This recipe is as a result of tinkering around in the kitchen and trying to piece together some of my favourite things… Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails. Thankfully this worked out really well, as otherwise I wouldn’t have anything to put up this week! These lovely Chocolate Rum Raisin Squares are a lovely rich treat that are perfect for the holiday season with the nice warming kick from the boozy rum raisins. This is kind of like a cross between chocolate biscuit cake, millionaires shortbread and anything that contains rum raisin. I actually soaked my raisins for 5 days before using them but 2 or 3 days would probably do fine, the longer you leave them the more rum the raisins will absorb and so the plumper and juicier they will be!
This is are incredibly easy chocolate cake recipe to make, if you’re going to make these chocolate squares for a specific event then I suggest making them the night before so the melted chocolate has time to set. These would make a really nice gift for someone over Christmas… that is if you don’t eat them all first!
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark rum
175g soft dark brown sugar
280g plain / cream flour
200g dark chocolate (75% cocoa)
200g milk chocolate
- Pop the raisins in a jar, pour in the rum and put on the lid. Let it soak for a few days so it the raisins absorb all the rum. You can give the jar a shake every now and then to ensure the rum is evenly distributed.
- To make the base mix together the flour, sugar and butter with an electric mixer until you achieve a bread crumb consistency, mix in half of the raisins and then pat down the crumbs into a greased and lined brownie tin (around 8 x 12 inches).
- Bake in an oven preheated to 180C for 20-25 minutes.
- Break the chocolate into little pieces and melt over a very low heat in a heavy bottomed pot, stirring until smooth, then take off the heat.
- Sprinkle the remaining raisins over the biscuit base, and then pour the chocolate oven the raisins. Make sure the whole surface is evenly coated in chocolate and then pop into the fridge for a few hours until the chocolate it set. Then cut into squares and enjoy!