Not to disappoint, here's another post covered in chocolate, as I was when baking for a friend's recent housewarming party.
This friend - a fellow expat - hails originally from Scotland and so, to make her feel right at home in her new corner of the Fatherland, I decided to attempt a Scottish tea-time treat - the Tunnock's Tea Cake. It is a thing of great beauty - crisp biscuit base, soft, gooey marshmallow centre, all lusciously draped in thick milk chocolate.
Now I had googled extensively (as one does) and came across the GBBO version - which was a bit ambitious for my liking and too perfectly round. I'm not known for my attention to detail - nor my artistic abilities so steered well clear of that one! Anyway, it turns out that a morning lost on Pinterest came up trumps and I found a few ideas of how to proceed.
I came across a recipe on this blog, which seemed to work for me in terms of what was in the cake and how to make it - although I did need to put out an emergency call to the expat ladies as I'd run out of golden syrup. Cue another big UK/US debate about what it is and what is not substitutable - anyway a UK friend kindly lent me some in return for being a taste guinea pig at Mahjong the next day.
Anyway - as usual I digress...... The biscuit recipe was straightforward enough - but I think next time I'd make one sheet of biscuit then use a cutter to make smaller, mouthful size bites.
|Marshmallow mix over bain marie|
So two of three components ready - and assembled - no problem! Now, I just need to cover them in chocolate - well, I was covered - the kitchen too - and then the phone goes..... oh well in for a penny in for a pound, that too was lightly coated. In fact so many other things than the tea cakes got a covering that I ran out of chocolate!
|Pre Chocolate Coating|
|Homemade Chocolate Teacakes!|
We had a great afternoon (and evening once we'd sent the menfolk home with the children) and lots of Sekt was consumed...... Oops!