This came up in conversation when we invited our old flatmate around for dinner. He’s from the South originally, and we’re from the Midlands. Which to everyone in the southern lands, is the North. Everything above London is the North. You can almost see the images conjured up in their heads of snowy mountains and desolate plains. Even the road signs have it in for the midlands. Going out of Reading you have two choices; London, or Wales.
Anyway, he’d never heard of tiffin. How? Why?
We explained it.
‘ So is it just fridge cake?’
Yes and no.
The internet says it’s not a Northern thing and that tiffin is slang for a light meal, with the word originating in India, which doesn’t help explain the differences. So I’m just going to make it as I remember it and compare it to some fridge cake.
As a note, I used half of the recipe for the pictures otherwise, we’d be a very fat flat.
What I am going to attempt to do, is provide the base for your no-bake chocolatey heaven and then let you decide how to mod it.
Tiffin, Rocky road and Fridge cake all share the same basic ingredients but different accessories and ways of wearing them.
120g/ 4Tbsps Golden syrup
225g Digestive/ Rich tea biscuits. Graham crackers are the closest American equivalent.
300g Milk or dark chocolate. Or 50/50 of both.
Line your tin with clingfilm so that it hangs over the sides.
Melt the chocolate over a bowl of boiling water.
Melt the butter and golden syrup in a separate saucepan.
Crush up the digestive biscuits by taking a rolling pin to them. This is best done in a deep bowl (not made of glass) or by putting the digestive biscuits into a sandwich bag, tying a loose knot and then obliterating them into pieces.
Combine the digestive biscuits with the butter and golden syrup mix.
You’re now ready to create all the recipes.
For Tiffin add:
3 Tsp Cocoa powder
1 handful of raisins (Not in photos as the flatmate has a vendetta against raisins)
Add both ingredients into the biscuit mix and mix well.
Put the biscuit mix into your lined tray and flatten with a knife.
Pour the melted chocolate over the base and smooth out. Lick the bowl and leave to set in the fridge for two hours and cut into slices.
Combine the chocolate and biscuit mixtures. Add the marshmallows and mix well. Pour into the tin. Lick the bowl and leave to set in the fridge for two hours and cut into slices.
For Fridge Cake add:
Combine the chocolate and biscuit mixtures. Add the stuff and mix well. Pour into the tin. Lick the bowl and leave to set in the fridge for two hours and cut into slices.
Stuff you say?
Stuff can be anything that doesn’t require baking.
Egg-free cookie dough
Any type of sweet- Malteasers, Revels, After-8 mints, M&M’s, Smarties
Different types of biscuits.
So there you have it. Happy munching!