Chocolate fudge square
It's not technically baking, since it doesn't go near the oven, but this is a bonus when it comes to cooking with kids. In fact once you've shown them how to do it once or twice, this delicious fudge square is simple enough to be made by young cooks on their own.
- 250g packet Wine or Digestive biscuits
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup milk
- 75g butter
- About 1 cup chopped wainuts, chopped sultanas, or a mixture of both
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp boiling water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup icing sugar
- To crush the biscuits, put them in a large plastic bag, fasten loosely with a rubber band, then bang and roll with a rolling pin until quite evenly crushed (kids like this part!). If you prefer, roughly crumb the broken biscuits in a food processor, but don't make fine, even crumbs - you do want some chunks in the mixture.
- Mix the sugar and cocoa in a medium-sized pot or pan, then stir in the milk and add the butter. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time.
- Remove from the heat, add the crushed biscuits, chopped nuts and/or sultanas and the essence, and stir together.
- Press mixture into a baking paper lined sponge roll tin (you do not have to spread the mixture over the whole tin) until is the depth you like. Flatten surface fairly smoothly with the back of a spoon.
- To make the icing, measure the cocoa and butter into a small bowl, add the boiling water and mix to a paste. Add the vanilla and (sifted) icing sugar and beat until smooth. (Adjust thickness by adding a little extra water or icing sugar if necessary)
- Spread the icing over the base, then leave to stan until the icing is firm. (Chilling in the fridge will speed this up.) Cut into pieces when firm.