I love baking, but don't do that much of it, because unless it's an occasion or I'm having people around, I tend to eat most of the goods. So when the Great SA Bakeoff asked me to bake one of the show's recent desserts, the Chocolate Butterscotch Fridge Tart, which contestant Carol made last week, I was super keen (though I'm sure my dietitian might not have been). If you're not watching the show, you can find it on Tuesdays on DStv BBC Lifestyle (174) at 8pm.
This challenge was simply a fun one – there's no prize in it, and I wasn't being pitted against anyone, though several food bloggers will also be baking other dishes over the next few weeks.
The tart recipe is a fairly basic one to follow, and I think it's delicious and "fancy" enough to bookmark it for an occasion dessert, even for Christmas lunch.
A few notes about the recipe:
– Instead of making the whole biscuit base, I "cheated" and processed a box of mint Romany Creams with some melted butter, baked it at 200C for about six minutes, and used it as a base. Remember that saying, "Aint nobody got time for that?". Well, that's what I thought, and this biscuit base worked perfectly.
– I ommitted the bananas as I'm not a huge fan of bananas in desserts
– I was asked to add a Christmas tone to the dish, and the only thing I could think of was sprinkling crushed Peppermint Crisp on top of the tart, instead of dark chocolate.
Here's the recipe:
And here's the "cheat" base…
And the final dessert (my presentation wasn't vaguely competitor worthy, but the taste was sensational)…