New Year’s Eve Eve


Whoo, boy. Back in Brooklyn and scurrying around: groceries, coffee, Barnes ad Noble–just the necessities!

Bought a few things for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day cooking.
Thanks to an English friend, I recovered the all-important
digestive-biscuit “cake” recipe, as below.

Couldn’t find crowder peas in the grocery; instead, I got a couple of
bags of things that look similar/passable. Forgot the turnip greens
(not to mention all the ingredients for the cake), so back to Steve’s
C-Town tomorrow I go.

Books I’m reading or about to dive into:


What is the What

And here’s the recipe (the original is here):

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Ingredients: 125g (41/2 oz) unsalted butter

75g (3oz) Lyle’s golden syrup

200g (7oz) Green and Black’s Chocolate, broken into pieces (try 1/3 milk choc and 2/3 dark)

1 egg

50g (2oz) digestive biscuits (McVitie’s)

50g (2oz) whole walnuts

OPTIONAL: 50g (2oz) sultanas, 50g (2oz) glacé cherries, reserving a few for decoration

Instruction: Line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper or baking
parchment and set aside. Melt the butter and syrup together in a small
saucepan over a gentle heat until they begin to boil. Melt the chocolate
in a heatproof bowl suspended over a saucepan of barely simmering
water, then mix thoroughly with the butter and golden syrup. Pasteurise
the egg by beating it slowly and continuously into the hot chocolate
mixture. Break up the biscuits into large chunks; remember, they will be
broken further when mixed, so don’t make them too small. Add the
walnuts, sultanas and most of the cherries. Pour the chocolate mixture
on to the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula or wooden
spoon. Press the mixture into the tin and decorate with reserved glacé
cherries. Leave to set in the fridge for about 4 hours. Remove from the
fridge, peel off the paper and cut into slices or cubes. Serve chilled.

Serves: Makes: 10 large, very rich slices Preparation

Time: Preparation time: 15 minutes Chilling time: 4 hours

NB: I make this without sultanas/raisins or cherries.Enjoy. Happy New Year, everybody!

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