Be honest with me guys, did any of you click onto this recipe knowing what ‘chocolate tiffin’ was? Because, until recently I had absolutely no clue on what it was and I feel like I won’t be alone in this. Well, for those of you who don’t know, I’ll fill you in… chocolate tiffin is essentially just another name for rocky road. That completely threw me as I had no idea that people called it anything other than rocky road (clearly elle *thumps hand on forehead*).
So, now you know too! Don’t go telling me my blog isn’t educational, okay? Haha.
Moving swiftly on, rocky road is up there with one of my favourite recipes EVER to make. Not only for the fact it tastes so damn delicious but because it’s also ridiculously quick to throw together and there’s no baking involved. This is the perfect ‘i have limited time but don’t want to turn up empty handed’ recipe.
I have previously shared a couple of rocky road recipes here on my blog, one being the very famous rocky road christmas pudding which originated from the baking queen, Janes Patisserie. Since making that rocky road christmas pud a few years ago, it has become a very popular bake of mine between my family and friends. With that being said, the one person I LOVE to make a batch for is my Nan.
Anyone who knows me will know my Nan is my everything. She has supported me in everything I’ve ever done but especially with my newly found passion for baking. Now, don’t get me wrong, she loves the majority of bakes I do but the one recipe she continuously hints at me to make is my rocky road.
So, a couple of weeks ago I decided to quickly make up a batch of rocky road as a little festive surprise for my Nan the following day.
I had no intentions of sharing todays recipe as it’s very similar to previous rocky road recipes I’ve shared but whilst making it, my mum came up with the genius idea of cutting and decorating the rocky road as christmas presents. That was a idea I could certainly jump on board with (see, this is why I gave her the job of being chief sou chef).
Now, I had a vision in my head as to how these presents were going to look and I’ll be honest, it was a long way from the finished outcome I’m sharing with you today. With that being said, I’m actually glad they aren’t how I had first imagined because I know for a fact that there is no christmas tree in the world that has the exact same sized presents wrapped underneath it. So, pushing my vision aside, I decided to give them a more realistic feel by going a little rogue and chopping them into different shapes and sizes.
Was the perfectionist within me having a total meltdown about not cutting these into equal pieces, yes! BUT truthfully, I’m really happy with the outcome.
So, if you’d like to bake someone you love a giant batch of rocky road (or should I say chocolate tiffin) for christmas, gather together your ingredients and let’s get making.
Category: Sweet Treat
Serves: 15-18 Pieces
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Chill Time: 1.5 Hours
Decorating Time: 10 Minutes
Overall Time: 2 Hours
Ingredients You Need For The Tiffin:
- 150g Of Salted Butter
- 40g Of Light Brown Sugar
- 200g Of Golden Syrup
- 200g Of Glacé Cherries, Cut In Half
- 300g Of Rich Tea Biscuits, Broken Into Small Pieces
- 125g Of Raisins
- 25g Of Cocoa Powder
Ingredients You Need To Decorate:
- 300g Of Milk Chocolate, Broken Into Cubes
- 20g Of Green Deco Melts
- 20g Of Red Deco Melts
- Christmas Sugar Toppers
How To Make The Chocolate Tiffin:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients and line a relatively large pyrex dish with parchment paper.
- Secondly, place the 300g of rich tea biscuits into a sandwich bag and with a rolling pin, beat the biscuits until they’ve broken into small pieces (NOT crumbs). Then, place into a large bowl.
- Add the 200g of halved glacé cherries into the same large bowl alongside the 125g of raisins.
- Now, add 25g of cocoa powder into the large bowl which has the biscuit and fruits in and using a spoon, coat the dry ingredients with the cocoa powder. Set to one side.
- Next, in a large saucepan, over a medium heat, melt together the 150g of salted butter, 40g of light brown sugar and 200g of golden syrup, stirring together to combine.
- Once melted, take the saucepan off the heat and pour into the large bowl with the dry ingredients.
- Mix together the wet and dry ingredients throughly, until everything is nicely combined.
- Pour the mixture into your lined pyrex dish and using a spatula, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the dish.
- When your happy, place the pyrex dish into the fridge for half hour to harden.
How To Decorate The Chocolate Tiffin:
- When the tiffin has hardened, it’s time to decorate.
- Place 300g of broken chocolate into a large microwaveable bowl, place into the microwave and in 30 second blasts, blast the chocolate until fully melted.
- Once melted, pour the chocolate over the top of the chilled tiffin and using either the back of a spoon or a palette knife, spread the chocolate evenly across the top of the tiffin.
- Place the tiffin back into the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
- When the tiffin has hardened take back out the fridge. With a large knife, cut the tiffin into as many pieces as you wish and into whatever shape you desire (TIP: please be very careful whilst doing this as chocolate tiffin is quite hard to cut due to the time spent in the fridge hardening).
- Now that the tiffin is cut: in a small microwaveable bowl, add 20g of red deco melts and place into the microwave. In 20 second blasts, blast the melts until it has completely melted.
- Now, pour the melted melts into a small piping bag, snip off the very end of the piping bag ( TIP: I make the hole very small as this gives me better control of where I’m piping the melts and prevents the melts from getting everywhere) and pipe two lines – one length ways and one width ways (this is like the ribbon on the present).
- Repeat the steps above with the green deco melts.
- Finally, I added a christmas cake topper to the centre.
That’s your Chocolate Tiffin Presents prepared, chilled, decorated and ready foryou to enjoy!
No baking, no fuss! You can’t possibly tell me that this isn’t the perfect recipe for those times your in a rush but don’t want to arrive at your festive celebrations without a sweet treat in hand.
This is another bake which ingredients can be added or taken away from, cut and decorated however you want to suit your preferences. You don’t have to follow my recipe ingredient for ingredient, word for word, put your stamp on it – I can guarantee it’ll taste just as delicious.
With that being said, is there any ingredients you’d add or replace which you think will elevate the flavours of a chocolate tiffin? I’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Let me know in the comments below if you make this chocolate tiffin yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on it. Are you a chocolate tiffin / rocky road lover?
Before I leave, I realise how incredibly lucky I am to have been able to continue my bakes throughout the festive season and have food on my table this christmas, what with the costs of living sky rocketing. Therefore, I just wanted to share a couple of amazing charities who are donating food to adults & children / families who are in desperate need this christmas:
- The Trussell Trust: https://www.trusselltrust.org
- The Salvation Army: https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/support-salvation-army-christmas-3?
- Feeding Britain: https://feedingbritain.org
- Food Cycle: https://foodcycle.org.uk
If you don’t want to donate money directly to a charity (which I totally understand) but you would prefer to donate food straight to a food bank, then place your postcode into the link below and it will tell you the location of all food banks within your area.
- Find A Food Bank Near You: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,