I have no idea why this is called ‘Chocolate Praline’ – it bears no resemblance to any other praline I have come across but there you go. It’s one of my Mum’s recipes which she probably got from a magazine at some point but it is a treat I remember from my childhood and my boys love it; in fact I have never met anyone who didn’t love it (particularly men!). This is my youngest’s favourite treat and he frequently asks for it instead of a birthday cake. I just pile the slices on a plate and stick candles in randomly.
The measurements are in imperial but then it’s an old recipe
¼ lb margarine
1 tblsp sugar (whatever type you have to hand but dark sugar will make it even more sickly than it is)
1 tblsp golden syrup
2 tblsp cocoa
½ lb digestive biscuits
Good size bar of plain or milk chocolate (at least 250g I think!)
1. Melt the margarine, sugar, cocoa and syrup over a low heat
2.Put the biscuits in a plastic food bag and bash with a rolling pin until in fine crumbs (very good for the soul) – put into a good size bowl
3.Grease a sponge sandwich tin
4.Add the syrup/cocoa etc mixture to the biscuit crumbs and mix thoroughly
5.Press the mixture into the tin, compacting it as much as possible (I find a potato masher is excellent for this and many other things!)
6. Put in the fridge preferably overnight.
7. When the mixture has set melt the chocolate bar and pour over the top to create a covering of a reasonable depth. Return to the fridge until the chocolate has set hard.
8.Turn out onto a board and cut into wedges (as per cutting up a cake).
This is incredibly sickly and rich so small children will have to be deprived of this delicacy as it is far to advanced for them
The Orange (and sticky) Helen Johnstone