We love making Rocky Road all year round …. but particularly around Christmas time to package up as gifts for family and friends. There is something very satisfying and rewarding about making food gifts it really does feel good for the soul, with the extra reward of delight in the eyes of friends and family when they open the pack to find a big slice of homemade Rocky Road with their name on it!
This recipe is also great fun to make with kids, as there is minimal knife skills involved …………. and of course they will love licking the spoon clean of chocolate at the end!!
300g marshmallows – cut in half
4 Cherry Ripes – cut into 1 cm pieces
400g milk chocolate – break into pieces
400g dark chocolate – 70% – break into pieces
200g Natural Confectionery Co. Snakes – cut into 1cm pieces (easiest using a pair of kitchen scissors)
200g dried paw paw – diced
300g Macadamia nuts – cut in half (best not to let the kids cut the nuts)
Olsson Flaked Sea Salt – pinch
- line the base of your baking tray with baking paper
- place the chocolate and salt in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water – it is important that the base of the bowl does not touch the water
- allow the chocolate to melt gently in the bowl and stir occasionally to ensure it is melting evenly – do not allow the water in the saucepan to boil
- whilst the chocolate is melting – using a pair of kitchen scissors cut the snakes, Cherry Ripes and marshmallows into small pieces – cut them all straight into the baking tray
- add the dried paw paw to the baking tray
- using your hands mix thoroughly to ensure the mixture is evenly distributed around the tray
- pour the melted chocolate across the tray evenly and then quickly spread the chocolate over the Rocky Road mixture with a spatula – you must do this quickly as the chocolate will begin to set and you want to make sure the Rocky Road is evenly covered
- place another piece of baking paper over the mixture – and gently press down to ensure the mixture is even
- place in the fridge to set for approximately 2 hours
Serve / Finish:
- once the Rocky Road has set – pull it out of the baking tray using the baking paper
- place on a chopping board and using a sharp large knife cut into large pieces
- work quickly so the heat of your hands does not melt the chocolate
- neatly present your beautiful Rocky Road on a plate or serving platter and dive in!
- it’is important that you line the baking try with baking paper as it makes lifting the Rocky Road out easy once it has set
- I like to cut all the ingredients straight into the baking tray as it gives you a good idea about how much mixture you need (without the chocolate) for the size of baking tray you are using
- I like to use Cherry Ripe, as to be honest I am not a massive fan of glacie cherries. You can of course use any fruit or nut combination you prefer, I guess the one thing you can’t replace are the marshmallows – but then again why would you?!
- salt I know sounds weird with chocolate ………….. it does help bring out the flavour and balances out the chocolate ……. so give it a go!
- using good quality chocolate and sea salt is a must
We’d love to see your recreations of our Rock Road recipe – don’t forget to hashtag #tastebyronbay so we can see your beautiful creates.