We made this Best Ever Rocky Road in baking class last week (along with mocha meringues and coconut and vanilla macaroons). We packaged them up, ready to give away to friends and family for Christmas gifts (or to eat later ourselves…).
My baking students loved this recipe and you are going to love it too.
Because it’s the best ever rocky road. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare, it’s fail proof and there’s no baking required – yet it still looks impressive and as if a lot of effort has gone into making it.
It’s the perfect gift to give during Christmas when our schedules tend to be busy with little or no time to bake.
Rocky Road Fact:
Unlike chocolate lamingtons, Australians get all the credit for this seriously addictive treat. Apparently it was created in Australia in 1853 as a way to sell confectionery that was spoiled by the long trip to Europe, and nuts and cheap chocolate were added to disguise the spoiled confectionery. Pretty ingenious if you ask me, though also very cheeky.
I don’t know how delicious rocky road would have been back then but I do know today’s version is pretty darn good:
Think good quality melted dark and milk chocolate, mixed with cranberries, marshmallows, cookies and chopped nuts all in one mouthful – could this combination ever be bad?
Short answer: no.
It can only get better – Like in rocky road ice cream. Have you tried this stuff before? It’s pretty decadent and full on, but amazing all the same. I haven’t seen rocky road ice cream here in Czech but I’m sure I could add this rocky road to some vanilla ice cream to create my own version. I think we should try that.
Cutting into this rocky road is the best part. Each piece is uniquely different, showcasing an array of different ‘jewels’ from ruby red cranberries which contrast beautifully with the white macadamia nuts to the fluffy pink and white marshmallows and dark chocolate.
It’s a pretty sight indeed and they are nearly too pretty to eat, nearly.
If you are like me and enjoy giving edible gifts away to friends and family for Christmas, then I urge you to make these – you will not regret it and neither will the people you give them to.
So what are you waiting for? Go make some rocky road!
- 50g dark chocolate
- 85g milk chocolate
- 100g butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 120g biscuits (e.g. digestive, ginger biscuits, amaretti, shortbread, etc.)
- 85g chopped nuts (I used macadamia and brazil nuts)
- 80g cranberries or glazed cherries
- 70g mini marshmallows
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- 1. Line a 9 inch cake tin with tin foil or have a tin foil tray ready for use. Using a medium sized pan, melt both milk and dark chocolate with the butter and syrup over a gentle heat.
- 2. Put the biscuits into a bag crush them with a rolling pin to get big and little-sized pieces.
- 3. Take the pan off the heat, and add the crushed biscuits, nuts, whole glacé cherries /cranberries and mini-marshmallows. Turn carefully to coat everything with the chocolate mixture.
- 4. Tip into prepared tin/tray, smoothing the top as best you can, although it will look bumpy.
- 5. Refrigerate until firm enough to cut (about 1–2 hours). Then take the set block of rocky road out of the tin, ready to cut into wedges or bite sized pieces.
- 6. Dust the top of the rocky road with icing sugar using a sieve. For extra festive sparkle, sprinkle edible glitter.