Cranberry and Pecan Tiffin :: this is one ScRumPtiOuS recipe, and I'm delighted to be passing it on to you all. You're gonna love it. Your family and friends are gonna love it, and they will love you for making it and sharing it.
When it was J's birthday earlier this year, he told me quite matter of factly that he didn't want any presents, and he didn't want cake. No, what he really wanted more than anything else was homemade tiffin. And that is what he got.
This recipe is my own. I had never made Tiffin before J's birthday request, although I had eaten it. I have a faded memory of eating the most delicious, scrumptious cranberry and pecan tiffin someplace, somewhen, somewhere that I can't quite recall. But I remember how completely I loved it, and how that combination of the slightly sharp cranberries with the sweetness of the chocolate and the crunch of the biscuit was just divine. Heavenly.
I searched the internet for a cranberry-pecan-tiffin recipe and could find none. But there are a gazillion recipes out there for Tiffin (often known as Refrigerator Cake), and I found they all varied wildly in both the ingredients and the quantities. So I ended up kind of combining several different bits of various recipes to make my own version, based on that elusive memory of the original one I tasted in some unknown cafe in some forgotten place.
So to make this wickedly, heavenly recipe, you will need ::
200g digestive biscuits
100g dried cranberries
50g roughly chopped pecan nuts
200g good chocolate (I use half and half dark/milk)
200g unsalted butter (it HAS to be unsalted and it CANNOT be margarine)
2tbs golden syrup (or corn syrup in the US)
This is a very child friendly recipe, and it's also a no-bake recipe. It can also be a very messy recipe if you have Small Helpers.
Put the biscuits into a bowl and smash to bits. Use whatever implement you fancy...rolling pin, wooden spoon, your child. We started out with a wooden spoon, then went in with Little Lady's hands toward the end to break the crumbs up more finely.
don't want to end up with dust mind you, so go steady with the
pounding. The biscuit should be a mix of very fine crumbs and slightly
larger bits too, as pictured above.
Assemble your cranberries, and roughly chop your pecan nuts.
Add the fruit and nuts to the smashed biscuit and mix well.
In a separate heatproof bowl, put the chocolate, butter and syrup and heat gently until melted. I used the microwave, heating for about 30-45 seconds at a time, then stirring, then heating a little more, then stirring until there is a lovely, luscious bowl of brown melty smooth deliciousness.
Ahhhhh the smell......it takes all my will power not to stick my face right in the bowl and slurp.
Now add the biscuit/fruit/nut mix to the melted chocolate/butter/syrup mix and stir well.
Pour into a lined tin (I used an 8inch/20cm square brownie tin, lined with baking parchment).
Then put the tray into the fridge and leave to cool/set...takes at least an hour, and this is by far the hardest bit of the whole tiffin-making experience, especially if you are doing it with Little People.
You can distract Little Minds for a good while by allowing them to clean the bowl out with their bare hands. Be warned, it will be Messy.
But once the bowl has been cleaned, the Pestering will begin.
Is it ready yet?
Can we check?
Is it ready now?
Can I go look?
I lost track of the number of times Little Lady went to the fridge to see if the chocolate had set, but there were a lot of little finger prints all over the surface of our tiffin.
No matter...it did eventually set of course....
....and it did eventually get eaten with mmmmmm's of appreciation. Words cannot describe how delicious this stuff is.
My. Goodness. Just looking at these photos this morning is making me
want to rush out the house this very instant to go buy the ingredients
to make this again. Really. I'm seriously thinking to myself :: right,
its 9am, the supermarket is open, if I put my coat on over my pyjamas
and go right now this very minute, I could be eating cranberry and
pecan tiffin with my (late) morning coffee.
See ya.....I'm off.............
Edited to add :: a note about digestive biscuits...I realise now, a very English ingredient. According to Wikipedia, in the US you can substitute with Graham Crackers, if this makes any sense??!!