Okay, today I have a quirky little slice bar recipe for your snacking pleasure, it’s a nostalgic one for me, one from my childhood- many moons ago! But, I felt it needed a bit of love, so I have pimped it up to make it ‘extra’ for you (isn’t that what the cool kids say now?) This slice bar recipe is a bit of a Frankenstein, but it’s my beautiful Frankenstein made with chocolately love, and while it isn’t the prettiest confection in my repertoire, I promise it hits all your choccy cravin’ buttons! My husband affectionately named this lil’ beastie “The RoughHog” Slice, and yes, for those baking aficionados among you, it is loosely based on a very old slice bar recipe for hedgehog slice. Aren’t you the clever one?
Also, for those of you who are new here, I should mention that my recipes always come with a bonus, (if you stay to the end! 😉) Each week, I lovingly tailor a Weekly Tarot/Oracle Reading to help you in your daily life navigate your week, cos this is a hybrid blog and I want to offer you the true ‘Fortune Cafe’ experience, so feel free to skip ahead if you only need that, but, it is my desire to offer you both, so enjoy!
The Rough Hog Slice
Need chocolate? Need it in sneaky, snacky size? I’ve got you covered. This is one slice bar recipe that is 100% chunky, has three types of chocolate, (go hard, or go home- I say!) and is well, ugly- but so so good. It has coconut, it has walnuts, it has chocolate chips AND rich fudgy, choc frosting, and well sometimes you need a little splurge here and there, because Life…
You DO need to give this slice bar recipe a bit of an arm workout to make it (especially the making of the frosting), plus patience in waiting for it to set in the fridge, but the mini workout will justify your indulging, I figure, so win-win! You could also employ the kidlets to help through some stages as this is a no-bake slice bar recipe, but it does require a food processor and stove top, so supervision throughout would be recommended during those steps.😉
Feel free to omit the nuts if someone in your fam is allergic too, it’s no biggy.
The RoughHog Slice
Ingredients and Equipment:
(Makes 20 generous servings Approx)
- 125g Unsalted Butter
- 125g Granulated Sugar
- 2 Level Tablespoons Shredded Coconut
- 1 Level Tablespoon Cocoa (I use a Dutch-processed brand)
- 1 Beaten Free Range Egg
- 250g crushed Marie Biscuits (1 packet)
- ¾ cup chopped Walnuts (optional)
- ½ cup of milk chocolate chips
- ½ cup of white chocolate chips
- Food Processor
- 9 x 13-inch baking tray, sprayed with cooking spray and lined with baking paper
- Mixing bowls
- Strong Mixing Spoon
- Mesh Sifter
Topping/Chocolate Soft Icing
(You may need to triple this amount, for this slice- see note)
- 1 Dessertspoon Cocoa
- 1 Tablespoon Boiling Water
- 125g Icing /Confectioners Sugar (sifted)
- 4 drops Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup milk (may be needed, if you are making a larger quantity)
Please Note: This recipe makes 1 quantity of Chocolate Soft Icing, for a slice in 9 x 13-inch pan, I had to triple this amount, just so you know.
- ⅓ cup extra milk chocolate chips for topping
- ⅓ cup extra white chocolate chips for topping
- Prepare/grease baking tray, and line with baking paper (Cut the baking paper longer than the tray, to form excess ‘handles’ for easy removal later). Use your Food Processor to crush the biscuits for the base of the slice. Place aside in a mixing bowl.
- Combine butter, sugar, coconut and cocoa in saucepan. Cook 2 minutes on medium to low heat. Cool slightly.
- Once cooled, add beaten egg, stir and remove chocolate mixture from saucepan into the mixing bowl with the biscuits. Add walnuts (if using). Stir well to make a good consistency.
- Add the milk and white chocolate chips to the base mixture, stirring well until all combined. The chips will melt in, that’s ok, don’t worry. Place/pour mixture into the greased baking tray and press down firmly to fill the tray, using the back of a fork to compress base into all the corners and tray, evenly.
- Add extra milk and white chocolate chips to top of slice. Sprinkle chips evenly. Place in fridge to set. The chips will still be loose, that’s ok. The icing will bring it all together. The slice can be iced when cold and firm. After icing, set in fridge again to firm everything together, then it will be fully combined.
