Deceptively simple chocolate rocky road

Some desserts are simple and unadorned. Others attain their fame through the complexity and sheer extravagance of their make-up. Rocky road is one of those desserts. For days when plain chocolate just won’t suffice, crumble in some biscuits, marshmallow, nuts and more and watch the room explode with enthusiasm as every tastebud and memory is captivated by this deceptively simple treat. It’s sticky, rich and wickedly delicious. But every now and then, it’s necessary.

Deceptively simple chocolate rocky road

Ingredients:

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Setting time: 45min–1 hour | Makes: 25–35 depending on size

600g chocolate, cut into large chunks
100g butter
120g tennis biscuits or ginger nut biscuits, bashed up with a rolling pin in a plastic bag
50g dried cherries, cranberries or sultanas
100g blanched almonds
100g maraschino cherries
100g marshmallows, plus extra for topping
Any other bits of candy for toppings like choc chips, chocolate eggs (basically whatever tickles your fancy)

Deceptively simple chocolate rocky road

Method:

1. Line the base and sides of a 30 x 20cm rectangular baking tray with baking paper or cling film.
2. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir in the butter and allow to cool slightly.
3. Stir through the remaining ingredients and pour into the lined tin.
4. Allow to set at room temperature before storing in the fridge (if very hot, otherwise room temperature should be fine and also makes for easy cutting).
5. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and serve.

Deceptively simple chocolate rocky road

Rocky road really has no rules and it’s one of the most deceptively simple desserts out there. You can add absolutely anything you think would be good with chocolate. For an adults only version, add a few tablespoons of your favourite liqueur to the mix and serve as petit fours after dinner.