Sunday, 21 October 2012

Famous Faces’ Favourite Fancies - Chocolate and ginger tiffin


If you’ve turned on the television before 9.30am at any point in time since 1984, the chances are you will have come across LorraineKelly.  I did an almost comic double take when I read that – 1984!  Lorraine Kelly has been getting up before the crack of dawn for 28 years to present live breakfast telly...and somehow looks younger now than when she started!

Fast approaching national treasure status (if not indeed already there) and famed for her infectious giggle, what I love about Lorraine is her ability to do funny and serious with equal success and her warmth – something that is often lacking in television.  Of course, the fact that she selected her favourite fancy as anything including chocolate and ginger didn’t hurt either...a woman after my own heart!

I chose a no-bake tiffin as it seemed the best of all worlds – biscuity, fruity, nutty, gingery and chocolaty.  I think that’s enough of words ending in ‘y’!  I mixed milk and dark chocolate for the topping but you can use whichever blend you choose.  Here it is before the chocolate:

The chocolate sets nice and thickly on the top and requires a satisfying amount of pressure to bite through it, at which point you are rewarded with a biscuity mixture of fruit and nuts.  Using ginger nut biscuits adds an extra punch of flavour but you could use plainer biscuits if you preferred.  You have to love something that you can leave a set of teeth marks in:


For the base:
225g ginger nut biscuits
125g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
25g cocoa powder
80g raisins
75g toasted flaked almonds

For the topping:
200g chocolate – I used half dark, half milk, but you can use all dark or all milk if you prefer


Have ready a 20cm x 13cm disposable foil tin.  I bought mine in the local supermarket – there were three in the pack and it came with a cardboard lid.

Crush the ginger nut biscuits in the food processor or using a bag and a rolling pin.  If using the processor, pulse, because you want a mixture of crumbs and lumps of biscuit – don’t treat it like you’re making a biscuit base for a cheesecake.

Place the butter and golden syrup in a large saucepan and melt together, stirring occasionally so that the mixture doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan.

NB. When weighing out the flaked almonds give them a squeeze in your clenched hand to crush them a little – it will make the finished tiffin easier to cut.

Tip the biscuits into the melted butter along with the cocoa, raisins and almonds.

Stir until well combined then press into the foil tray.  Press down so the mixture feels compact.

Cover and refrigerate.

When cold and hard, make the topping: melt the chocolate either in short bursts in the microwave (my preferred method) or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water – take care that the bowl doesn’t touch the water.

Pour the melted chocolate over the set base and spread to ensure an even covering.
Leave to set (no need to refrigerate but it won’t do it any harm – just might take the gloss off the chocolate).

Cut into bars and enjoy with a cup of tea.

Bask in the glory of the wonderful thing you have created.



Kezia said...

I am seriously craving that right now! Looks delicious - I always feel hungry when looking at your blog:)

Gloria said...

oh mymymy! yumm this look absolutely georgeous I want eat! LOL

Alison said...

so genius to use ginger nut biscuits, would never have thought of that, can't wait to try it.

Miss Cakeaholic said...

That looks delicious and very fuss free! Gotta love the fuss free when you just want something sweet, spicy and chocolately. Xx

Ulla said...

Oh my, this looks great!

Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog said...

I'd go for a slice of this! I love these famous fancies :) wonder who next?


decocinasytacones said...

This looks very yummy!.
I love it.
Love from Spain

Anonymous said...

I have no idea who this lady is, but the tiffin looks smashing!


Caroline said...

Ooh, yum. Love anything chocolate and ginger too!

Baking Addict said...

I love no bake recipes! Not a fan of ginger though but I'm sure Hob Nobs would work just as well :)

Sarah-Jane - said...

Yumm "Y" !

Laura loves cakes said...

Your tiffin looks really yummy and I love the flaked almond, raisin and ginger nut combination under that gorgeous layer of chocolate! :-)

sensibilia said...

So agree about teeth marks. Chunk, clunk, and slurp!

carl david said...

This is a very unique recipe. Chocolate and ginger? Hmm. That's quite a combination. I don't care as long that there's some chocolate.
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Samantha Elliott said...

Mmmmmn! I have just had to wipe the drool off my keyboard so I can type this comment! Want some NOW!!

fallen from flavour said...

Lorraine Kelly has impeccable taste! I've not made a tiffin before, and have only ever eaten shop-bought, but now I've just got to try my hand at it. It was the thick,tooth-marked chocolate topping that did it for me.

Greedy Traveller said...

Not sure which I prefer more - the cake or Lorraine! Another great post!

Jo said...

I've not had tiffin in ages! Lorraine Kelly has excellent taste. Definitely agree about the teeth marks!

Choclette said...

Hmmm, no, don't think I've turned on the telly before 9:30 before. That could of course be because I've never had one. Lorraine Kelly is new to me, but if she's into chocolate and ginger she can't be too bad. Your tiffin looks so inviting I'm starting to get a craving.

Jacqueline said...

It was a good choice. Tiffin is always a treat! Lorraine lives quite near to us and it is always odd to walk past her. Not used to it yet :)

Lucy said...

I always find chocolate tiffin absolutely addictive - Lorraine has good taste! Love the combination with ginger to make a change to.