Of all my childhood memories this is probably one of my favourites. My auntie would arrive at our house with a giant slab of this cake wrapped in tin foil from her job at Trinity College in Dublin. Now you have to remember this was 80’s Ireland, things were tight, ya weren’t gobbling chocolate every day. And in she would walk, gorgeous and glamorous dressed to the nines and the cake would be taken out of the bag. The joy, the anticipation of the sheer pleasure you were about to taste. We adore our auntie Maudie and many a wonderful food experience she gave us over the years. But this one beats them all. Its a great Easter Cake or chop into squares and have in the tin for a cuppa. You can make a vegan version, and non-gluten version too. Just swap with the alternatives. But this one is the original from the woman herself.
- 300g plain milk chocolate (good quality)
- 4oz real butter (not margarine or easy spread.)
- 3 tablespoons of caster sugar
- 1 level tablespoons of golden syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence/extract (good quality ideally)
- 8oz rich tea biscuits (smashed but not crumbled. You want chunks)
- Bash the biscuits into chunks and leave to one side.
- Break & melt the chocolate into a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
- Once melted take off the heat and beat ensuring its all smooth.
- In a separate bowl cream, the butter & sugar together until smooth then add the golden syrup and continue to beat until mixed thoroughly.
- Gradually pour in the melted chocolate to your butter, sugar mixture and stir so its all combined. Now add the biscuits folding everything together.
- Line a loaf tin (if you want slices) or a brownie tine (for squares) with greaseproof paper or lightly greased cling film. Allow enough to fold over the top.
- Pour in the mixture, smooth out and press down to compact it. Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight until its set.
- Take out the tray and let it stand for a while at room temperature before slicing & serving. You can dust with icing sugar and scatter red berries etc if putting on a serving plate to make it look pretty. (I just slice and gobble)