I know that everyone likes a treat every now and again and this recipe for Chocolate Fridge Cake is one of my favourites. I was first introduced to the concept of Chocolate Fridge Cake whilst at University when a housemate made one for my birthday. Made with just melted chocolate, biscuits and dried fruits I loved the simplicity and how deliciously decadent it was to have such a great chocolate treat.
When I was thinking how to make the recipe Paleo friendly the biggest issue was how to replace the crushed biscuits. I was delighted to find that the Coconut Flakes Paleo cereal by Julian Bakery makes a great substitute! After that I added in some hazelnuts, raisins, fresh fruit and some honey and a Paleo friendly version was borne.
You can literally add any flavours to this that you like. I used raspberries for my fresh fruit element as I love the combination of raspberries with dark chocolate but you could add any fruits that you like (or leave them out if you prefer). You could create a lovely Christmas feel by adding dried cranberries or perhaps adding a touch of orange. If you want more crunch then make sure you add extra Coconut Flakes to the mixture. You will be able to judge as you are mixing the consistency that you are after for your personal taste.
Make sure that you can use the best quality chocolate that you can find. There are now some great options when it comes to buying Paleo friendly chocolate and many are UK based companies. If you cannot find any locally then try online; places such as Perfectly Paleo and Planet Organic have a great selection. You can purchase the Coconut Flakes Cereal on Amazon.co.uk.
A few points to note…
To set the fridge slices I placed the mixture into a medium sized tupperware container. You could use a small casserole dish or even cookie cutters or egg rings if you wanted to make different shapes. Once the mixture is set you will need to leave for a few minutes before cutting. To get the cleanest cut I always pour boiling water over the blade of the knife before cutting. Make sure you take care when doing this and remember the knife will be hot if you push down on the top when slicing. Place a clean tea towel over the top to protect your hands if needed.
You can cut the fridge cake into slices, wedges or squares or indeed any other shape you desire.
Chocolate Fridge Cake
Servings: 8 – 10 pieces
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
200g dark chocolate, good quality 70% + cocoa solids
3 tbsp raw honey
50g Julian Bakery Coconut Flakes
Handful fresh raspberries
1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a slowly boiling pan of water.
2. Once melted place the bowl on one side and allow the chocolate to cool.
3. Once the chocolate has cooled add the honey and stir together well until combined.
4. Stir in the Coconut Flakes, hazelnuts and fruit until evenly coated.
5. Line a deep sided dish/container with clingfilm and pour in the chocolate mixture.
6. Make sure the mixture is evenly spread with a height of about 2 inches.
7. Place into the fridge and leave until the mixture has set. Overnight is ideal.
8. Remove the dish/container from the fridge and leave for 10 minutes.
9. Using the clingfilm, remove the chocolate mixture and place onto a chopping board.
10. Slice into equal pieces and enjoy!
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