucepan over low-medium heat, then bring to the boil and cook until the mixture reaches 120C on a sugar thermometer. Remove from heat, add flour and stir to incorporate. Pour into cake tin and refrigerate until chilled and firm (about 2 hours). Invert onto a board and cut into lengths about 2cm wide then cut into roughly 2cm-square pieces. Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate to chill (about 1½-2 hours).
  • 02
  • Grease and line a 25cm x 16cm cake tin with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang (for easy removal). Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon, until smooth (2-3 minutes).
  • 03
  • Combine marshmallows, almonds, raspberries and liquorice in a bowl, pour chocolate over and stir to coat well. Spread mixture evenly over baking tin, scatter with freeze-dried raspberries and set aside until firm (about 2 hours). Turn out onto a clean surface and, using a hot knife, cut into chunks. Store rocky road in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 2 weeks.

Note Freeze-dried raspberries are available from select grocers and delicatessens or at fresh-as.com. Anise extract and dark corn syrup are available from select delicatessens and The Essential Ingredient.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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Sep 2014

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