Monday, May 9, 2011
McVities Orange marmalade Fridge Cake...a.k.a something similar to what Prince William had for a Grooms cake!
O.K... May 5th 2011 marked the first year anniversary point for my kitchen capers, and my memory lane gate just opened. Nope no flooding expected here, just a trickle...
I started meekly putting my foodie thoughts into words on this blog in Feb 2010, not really knowing what I was going to do. For one thing, I wet my toes in the culinary blogosphere way after the idea was all out there. made the barrier to entry all that more hard. How was I going to be different?. After all there are blogs devoted to every kind of cuisine in the world, offering wonderful time tested recipes & variations. This made it all the more different to bring a unique perspective to ones own web offering. & so I 'pussy-footed' around for 3 months, with random topics I felt strongly about, which were read by me & my aunt, Lakshmi in Bangalore who's been my most ardent supporter and my friend from school, Fanny Chakrabarti.
The tipping point came about without warning..I packed off to New York City on Apr 28th (after a ceremony at home to celebrate my baby's 1st birthday according to the Hindu calendar) to attend an information session for NYU's (my alma mater), part-time MBA program @ the Stern school of business. very useful session, the only thing was I wasn't working at the time which was a constraint, but the gentleman heading the session had helpful suggestions such as creating something that could have some sort of value, a blog .. or even recipes!
To cut a long story short, The next week I had my first nervous post on southie sushie..
I decided to take the liberty of creating something inspired by a post from another blog as a birthday treat to my own. Sala Kannan , who pens the blog veggie belly had a fabulous post on a no bake confection made with McVities Digestive biscuits. A complete tutorial including possible substitutions, and variations.
In my own crazy rushed fashion, I just HAD to try it out.. except, none of the ingredients listed were a personal british fave of mine. I've probably never given a thought to Digestive Biscuits or the brand McVities. (my preference is for Ribena blackcurrant cordial, Rowntree Mackintosh Quality Street chocolates & Marmalade)
Marmalade... That quintessentially British citrus jam so essential to toast. Coupled with the fact that I had 2 bars of Godiva's Dark chocolate sitting in the fridge for a month...I had my ingredients!. I found the British McVities digestive biscuits at the local Indian grocery and voila, I was all set to make my own version of Sala's fabulous fridge cake.
For this Yummy confection you need:
7 oz (2 bars) Godiva orange flavored dark chocolate
1/2 cup orange Marmalade (I used Keillers )
1/4 cup confectioners or icing sugar
1/4 cup ginger liqueur (optional, since it really did nothing towards the flavor)
7-8 digestive biscuits crumbled into big pieces
2 tbsp butter
Line a small loaf tin with cling wrap.
Heat the marmalade and icing sugar (I chose to omit this since I prefer to under sweeten my desserts, but you may add it as per taste) on low heat till it melts into a thick syrup.
Add the crumbled biscuits and mix well to coat the biscuits completely with the marmalade.
Break the chocolate up into squares. Combine with the butter and heat in a microwave for ~ 1 minute. Stir well till the chocolate is completely melted, shiny & combined with the butter.
Combine the biscuit/marmalade mixture and the chocolate and stir to ensure that the biscuits are completely enrobed with in the chocolate.
Pour the mix into the lined loaf tin. Cover the surface of the cake with the overhanging clingwrap and leave in the refrigerator to chill for ~ 2 hrs.
Thanks Sala for such a wonderfully inspirational recipe! & Bon appetit!