Dark chocolate liquorice rocky road


  • Serves 6 people

We've made our own liquorice, but around 250 gm of good shop-bought will do nicely, and feel free to improvise with other ingredients.

  • 500 gm dark chocolate (60% cocoa solids) coarsely chopped
  • 200 gm vanilla marshmallows, roughly chopped
  • 150 gm almonds, roasted and coarsely chopped
  • 20 gm freeze-dried raspberries, plus extra for scattering (see note)
  • Liquorice
  • 120 gm butter, diced, plus extra for greasing
  • 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 185 gm (½ cup) dark corn syrup (see note)
  • 180 gm (½ cup) sweetened condensed milk
  • 90 gm (¼ cup) blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tbsp anise extract (see note)
  • 2 tsp black food colouring
  • 120 gm (¾ cup) plain flour
01   To make liquorice, line a 20cm square cake tin with lightly buttered baking paper. Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, molasses, anise, food colouring and a pinch of fine salt in a saucepan over low-medium heat, then bring to the boil and cook until the mixture reaches 120C on a sugar thermometer. Remove from heat, add flour and stir to incorporate. Pour into cake tin and refrigerate until chilled and firm (about 2 hours). Invert onto a board and cut into lengths about 2cm wide then cut into roughly 2cm-square pieces. Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate to chill (about 1½-2 hours).
02   Grease and line a 25cm x 16cm cake tin with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang (for easy removal). Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon, until smooth (2-3 minutes).
03   Combine marshmallows, almonds, raspberries and liquorice in a bowl, pour chocolate over and stir to coat well. Spread mixture evenly over baking tin, scatter with freeze-dried raspberries and set aside until firm (about 2 hours). Turn out onto a clean surface and, using a hot knife, cut into chunks. Store rocky road in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 2 weeks.

Note Freeze-dried raspberries are available from select grocers and delicatessens or at fresh-as.com. Anise extract and dark corn syrup are available from select delicatessens and The Essential Ingredient.

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