This fridge cake, adapted from Jamie Oliver's recipe, brings back glorious memories for me. When I was 15 or so I gave up chocolate for lent, and, around about the same time, my Mum had made this fridge cake. With the willpower of a small child, I reasoned that if nobody saw me eating the fridge cake then I had not deviated from my chocolate abstinence. I would run into the kitchen while nobody was around, cut myself a superhuman sized slice, and retreat immediately to the privacy of my room where I could enjoy it to the fullest. I'm unsure if this is truly embodies the spirit of lent, but at the time it seemed like a no brainer. If I am completely honest, I would probably do the same again.
400g (2 blocks) dark chocolate (cooking chocolate is good because you are relying only on the sweetener from the chocolate
150g dried bananas, chopped
1/2 cup cashews
3/4 cup pistachios
4 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1/2-1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1. Take a baking tin and line it with glad wrap, leaving cling wrap hanging over the sides for you to pull it out later. I sprayed my tin with a bit of oil first so the cling wrap would be extra clingy.
2. Pop a small - medium pot on the stove and grab a metal bowl larger than the pot. Making sure the water never touches the bowl, roughly chop your butter and chocolate, and throw it in the bowl to melt. Stir every now and again.
3. Once the mixture is practically smooth, add the salt and dried banana and mix well. Take off the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
4. Add the pistachios and cashews, and mix well. Pour the mixture into your baking tin.
5. Using a small spoon, add globs of the peanut butter into the chocolate, and push them down with your spoon or a finger if you're lazy like me. The idea is that there will be surprise bits of peanut butter, like in the picture.
6. Once all the peanut butter is in, pop the cake in the freezer. Best results involve freezing it overnight, after which you can keep it in the fridge or freezer or just eat it all. Getting it out is easy - just take it out of the freezer/ fridge for a while and then pull on the cling wrap to remove. Slice and fall in love. Thanks Jamie.