Spicy Chocolate, Butterscotch and Fruit Cake

A couple of years ago my lovely Dutch friend sent me some goodies, including some of my favourite speculoos [ or speculaas?] biscuits. I used them in a recipe I found in a French magazine, and decided to make the cake again. It doesn't need any cooking.

125g speculoos biscuits [or any spicy biscuit - the ones they sell in Lidl are good]
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 and melted butter. 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 one's teeth, but delicious, and so easy to make! 
 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?!!


Suelle said…
You haven't mentioned the butter - but I assume it goes into the base layer. This sounds so unusual, but I'm not sure I'd risk my crowns and implants on crunchy toffee - perhaps fudge would work as well.
Snowy said…
Sorry, yes it goes in with the biscuits and dried fruit. I agree that the Werther's aren't good for teeth! I'll try it with fudge and see if it works.
Suelle said…
Thanks for correcting the recipe! I often have cream leftover after Christmas - this looks a good use for it. I suspect any sort of contrating topping would work almost as well - even something like crushed amaretti biscuit crumbs or more speculoos.

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