Chocolate, walnuts, digestives


This is a perfect little treat for when you don’t fancy baking. I was exhausted yesterday afternoon, stepped out for a moment to clear a bit of bramble that catches on clothes on the path outside the house, then couldn’t stop… Four bags full of ‘growth’ and lots of cuts on my hands later, at least the path is clear. So anyway, I didn’t fancy making a cake after that and made these Chocolate, walnut and digestives squares instead. I adapted a recipe from Hugh FW’s Three Good Things a little according to what I had and what needed using up.

I used 180g Valrhona dark chocolate (think it’s 68%), 40g white chocolate (recipe called for 200g dark and I didn’t fancy opening another bar when I had a bit of white left), 100g butter, dollop of honey (1tbsp, you could also use golden or maple syrup), melted in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure that the water doesn’t touch the sides of the bowl). Separately, break up 150g of digestive biscuits but not too fine as you want to have some crunch and 75g walnuts – you can use any dried fruit, nut or a mix here (HFW used ginger) then add to the chocolate and butter mix. Line a small sandwich loaf tin with greaseproof paper then pour the mix in, then leave in the fridge for a few hours until firm. Cut into squares & enjoy. There’s probably an infinite number of combinations you could do here – peanut butter, maple syrup and dried figs perhaps, black treacle even.


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