Friday, 7 June 2013

Hybrid Rocky Road

While I was back home in Australia on holiday in April, I received a cookbook from my Aunt Jaren, Australia's Favourite Recipes. Im quite patriotic when it comes to my home country so this was a perfect gift! It has all the classics including Anzac's, Pavlova & lamb chops. What I love about this book is that it it a compilation of recipes passed down through generations of different families throughout Australia.

While flicking through it, Mum found a long lost recipe that her grandmother, Nanna Wallin used to make for her as a child. The other fabulous thing about the book is that whatever recipe you try, Im certain it will be a winner as the introduction for each describes how it is a favourite in each authors home.

Today I made the Rocky Road, unfortunately I didn't have nuts at home so my rocky road is nutless, also in Dubai we don't have raspberry lollies. This upsets me greatly as I absolutely adore them (all the Aussie's reading know what im talking about, I hope...) Instead I used a combination of Jelly Belly beans and Haribo jelly sweets, hence the title "Hybrid Rocky Road" - an Australian Recipe with a Middle Eastern ingredients. I'm sure if you are lucky enough to be in Australia, using Australian ingredients the taste will be even better than the one I made here. The recipe reads at the top "serves 2 chocoholics or 8 non chocoholics" I hope this is a good indicator of how much you'll need ;)

My husband told me that my version tastes like his favourite Australian chocolate, Cadbury Black Forest. He's right and his comment has given me and idea to add chocolate biscuits pieces next time!

Here is the recipe -


500g milk chocolate
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
400g mini marshmallows 
90g jelly lollies/sweets, halved 
100g dlivered almonds, toasted

-Line a large baking tray with baking paper
-Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a sauncepan of simmering water until smooth.
-Mix marshmallows, jellies, almonds and coconut in a bowl for even distribution
-Add marshmallow mixture to the melted chocolate and stir.
-Pour while still hot into prepared tray and refrigerate until set. 
-Cut into pieces to serve. 

Such an easy recipe with many possibilities. Try mixing up or changing the type of nuts and sweets for a new flavour. 

Melanie xo