- My mother would often make this and I liked to help as it was easy – there was no baking required.
- She would use plain biscuits such as: Morning Coffee, Petit Beurre or Rich Tea.
- These are called herbatniki – (biscuits to go with a drink of tea) – in Poland.
- The biscuits were roughly crushed using a potato masher – they do not want to be too small.
- Chocolate, butter and sugar are melted together and the biscuits are added.
- My mother would press this into a square or rectangular tin, which was well buttered and lined.
- This was then easy top cut up into small cubes or rectangles.
- You can make make this in a small (15 cm) circular, loose bottomed tin and pour a chocolate glaze or icing over this.
- With the given proportions it is easy to double-up etc to make a large cake or a two tiered cake.
- I had always thought of this as a Polish recipe but have read recently that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge had a similar one as one of their wedding cakes.
- Also I have read that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II enjoys this cake too.
- 180g biscuits
- 90g butter
- 180g dark and milk chocolate
- 2 tablespoons of cold water.
- Butter and line a small rectangle 27 x 18 cm tin.
- Crush half of the biscuits finely.
- Roughly crush the other half of the biscuits.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over some boiling water.
- Add the butter and mix.
- Add the water and mix
- Mix in the biscuits till they are all coated.
- Press into the prepared and flatten the top with a wooden spoon.
- Leave in a cool place or refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Crown Devon – Du Barry Cake Stand – 1930s.