Thank you Morgan for this delightful recipe! If you’ve never visited mygrandmasrecipebook.com, you are in for a treat – or two! Morgan chronicles some great old-fashioned recipes including this one she sent exclusively for my blog!
Chocolate Hedgehog Slices
This is a very nice, traditional Australian recipe from the 70’s and 80’s that is often served for afternoon tea or parties. I remember my grandmother and mother both making this for children’s birthday parties or just a special treat.
400 grams (14oz) plain sweet biscuits/cookies (shortbread or plain graham crackers would work)
250 grams (9oz) unsalted butter
1 cup caster or granulated sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 tablespoons shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecan nuts
Putting the biscuits/cookies in a zip-loc plastic bag, crush the biscuits with a rolling pin or other heavy tool until they are small pieces.
Melt the butter in a large bowl. Add the cocoa powder and stir until mixed.
Add the other ingredients and the biscuits, and then stir to combine.
Line a lamington tin (13” x 9” slice tin) with baking or greaseproof paper and spread the mixture into a thick layer.
Refrigerate for 1 hour; before the slice is set too firmly, cut into squares.
Keep refrigerated until served.
It is possible to substitute walnuts or almonds for the pecans.
This is an unbaked recipe using eggs, so it is not advised for young children or pregnant women. Please practice good egg safety.
Note from Brad: This no-bake dessert really hits the spot when you need a chocolate fix. And since it uses cocoa powder and nuts, it’s a bit healthier than other sweets! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Better yet, make it at home and tag me (@) and Morgan (@) on a photo of your concoction in Twitter.