I am just realising that Easter is fifteen days earlier than it was last year. That seems insane! I know it's got to do with the full moon and whatnot, but it's still strange to me. Imagine starting a new year and not knowing what date Christmas was going to fall on, it would drive me crazy!
Anyway, this slice is kind of groundbreaking for me - as will be Friday's recipe - since Daniel has been doing his best to get me out of my shell (hey, that's almost an Easter pun...) and try new things in the kitchen.
We've been watching Zumbo's Just Desserts and it's really inspired him to help me branch out for my usual cupcakes and cookies because I am the Queen of resting your laurels and would do it for the rest of my life if I could - but, I have to say, I am loving the results so far!
We've started off with two different slice recipes, as they are something different to me, but still aren't too difficult right off the bat. Friday's recipe is actually the first one we tried, and this hedgehog slice is the second. Neither one of us had ever made hedgehog slice before, but I really think we nailed it! I honestly cannot stop eating it, it's so good.
We changed it up a bit from the regular, everyone-and-their-mum-has-made recipe by using milk chocolate instead of dark, and scrapping the walnuts, but other than that it's the good old hedgehog slice that everyone reading this has most certainly had at some point in their lives! Now, I'll stop chewing off your ear and get onto the recipe!
FOR THE HEDGEHOG SLICE
( This recipe actually makes six of the squares pictured - I just like doing things in threes! 😅)
♡ 200g plain biscuits, chopped coarseley
♡ 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
♡ 1 egg
♡ 150g chocolate (I used cooking chocolate so it would melt easier)
♡ 1/3 cup cocoa powder
♡ 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
♡ 250g butter
♡ 1 + 1/4 cup caster sugar
1. Grease or line your tray with baking paper or butter. Most recipes usually call for a 20 x 30 tray, but you can go for bigger or smaller depending on how thick you would like your slice to be!
2. Melt butter in 30 second increments in the microwave, then quickly stir sugar and cocoa in until melted and incorporated.
3. Whisk in the egg, then add biscuits and coconut. Mix until combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Refrigerate overnight.
4. Melt chocolate in microwave or on the stove, then pour evenly on top of your slice. Place back in fridge until set.
FOR THE "GRASS"
♡ Buttercream icing
♡ Green gel food dye
♡ Piping bag
♡ Grass piping tip
♡ Blue and green sprinkles (optional)
1. Colour your buttercream with the food dye until you get your desired colour. Pour icing into piping bag fitted with the grass piping tip.
2. Once the top layer of chocolate on your hedgehog slice has set and cooled, cut it into slices and start piping the grass by squeezing the piping bag as close to the slice as possible for a few seconds, before lifting it up and slowly releasing the pressure on the bag. Holding it in place for those few seconds creates a foundation for the "blades" of grass to sit in, rather than just having the brown slice underneath.
3. Continue step two all over the hedgehog slices, making sure that each new patch of icing you do is as close to the one before as possible to eliminate any spots of brown in between, but also being cautious that the piping tip doesn't squish any of the previous icing you added.
4. Once all your slices are covered in your green icing, decorate with speckled eggs, chocolate bunnies (which I show you how to make below), and sprinkles if you'd like!
FOR THE CHOCOLATE BUNNIES
♡ White and milk chocolate melts
♡ Plastic bunny mould (I used these ones)
1. Melt chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave, then pour into desired mould.
2. Place in fridge until set, then carefully pop out the chocolate and break off any excess pieces. Repeat this process until you have as many chocolate bunnies as you desire, then carefully place them onto your Easter scene hedgehog slices!
This is really quite a simple dessert for such an awesome result, but it's still not something I would have bothered to try if it weren't for Daniel. I can't wait for you guys to see Friday's post; it was 100% Daniel's idea and it is awesome. I couldn't be more thankful to have him in my life to help me try new things and realise my own potential.
I'll explain more in the actual post, but Daniel helping me out in the kitchen came about because a recipe I tried didn't work out, so he suggested a slice recipe, and now we try out new baking adventures every weekend together. We're hoping to attempt mini pies soon; it will be our first attempt at making pastry so that should be interesting 😂
Until next time,