Chocolate Concrete (or Crunch depending on who you ask) is the stuff of British School Dinner legend. It was always served as a pudding but is actually more like a hard crunchy cookie. Known to bend spoons if not eaten with care and skill this delicious school time goodie is also served with a pink strawberry flavoured custard.
When I was at school I used to look over longingly at the school desserts from the designated packed lunch table. It was only when I was a bit older that I realised if you offered to help tidy the canteen then you got to eat leftover dessert! So you know me….
I know this one is in demand so here is the recipe;
- 200g plain flour
- 200g sugar
- 50g dairy free margarine
- 50g lard (you can use all marge if you like)
- 50g cocoa
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180 c
Mix all the dry ingredients into one bowl
Gently melt the marge and lard then pour into dry ingredients mix in then use your fingers to rub together mix until it resembles a crumble mixture.
Pour into a brownie tin lined with greaseproof and push down with your hands until level.
Bake for about 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and mark out slices with a knife. Sprinkle the top with a little caster sugar.
Gently slide out of tin (but still on paper) onto a wire rack to cool.
Make Pink Custard (if you like)……..
- 5 tbsp cornflour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- a few drops pink food colour
- 1/2 tsp strawberry extract/essence
- 500ml rice/coconut/oat Milk
Combine the cornflour, sugar, food colour and extract in a bowl.
Measure the milk into a jug and use a little to combine the other ingredients to make a paste, using a whisk.
Pour the rest of the milk into a saucepan and gently heat until hot but not boiling. Once hot pour into the pink paste, whisk to combine and pour everything back into the saucepan. Now you need to keep stirring with the whisk until the mixture just comes to boil and thickens to a nice custard consistency, this won’t take long. Once thickened remove from heat and pour over your Chocolate Concrete. Yum.
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