Arabella has survived her first three exams and is now halfway through the HSC. She doesn’t have another exam for five more days. To celebrate, this afternoon we went shoe shopping. We didn’t buy anything but ended up having pedicures in readiness for an event we have coming up this Sunday. It was a great way to relax after what has been a stressful week.
We arrived home and Archie was in in full flight organising his Mumford and Sons weekend. ‘We’re getting the car packed now, mum, because we’re heading off to the Sydney concert in a few minutes and then we’ll be home late, sleep for a few hours and then we’re leaving before six tomorrow.’
‘But it’s only a three hour drive to Dungog and the concert’s not until tomorrow night. Why, after a late night, do you have to leave so early’.
‘Mum, it’s first in best dressed for the camp sites. We want a really good camp site so we have to leave before six. Have you seen the camp chairs?’
‘No; look in the shed’.
‘And mum, after tonight’s concert, the boys are all going to come back here and stay the night because it’s just easier if we don’t have to waste time picking everyone up in the morning and this place is the most central so is that okay?’
‘Oh, sure. Not a problem’. But I was groaning on the inside.
‘We don’t need any food because we’ll get that at tonight’s concert but just a bed would be good’.
‘Okay, that’s fine.’
‘But mum, do you have any food now?’
‘No, there’s nothing.’
‘Is there anything in the pantry I can take camping?’
But there was nothing. And I didn’t want him going away with nothing. This morning I saw on Kari’s blog a recipe she created that is similar to Hedgehog Slice and it reminded me of how long it’s been since I’ve made this quick and easy no-bake slice. Tomorrow it’s heading to Dungog for a weekend of camping with a bunch of enthusiastic Mumford and Sons fans.
No-Bake Hedgehog Slice
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: Not a lot but this depends on the quality of chocolate used.
- 250g plain biscuits, broken into small pieces (I used Arnott’s Scotch Finger Biscuits)
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
- ½ cup caster sugar
- ½ cup chopped pecan nuts (I used walnuts)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 100g dark chocolate, chopped
- 100g butter
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 200g dark chocolate, chopped
- 50g unsalted butter, chopped
Lightly grease a 20 x 20cm slice pan.
Line base and two sides with baking paper, extending paper 2cm above pan edge.
In a large bowl, combine biscuits, coconut, sugar, nuts and cocoa. In a small saucepan, stir chocolate, butter and syrup together over low heat for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is melted and well combined. Cool slightly. Add egg. Blend mixture into dry ingredients. Press mixture firmly into prepared pan using a fork. Chill for 30 minutes until firm.
Chocolate topping: melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Spread over chilled slice. Chill for 45 minutes until set. Using a hot knife, cut slab into squares.
Store chilled in an airtight container.
This recipe has been adapted from the Women’s Day.