6/05/2011

Chocolate cake with butterscotch and speculoos

My lovely Dutch friend sent me some goodies recently, including some of my favourite speculoos biscuits. I wanted to use them in a cake of some sort, and found this recipe in a French magazine.
No cooking is needed for the cake.

125g speculoos biscuits [or any spicy biscuit]
4 dried figs, finely chopped
4 dates, finely chopped
2 tbspns sultanas
60g melted butter
200g milk or plain chocolate - broken into small pieces
15cl single cream
2 packets of Werther's originals or other butterscotch sweets

22cm cake tin - preferably a silicone mould

Crush the biscuits and mix them with the dried fruit. Press the mixture into the bottom of the tin/mould and put it in the fridge to harden.
Break the chocolate up into a bowl.
Put the cream in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then pour it over the chocolate.
Stir well till the mixture is nice and smooth. Cool.
Take the base mixture out of the fridge and pour the chocolate over, then put it back in the fridge again to harden [for about 2 hours].
When the cake's ready, put the Werther's into a polythene bag or tea towel and crush them with a rolling pin. Sprinkle them over the top of the chocolate.


Not a very good photo - this is the top of the cake. Good variety of textures - a crunchy, chewy base -  I liked the dried fruit added to the biscuits - then a smooth chocolate layer and finally the crunchy butterscotch topping. Not good for ones teeth, but delicious, and so easy to make! 
We have a new Sweet Shop just opened in town and they sell Keiller Butterscotch [showing my age] so you could use these instead. The cake itself isn't too sweet, but the topping is! As it uses dates and figs, could this count towards your 5 a day?!!

2 comments:

Hazel said...

I LOVE Speculoos! Have you ever tried the spread? I've used it in millionaire's shortbread and cupcakes, and used the biscuits in cheesecake and tiramisu!

snowy said...

Hi Hazel, sorry I haven't replied sooner, but haven't been able top post any comments.
Where would I find the spread - sounds so good? Love your ideas for using the speculoos - am going to make a cheesecake tomorrow with them. Thank you.