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Saturday, March 13, 2010

It's a rocky road to brownie town


In the white marshmallow corner, William Dreyer, one of the founders of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Holding. In the pink marshmallow corner, George Farren of Fenton's Creamery.

Which of these likely lads actually invented rocky road ice cream? Dreyerists believe he created it in March 1929 by adding walnuts (later almonds) to his chocolate ice cream, then chopping up some marshmallows with his wife's sewing scissors and mixing them in too. Farrenists don't seem to have such a touching tale to back up their claims, but I'm inclined to believe them anyway as it is very difficult to believe a seemingly intelligent man who is capable of running a successful ice creamery would be foolish enough to cut up marshmallow using his wife's good sewing scissors.

Limited reading on the topic reveals the rocky road candy bar was later invented, but according to the candy bar makers it has nothing to do with the ice cream. Yes, just a kooky coincidence. I have not had one of these apparently very popular US candy bars, but I can barely contain my enthusiasm after reading on the Annabelle Candy website that it "literally melts in your mouth".

Of course, us Aussies have our own tweaked version of rocky road which generally contains most or all of the following: chocolate, glace cherries, nuts, desiccated coconut, Turkish delight and marshmallows. I pity anyone who tries to make it following Wikipedia's claim that Australian rocky road also contains "jelly (jell-o in US English)".

The Conor version may not contain jelly or Turkish delight, but it does contain brownie.


Rocky Road Brownie Slice

Recipe ripped out of a crappy women's magazine years ago at the gym. How ironic.

Makes 35

Ingredients
Slice
150 g dark chocolate, chopped
125 g butter, chopped
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup plain flour, sifted
1/4 cup self-raising flour, sifted

Rocky Road
125 g mixed marshmallows, roughly chopped
1/2 cup glace cherries, halved
1/2 cup mixed unsalted nuts, roughly chopped
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
500 g milk chocolate, chopped

Method
1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and line an 18 x 28 cm slice pan, extending paper 2cm above edge of pan.
2. Combine dark chocolate and butter in small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes.

Peek-a-boo, I see you!

3. Stir sugar and egg well through the chocolate mix, then fold in the flour. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until firm. Cool to room temperature.
4. Melt milk chocolate until smooth, then stir the marshmallows, cherries, nuts and coconut through it.
5. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over brownie base. Chill for 1 hour until firm.

Seconds later, all was quiet except for a strange bowl-licking sound

6. Cut into squares (I cut it into 5x7 to get 35 square-ish pieces) with a sharp knife (the recipe says to use a hot knife but I don't bother).
7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to devour.

39 comments:

MaryMoh March 14, 2010 at 4:47 AM  

What a beautiful Rocky road slice on brownies! I love it.

Hannah March 14, 2010 at 6:00 AM  

Um, yes please. Particularly as you left out the Turkish delight, which I can't stand. Let's hear it for delicious textural contrasts!

Mark @ Cafe Campana March 14, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

Wonderfully decedent. I can practically feel the calories amassing on my gut. I think this would be a good one to make, keep a few slices for myself and then feed it to workmates.

Panamahat March 14, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

I don't normally like rocky road, but you can bet I would like this one! If I was eating chocolate. Which I am not at the moment. Can you believe I have made it to three months without that essential food group?? 2 months to go... (No easter eggs for moi this year). I will likely go into a diabetic coma on my birthday when I finally break the drought and consume far too much cake etc.

Food lover March 14, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

oh my god! they look so gooey and yummy!!!

Trissa March 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

Of all the weird places to find a fantastic recipe in the gym! Of all the versions of rocky road - this one with the brownie is the best.

Jo - SecondHelping March 14, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

Australians using "jell-o"??!! Have to hand to to Wikipedia, it does make for entertaining reading at times.

I've never made rocky road atop brownie slice before, but its a damn good idea and would make it easier to hold. Looks great too.

I can almost hear the strange bowl licking noise....

Amy @ cookbookmaniac March 14, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

"Recipe ripped out of a crappy women's magazine years ago at the gym" LOL! That rocky road looks so good I think its playing the guitar and singing to me!

