So after coming across this recipe last week and posting on my personal FB page, it obviously brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people!
So come the weekend it was only right that our family knocked up a quick batch – just to show our kids, when it came to deserts this was about as good as it got for us back in the 70’s and 80’s!
When I look back at Primary school very few of the meal time options stick in my head! Bendy dry chips, pretend packet ham or spam, lumpy gravy, (I still can’t face gravy!) and of course, this beautiful block of pure sugar sprinkled awesomeness – chocolate concrete cake!
As kids this would be the first thing we looked for when entering the dinner hall in school!
This rock hard chocolate cake/biscuit was THE absolute highlight of mine and my mate’s week! Mixed amongst the smell of rancid veg and spam would be the unmistakable aroma of the chocolate brick!
At our school we had the offering of plain, chocolate, or strawberry custard, but some of you posh types apparently had mint custard?
Memories of trying to break through this stuff with school cutlery, and ending up firing the damn stuff across the table were all too regular!
So, what do you need in the cupboard to relive your childhood memories? Well it’s really simple, 4 ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need!
200g Plain flower
200g Granulated sugar
50g Cocoa (not hot chocolate!)
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar and cocoa. Melt the butter (we used the microwave), then add it to the mixing bowl.
Using your fingers, mix it all together until it has a crumbly biscuity consistency. Grease your tin and pour the mixture into it (we used a round 7 inch wide by 1.5 inch deep tin).
Pat the mixture down so it compacts and throw it in the oven for 20 minutes.
When it comes out, sprinkle with a little sugar – simple!
If you like it soft then feel free to eat it warm, however if you want the full Primary school experience then let it cool and harden off. I went 1 step further and put mine in the freezer for an hour as I happen to like rock hard cold biscuits – yer weird!
This recipe is true to its originator, the smell, the texture and the taste all go together to make you feel like a 9-year-old again – except nowadays I’m eating it with my fingers as I’m taking no chances of firing it across the table to either my wife or kids! I’d never get it back!
The only thing I can actually add Is I actually came up with a way of making this awesome brick even better (In my eyes at least!) and that was to spread natural peanut over it! If your addicted to peanut butter like me then I’m saying no more 🙂
If you’ve enjoyed this article or tried the recipe and enjoyed it then PLEASE leave me a comment below! And even if you hate chocolate concrete cake, let me know anyway, and I can offer you some counselling – you weirdo!