To Make Icing
- Blend 1 dessertspoon cocoa with 1 tablespoon boiling water, adding water gradually. Then stir chocolate mixture into icing sugar together, in a fresh clean mixing bowl. Add 4 drops of vanilla extract and a little more water, if necessary. Also, if making a triple quantity like I did, I added ¼ cup of milk to help combine the icing, as I stirred, because it does take a bit of elbow grease to come together, but believe me it’s worth the effort when it does!
- Once icing is fully combined, and you have the quantity you want, pour over set slice with a strong spatula, taking care to spread it evenly into all the corners of the baking tray. The chocolate chip topping layer will be moved around once you begin to layer on the icing, just even it out and adjust as you go, it will settle down and harden as the icing sets in the fridge. That’s it!
Weekly General Tarot Reading
What do we need to focus on this week, to move forward?
1. The Hierophant
2. King of Earth (Pentacles)
3. 6 of Air (Swords)
As you can see from the cards above, this week’s reading is an interesting one. This 3-card reading for this week covers some helpful advice for us all to embrace during a lot going on in the world!
The Hierophant is a powerful card to start off with this week, as it is a Major Arcana card, which usually talk about larger Universal energies at play around us. As such, The Hierophant is asking us to be true to our principles or perhaps spiritual beliefs. It usually displays disipline and conformity in a very strict sense. It also covers higher learning and the seeking of traditional education and following and complying with our authority figures. In a modern setting, this can be seen as a negative, conformity and unyeilding devotion to a group of a certain strict belief and structure can seem outdated and archaic not to mention harsh by our sensitivities today, but sometimes it has its place.
There are rules and traditions for a reason, for the greater good, or for a required outcome. These rules aren’t always easy and usually require a lot of discipline and blind faith in authorities that these rules serve a purpose, even if we don’t fully comprehend why. This week, (and perhaps this is still being enforced around the world) especially where I live, the rules regarding social conduct have reached an intense level, due to increasing numbers of the pandemic affecting us all, right now. We are being asked to conform for the greater good of the whole. This isn’t easy for anyone, and has its own manifestations of discomfort for us all, but the rules demand we comply. This card this week, advises that we do indeed, follow the rules, so to speak. It’s not necessarily easy or desired but promises protection if we can put our faith in a higher authority and do our duty.
I guess that is fairly straight forward, but I wanted to stress the point anyway. Moving onto the second card, The King of Earth (Pentacles) is another very interesting card this week, being a Court Card, it can represent a person in our lives, ourselves or a current situation.
This week, in your own daily life, you may feel the need to reach out to a male authority figure (can be a woman as well that displays these characteristics) for advice or support. This King is more pragmatic and results driven. He is not an emotional being but can be generous if he feels you are hard-working and responsible. If you need assistance from him, appeal to his practical side and you will more likely get the support you need. Facts and figures and a down to earth approach can assist you here.
If this doesn’t resonate with you, perhaps it is YOU who will be the King in your individual situation, and called to help others with practical advice? Alternatively, you may need to be grounded and sensible in your approach to situations this week for your greatest success. See how the energies play out for you this week and keep these characteristics in mind, to see how they can benefit you in your daily life.
We close the week out with the 6 of Air (Swords) card. This card traditionally refers to the act of leaving a situation that was painful, difficult or challenging behind, so that a brighter future can be experienced. It is about severing that from our lives that no longer serves us, so we can move on without the burdens of the past. It isn’t a joyful card, initially, as it usually refers to painful but necessary endings, but the card’s greater message speaks of hope.
Sometimes, in life, we have to make room in our lives for the things we want, by sacrificing or leaving behind something (or someone) that now, no longer serves us. This isn’t always easy, and can be very painful, but this card speaks of a situation that cannot continue any longer, for the price to hold on to it, is now too much to endure and will definitely result in more pain that one may not recover from. It isn’t all bad though, so take heart. If we have the courage to move foward, this card promises a ‘calm after the storm’ and letting go and trusting your Higher Self is the key, here.
This may mean that you have to let something go this week, it could also be the loss of something, sometimes we have to make adjustments for something fresh and new to start! Clear out the clutter, but be gentle with yourself as you do – this week and in the near future, as you embrace your brighter horizon, and “let go” of the past that no longer should be holding you back.
Stride bravely and brightly into the future, Divine Ones!!
Until next time! Hope that helps! xx
Brightest Blessings in Crumbs and Fortunes,
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