Baking

Ingredients
  • 500 g (1 lb) plain dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 125 g (4 oz) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 100 g (3½ oz) digestive biscuits, roughly crushed
  • 100 g (3½ oz) dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 50 g (2 oz) dried cranberries
  • 50 g (2 oz) hazelnuts, toasted
  • 50 g (2 oz) almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
  • icing sugar, for dusting (optional)
Directions

Grease a 17 x 23 cm (7 x 9 inch) rectangular cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water) and stir over a low heat until melted. Stir in all the remaining ingredients.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Press well into the base and sides of the tin and smooth the surface with a palette knife.

Cover with foil and chill for 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Carefully work round the edges of the cake with the palette knife and unmould on to a board, removing the paper from the base. Dust with icing sugar, if wished, and serve in thin fingers.

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