When I'm asked to describe my style of cooking I always struggle as it's a bit of a mish mash of everything. However if there is a particular area of speciality it's probably 'Quirky Scottish' or 'Scottish with a Twist'. Today's recipe definitely falls into that category. Surprisingly there's no Irn Bru or Tunnock's Teacakes involved but instead a culinary pun on a Scottish classic. Chocolate Haggis.
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.
This one will mess with your mind - it looks savoury but is infact sweet. I took inspiration from the Italian concept of Chocolate Salami but by switching out ingredients for Shortbread and Whisky and shortening and fattening up the shape we get ourselves a Haggis! Perfect for those who are a wee bit squeamish about eating the real thing or are just too lazy to go out and hunt one down in the wild. The end result is a very decadent no bake fridge cake. Seriously rich and just a touch boozy.
A note on the raw egg issue. The current advice in the UK from the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food is that British eggs with the red "lion" brand carry such a low risk that vulnerable groups can safely eat them.
Chocolate Haggis! (aka Shortbread & Whisky Fridge Cake)
3 Tbsp Scotch Whisky
100g Cocoa Powder
1 Free Range Egg
100g Caster Sugar
50g Mixed Nuts, chopped
Icing Sugar to dust
Place the sultanas and whisky in a small bowl and leave to soak whilst you prepare the remaining ingredients.
Melt the butter in a pan, then sieve in the cocoa powder and stir until you have a smooth paste.
In a separate bowl whisk the sugar and egg together until pale and creamy.
Place the shortbread in a ziplock bag and bash it with a rolling pin. You want a mixture of chunks and crumbs.
Combine the chocolate mix with the sugar/egg mix and stir in the shortbread, chopped mixed nuts and the whisky soaked sultanas, plus any remaining Whisky.
Lay out a double thickness of clingfilm and tip the chocolate mixture out onto it forming a haggis shape.
Roll up and continue to manipulate into shape tying a knot at each end of the clingfilm
Chill in the fridge overnight to set.
Remove the clingfilm and rub the outside with icing sugar.
Slice and enjoy with a dram.
Edited to add 26/01/17
Wow! I was so chuffed to see so many folk making and eating Chocolate Haggis yesterday for Burns Night. Please do keep tagging me in your photos and sharing you adaptations.
Photo credits from top left in a clockwise direction...
- @islandbakeclub Thanks @foodiequine for the recipe, which I tweaked to include #lassiestoast. @RockRoseGin check out tonight's sweet haggis #BurnsNight2017
- Ann McLean What a fantastic recipe! Made it on Sunday and it's been in the fridge since then. Came out slightly misshapen but tastes great - thanks! I've had 3 bits and the Auchentoshan single malt in the sultanas has my eyes crossing. It's totally sinful and delicious!
- Lisa Williams Chocolate haggis minus the whisky and egg!! We used golden syrup instead of whisky, egg and sugar
- @eskerspirits What do you make your friend for her Burns' Night birthday tea? Yep, chocolate & shortbread haggis. Thanks for (another) amazing recipe @foodiequine
- My original
- @jumpergill Last night I tried out @foodiequine's Chocolate Haggis, with a minor adjustment to make it gluten free. It certainly looks the part, let's see how well it goes down with the #haggiscrew
- Lisa Williams
- My seasonal Haggis logo by Mimi Hammill
Thanks to the Second Stonehaven Brownies for telling me that a Chocolate Haggis (Without the whisky!) is their Burns tradition served with orange jelly 'neeps' ice cream 'mashed tatties ' and of course washed down with a dram of Irn Bru!!! Much more popular than the savoury original!!!
Thanks also to The Scotsman Food & Drink for helping to spread the Chocolate Haggis love.
Some more of my Quirky Scottish Recipes that may well have Rabbie turning in his grave...
- Irn Bru Pulled Pork
- Tunnock's Teacake Rocky Road
- Haggis Scotch Eggs
- Moules Ecosse
- Shortbread Kilts
- Meatball Thistles
- Irn Bru Ham
- Haggis, Neeps & Tatties Soup
- Scottish S'Mores
- Haggis Tattie Scones & Haggis Oatcakes
- Scotch Beef & Haggis Meatloaf with Whisky Neeps
- Haggis & Black Pudding Puddocks in the Hole
- Scotch Lamb & Haggis Shepherds Pie
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