Anita March 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

Best of both worlds! or recipes. What a great idea. I wouldn't be able to stop myself licking the bowl

Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 14, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

MaryMoh - thank you! I think I may have mentioned this slice in a comment on your blog before, so here it is :)

Hannah - Oh dear, you don't like Turkish delight? And I really thought we could be good friends! Dang... More seriously though, I wish I could send you some to help your poor toe's recovery :(

Mark @ Cafe Campana - oh yes, feel the delicious calories, mmmmmm. Hehe, I fed most of this to my uni colleagues. It was received VERY favourably!

Panamahat - Wow, I am very impressed. Not even a Humpty at easter? You will have to be very careful when you break the drought if you're anything like me. When faced with piles of delicious chocolate, I can't stop myself even when my brain is saying "stop stop you feel horribly ill" my hands keep feeding my mouth.

Food lover - thank you! :)

Trissa - I know, and I felt really guilty tearing it out of the magazine but then I figured I was doing everyone else a favour by helping them achieve their weightloss goals more easily.

Jo - SecondHelping - Oh Wikipedia, how you frustrate me, though at least I haven't had a student reference it in a paper for a while thank god! I think the brownie layer makes it a little _too_ easy to hold, if you know what I mean ;)

Amy @ cookbookmaniac - haha! With its little nutty hands and marshmallow mouth. In fact, the second last photo has some pink marshmallow lips!

Anita - I didn't stand a chance against my housemate with the bowl :)

Emma @CakeMistress March 14, 2010 at 4:17 PM  

It came from a gym magazine? Love your work, Conor :)
These look like the best of two very delicious worlds.

vickys March 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

Oh my, can I invite myself over for a a night of footy and rocky road? I'd watch footy JUST for that. MMM. I do love mine wit turkish delight though, but it';s such a girl thing. hahaha. :) Supremely decadent!

Julia @Mélanger March 14, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

All my favourite things rolled into one bite-sized delight. Wonderful. Wonderful. Loving the brownie base. :)

Simply Life March 14, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

WOW! Can I have one PLEASE?!

Evelyne @ CheapEthnicEatz March 14, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

Aw I like Turkish delights. Still they look awesome without them ;-)

croquecamille March 15, 2010 at 1:37 AM  

I'm a bit of a rocky road purist - marshmallows, almonds, and maybe chocolate chips. That said, I love the idea of putting it in brownie form! I used to make a rocky road cupcake that was awesome, and now I want one.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella March 15, 2010 at 1:37 AM  

LOL I love that line about finding the recipe at the gym. If I were to go to the gym, I'd probably set the tv onto the food channel or something equally as perverse :P

Karen Harris March 15, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

These look wonderful. I love how pretty they are.

Belle@Ooh, Look March 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

Wow, you've certainly done your research (you should do some postgraduate study on the topic). I like any rocky road, but especially colourful ones like the one with pink marshmallow and lime green pistachios. Lovely!

5 Star Foodie March 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM  

The rocky road brownie slice looks amazing! I love the addition of glace cherries!

penny aka jeroxie March 15, 2010 at 7:36 PM  

Oh gosh! Can you please fly some over to me! seriously awesome. bookmarked it so that I make some and bribe people at work

Cakelaw March 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

OMG - this looks amazing! Love the brownie bottom.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 15, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

Emma @CakeMistress - It was just after the story about Susie Maroney. Or was it Shane Warne's missus? :D Thank you!

vickys - Sure! Oh yeah, footy season is almost here, woo! Bring on the sofa and pizza Friday nights :D Oh, with rocky road too of course. I LOVE Turkish Delight so perhaps I'll need to add some in next time, if it can last long enough near me to get inside it.

Julia @Mélanger - I know, isn't it just! Each mouthful has so many good things in it. Still doesn't stop you from going back for another though :) Thanks!

Simply Life - Yes yes you can! Oh if only we could actually share our cooking with each other. Still no magical teleporter...

