So when I was recently asked to bring a traditional recipe to a food swap, hedgehog was one of the first recipes that sprang to mind. I have a recipe from my mum that I love. Yet my mum often doesn't stick to one recipe. She follows the same recipe for a while, then alters it or tries a new version, then returns to her favourite recipe. I don't think she would mind that I have - ahem - four other hedgehog recipes since starting this blog.
Lucy and Lauren's recent hedgehog recipes with condensed milk in them. I merged them, using lots of melted chocolate like Lucy but coconut rather than sultanas like Lauren. Always coconut. That is why I even sprinkled some on top.
I highly advise against making this with small children just before they are heading to bed. Yet I just wasn't organised enough to make it earlier. The park had been just too much fun!
this) so that Sylvia has something to eat that is not sweet. As it was, they had vegetarian sausages at the bbq so it wasn't as bad as I feared. Though Sylvia was very taken with the cake stall. Yes, my food ended up on the cake stall table as I had not realised it was different from the food swap.
Darebin Music Feast with his ukulele group. I found the Music Feast a really interesting and creative place to be. The ukulele gig started with a few uke players down the High Street in Northcote and members of the group and other ukulele groups were stationed along the way to join in as they walked up to the Town Hall. This was a really fun start.
Little Box Brownie caravan for cool drinks. Well they had cool drinks and I had a slice of brownie. Very good brownie. Rich, moist and a little crumbly. I was pleased to enjoy the offerings of a local blogger.
Then we listened to another band in the Town Hall as we sat outside in the shade relaxing. There were a few food trucks there but by then we had eaten our full.
I am sending this to Create Make Bake and Bake, Play, Smile for Fabulous Foodie Fridays #75, and to Karen and Janie for their Bonfire Night/Halloween edition of Tea Time Treats.
More hedgehog recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Hedgehog (mum's recipe)
Hedgehog fudge with dried cherries
Prince William's fridge cake (posh hedgehog)
Steph's vegan hedgehog (v)
Walnut hedgehog (v)
Adapted from Bake Play Smile and Create Bake Make
250g marie biscuits*
130g butter (I used margarine)*
130g dark chocolate*
1/2 cup condensed milk (about half a 400g tin)*
1/2 cup shredded coconut
200g milk chocolate*
50g dark chocolate*
handful of dessicated coconut
Crush marie biscuits in a paper bag so that the chunks about 1cm wide or less. Melt butter and chocolate together. Stir in condensed milk and coconut. Spread into lined slice tin (18 x 28 cm). Chill in fridge for about 30 minutes or more. For the topping, melt milk chocolate and dark chocolate together. Spread over the slice. Sprinkle with coconut. Chill until firm. Remove from fridge about 20 minutes before cutting and slice into square.
NOTES: This could easily be made vegan by using vegan biscuits (such as Nice biscuits), vegan margarine, vegan chocolate and vegan condensed milk. For the topping it might be a matter of using dark chocolate and some coconut oil if you can't find vegan milk chocolate. If you don't live in Australia and have trouble finding Marie biscuits, you can use tea biscuits, digestives, shortbread, graham crackers or whatever plain crisp biscuit (cookie) you love.
Update September 2016 - made this with a 72% chocolate that was so rich and dark that I added a few tablespoons of golden syrup. It was still very rich but in a good way.
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