My Mum found something special recently, that we thought was long lost, and she sent me a photo.
It’s a much loved recipe on some very old tide-marked paper, written in my Gran’s own hand. As I think I’ve mentioned before my Gran sadly had a stroke when I was just 4 so I never really got to taste much of her baking. By all accounts she did a good job of baking for her family – at least if that can be judged by how many times her chocolate cake was mentioned at her wake, then she definitely did.
Gwen’s Chocolate Shortcake
Packet of chocolate digestives
4oz of butter
4 desert spoons of drinking chocolate
1 desert spoon of caster sugar
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
Crush the biscuits to a fine crumb in a large bowl. In a pan, gently melt and combine the other ingredients. Add to the biscuit crumbs and stir until combined. Press into a square 21cm tin and put in the fridge until hardened. Cut into small squares and serve.
I love this stuff, it’s very calorific and the only recipe I know that contains drinking chocolate rather than cocoa powder! It’s a taste of my childhood as we used to make it sometimes and I always knew it was Gran’s recipe. This summer it’s been a big hit – the Dr loves it and Sister-in-law-to-be El may have indulged in several chunks when she came to visit. In fact I’ve made about 3 trays, meaning to photograph the finished results but it keeps disappearing before I can get the camera out. Seriously – you must try this.
I’m rather concerned it may have contributed to a few of the pounds I have gained this summer, but hey you can’t get more vintage than that recipe can you?!
It is with a fear of the bathroom scales I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!