November 18, 2013 20 Comments
I regard rocky road as a Christmas time indulgence.
I know that some of you are preparing for Thanksgiving, while others may still be recovering from Halloween (or the Virtual Vegan Potluck 4.0!). In that case, the thought of Christmas is a little confronting. Nevertheless, it will be here before we know it!
I have been considering the recipes that my family may indulge in for Christmas lunch this year.
Well, in all honesty, I’ve mostly been thinking about the desserts. 🙂 But, one has to start somewhere when planning a menu!
Vegan marshmallows are quite pricey in my part of the world, so rocky road only makes an appearance in our home on special occasions, like Christmas.
I use dark chocolate or ‘milk-style’ non-dairy chocolate, but you could use non-dairy white chocolate if you prefer. Many rocky road recipes contain glace cherries, but I prefer to use dried papaya. You may prefer to use another variety of dried fruit, or a vegan ‘gum- style’ lolly (candy) like ‘gummy bears’.
250g/8.5oz non-dairy chocolate
100g/3.5oz vegan marshmallows, roughly chopped
2 generous Tbsp dried papaya (paw paw) OR other dried fruit OR vegan ‘gum-style’ lollies, finely chopped
1/2 cup raw macadamia nut pieces
1/3 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
1. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
2. Add all of the ingredients, except chocolate, to a medium mixing bowl. Mix well.
3. Melt the chocolate. I use a large glass bowl, resting over a saucepan that contains a small amount of boiling water. Ensure that the boiling water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Do not allow water or steam to come into contact with the chocolate. Once the chocolate has completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat.
4. Add the other ingredients to the bowl of melted chocolate. Mix well with a spatula, and ensure that the ingredients are well-coated by chocolate.
5. Scoop the rocky road mixture into the loaf tin, and press down with the spatula.
6. Refrigerate for approximately 90 minutes, or until ‘set’. Then remove rocky road from the tin, and cut into 12 pieces.
Are you wondering what the tiny vegans think of rocky road?
4- year-old Tiny Vegan doesn’t like marshmallows. That rules out rocky road for him, since I’m not going to make it without its star ingredient. And, Little Baker is too little for chocolate. The other tiny vegans enjoy it, of course. No surprises there!
But, now that I have made rocky road in order to share the recipe with you, I probably won’t be making it for Christmas day after all. I have just had my rocky road ‘fix’ for the year.
What is your favourite Christmas day dessert?
Every Monday, I feature a delicious vegan recipe that is enjoyed by my own family. I hope your family enjoys it too!
If you missed the recipe that I took to the Virtual Vegan Potluck, click here.