Evelyne @ CheapEthnicEatz - Yeah me too, I think they aren't in the rocky road cos I ate them all too quickly. Thanks :)

croquecamille - ah, a purist, I can respect that. I could definitely dig a rocky road cupcake. Will have to make some soon I think!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella - Oh yes it's the best when I have been to a friend's gym that has individual TVs on the machines and you can watch the cooking shows on Foxtel! Next thing you know you've run 5 km and learnt how to make a tiramisu!

Karen Harris - Thank you. I was quite pleased with how photogenic they were :)

Belle@Ooh, Look - I know, I can get a bit carried away when I start to research something but I guess that's a good trait for someone in my position. Aren't pistachios just the coolest? They make everything look a bit fancier :)

5 Star Foodie - thank you! I'm a real sucker for glace cherries. Well, I'm a sucker for everything in this dish, let's be honest!

penny aka jeroxie - I wish I could! You're good with computer stuff, can't you invent a teleporter already? Awesome, I hope you make it, it is perfect bribing food :D

Cakelaw - thanks!! :D

Pam March 16, 2010 at 12:44 AM  

Wow - these look fantastic! My kids and husband would love, love, love these.

A cupcake or two March 16, 2010 at 4:19 AM  

How funny that you found this recipe at the gum of all places. Ahahhahaha. Love the combination of brownie and rocky road. Looks absolutely delicious.

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) March 16, 2010 at 3:28 PM  

Love your version of rocky road feat brownies!!! I really really wanted some.

mademoiselle délicieuse March 16, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

Woah, bowl-lickingly good indeed!

Caroline March 18, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

mmmmm.... don't happen to have any left-overs do you??

Stacy March 19, 2010 at 8:48 AM  

Wow, these look amazing! i wonder how long they lasted :)

Sarah Vino March 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

Looks delicious! I love the brownie/rocky road combo, never actually had it before, so thanks!!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite March 20, 2010 at 5:38 AM  

Rocky Road is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE! I have never heard of it with turkish delight in it (though I would like to try) but your version sounds PERFECT.

SK March 20, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

Looks so good . . but I know it's bad for me. :)

Simply Life March 20, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

p.s. I passed an award onto you yesterday! :)

Pierre March 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

never tasted such a thing but i think <i would love it :: cheers from city of lights !! Pierre

Hannah (a very foodly diary) March 20, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

Rocky road crossed with brownie: a match made in chocolate. I can not believe this combination has never crossed my mind.

Thanks so much for sharing your discovery and its fabulous result!

H :)

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com March 20, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

Conor, I'm so happy to have discovered your blog! You have a tremendous gift for cooking and baking. I'll surely be visiting and drooling/recreating these delicious meals and treats! Thanks!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 21, 2010 at 2:03 PM  

Pam - thank you! Although I don't know your family personally, I am confident that they would :) Please let me know if you make them!

A cupcake or two - I at least didn't find the recipe and immediately abandon my exercise to dash home and make them :D thanks!!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - thanks! Wish I could share them with you all. One day we will have the technology!

mademoiselle délicieuse - oh yes, that bowl hardly needed washing.

Caroline - Sadly you already know the answer to this. I did my best to make it up to you with coconut goodness :D

Stacy - thank you! They seem to have quite a short lifespan :D

Sarah Vino - thanks! It's a combination that could never really fail :)

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite - yep, separated at birth. More proof. Thanks!! :)

SK - well, they have the goodness of nuts in them at least!

Simply Life - you are too sweet

Pierre - thanks Pierre! I hope you would too!

Hannah (a very foodly diary) - mmmmmm match made in chocolate. I know, I had not thought of it before seeing the recipe either, but it's like a no-brainer! Thank you!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com - so glad to have found yours too!! I am totally loving the way that you combine ingredients and flavours, and am still dreaming of your coconut French toast. Thanks so much!

Agnes March 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

Rocky road brownie?! Genius! What will people think of next?!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 26, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

Agnes - well, I keep requesting a magical teleportation device from the ether, and it hasn't materialised yet. Perhaps that is what they'll think of next? I hope? Please? I want to be able to magically teleport your cooking to my hand.

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