Happy St. Patrick's Day

 I made this cake to serve as dessert after the big St. Patrick's Day dinner I am making today.  I have a lot of cooking ahead of me.

 I hate chocolate and I hate cake so this cake is my worst nightmare.  I have a feeling not everyone in my family will feel this way.

FOR THE CAKE
  • 340g (12oz) butter
  • 240g (8oz) golden syrup
  • 60g (2oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 120g (4oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 60g (2oz) pistachios
  • 100g (3½ oz) soft, plump dried figs, sliced or chopped
  • 450g (1lb) digestive biscuits, crushed
TO DECORATE
  • 300g (11oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 50g (2oz) white chocolate, chopped
  • selection of small chocolate sticks and Whoppers
YOU WILL NEED
  • one 20cm (8in) round or square cake tin about 7cm (2¾ in) deep.
1. Melt the butter with the golden syrup in a heavy-based pan. Do not let it boil.
2. Remove from the heat and add the cocoa powder, dark chocolate and vanilla extract.
3. Stir until you have a very smooth, glossy mixture.
4. Add the pistachios, figs and crushed biscuits to the chocolate mixture and stir well.
5. Line the base and sides of the cake tin with baking parchment or plastic wrap.
6. Place the mixture in the tin and press it down. (If you are using a square tin, make sure you press it down well into the corners.)
7. Leave to cool at room temperature before covering and chilling in the fridge. It will take about 2 hours to set completely firm.
8. When set, remove from the tin and place on a cooling rack.
9. Melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate separately.
10. Spread the dark chocolate all over the cake.
11. Decorate with the Whoppers before the chocolate sets, so that they stick to the cake. Position chocolate sticks as desired and drizzle with the white chocolate.
12. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



Very early this morning I started cooking the bacon which will be added to the colcannon I will be making later.

I was watched very closely by Julia Chow. Here she is doing her best Angelina Jolie impression.

Bacon heaven was right over her head.  There is always the possibility that it could fall on the floor.  Stranger things have happened.  Eternal puppy hope!

Comments

Valerie said…
Such a soulful sous chef!
Guillaume said…
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! I wish I could have a slice of that cake. Friends of ours make a Guinness cake that is delicious.
Happy St Paddy's Day!! Julia Chow looks quite hungry. David says the same thing when I give Lucy a taste of chicken or stew meat that I've cooked up and set aside a piece for her before I season it. Sorry, but that cake is a bit too much for my taste.
Cottage Tails said…
OOps I think you may have a nightmare heading your way. (Hopefully Winnie will have sweet dreams when the parcel arrives)
Linda said…
That is a rather strange "cake." But, there is so much chocolate that I am quite sure I would be in chocolate heaven. If I were a dog I would sit and wait for things dropped on the floor. If a dog were here, it would be happy with what I drop. However, no bacon has ever made it to the floor.
TARYTERRE said…
Julia Chow looks quite patient waiting for the bacon to fall off the cutting board onto the floor for her to munch on. did she get lucky? i don't like chocolate either but the cake looks good.