Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu “festival of lights”. I should have made this post earlier, but the festivities themselves kept me away from making one. Well, better late than never. 🙂
Diwali or Deepavali literally means Array of lamps. Diwali involves lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.
These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, rangoli(artwork with flowers or chalk) is usually made at the entrance of houses, all done in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi(Goddess of wealth).
New clothes, fresh sweets, savoury snacks are prepared. Visiting relatives and friends, exchanging sweets and gifts is all a huge part of the festivities.
My little girl’s latest obsession is her freshly acquired paint box. She usually is on a verge to paint anything, including my wooden ladles. But we used a good amount of her skills in coloring these little diyas and lighting them up for diwali.
I have never made the traditional sweets and snacks like gunjiya, kachori, mathri, shakkarpara, kalakand, gulab jamun … though some day I would like to attempt but for now, the thought petrifies me. So I stuck to my usual. I played with CHOCOLATE!
A lot of chocolate was used 🙂 Brownies, candies and an accidental fridge cake was the outcome of my experiments in the kitchen.
Accidental I say. Yes. It was by pure by chance. I set to make a bark, but a phone call distracted me and my chocolate over cooked.. leaving one solid mass and a complete disillusioned me. Sigh!
But really nothing ever goes waste. My stunned mind was enlivened by a packet of digestive biscuits. Crushed biscuits along with toasted almonds crumbled into chocolate made a very lively mess for my 6-year-old.
I refrained from adding any sugar or butter. So essentially the cake has sugar from the digestive biscuits and chocolate only. They turned out not too sweet, not too buttery like chocolates, carrying a taste of its own. We loved every bite, but had no clue what to call these little beauties. But then a teaser on FB, changed the whole scenario. A very sweet co blogger, Chintal of Chinskitchen pointed out that my inadvertent invention actually exists and is called a Fridge Cake. How interesting!
- 1 cup chocolate compound, I used Morde’s.
- 3/4 cup digestive biscuits, crushed
- 1/4 cup toasted nuts, almonds, cashews whatever you want
- 1-2 tbsp milk to bind – optional
Chop the chocolate, melt in a double boiler or use a small wok over a pot of boiling water. Melt the chocolate. Once melted, take off flame. Mix in the biscuits and toasted nuts. If its too dry, add a tbsp of milk, combine to form a dough. Set-pat in a rectangular box. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or so. Remove, cut into desired shapes and serve. Stays good under refrigerated conditions for at least a week.
Simple. They made perfect squares to be wrapped and gifted.
Variations in the above recipe –
- Use vanilla extract for that subtle flavor
- Use dried cranberries or assorted nuts
- For double chocolate magic, add dark and milk choco chips
- Coffee Lovers can stir in a tsp of coffee powder(mixed in a little milk) into the melted chocolate
- Try mixing peanut butter for golden blondies
- Crushed granola or corn flakes makes for perfect chocolaty granola squares
- Marshmallows, rice krispies – for a rocky road bar
- To make it sweeter, add golden syrup or honey
Phew… the list is endless!
You try your favorite version and let me know the verdict.