- Dark Rum- 1.5 peg
- Dark chocolate – fourth of a slab (3″x1″)
- Cream – a dollop (could be replaced with butter too)
- Walnuts- coarsely chopped
- Biscuits – 6 pieces
Prep time: 10 mins + time for chilling
Cooking/baking: Not required
Grind the biscuits in the grinder and press it at the bottom of a quiche mould to form the base. I used leftover nankhatai and it worked fine. Chill.
While its chilling, melt the chocolate slab in the microwave at 80% for 2-3 mins.Add cream/butter and rum and quickly mix it in. Adding the rum makes the chocolate clump up so it would be a paste and not runny.
Take out the mould and spread the chocolate mixture with a spatula. Top with chopped walnuts. Chill.
Cut, eat, let me know if you liked it 🙂
The Story behind
My friend sent me a message from Mumbai saying he is finally sending over the liquor chocolates he had gotten for me from Prague through his roomie who was coming to Delhi. Now these chocolates were bought almost 6 months back and I was amazed the guy had kept them intact in his fridge. Very sage-like halo-imbibing feat must say! Anyway, I went and fetched my pack pronto, it had some books too that he had wanted me to read. I noticed however that both the chocolate packs had been violated at the extremities with their contents reduced to half. Sadly I asked my friend if this was how it was intended to be. He snapped “Of course not, they were factory packed and perfectly stored and transported. And my roomie is most trustworthy”. “Yaa right” I said. With a heavy heart, I assigned 2 of those chocolates for myself everyday – one before I head to work and one at bed time. They barely lasted a week. But my craving remained.
Like a girl possessed, I rummaged through my fridge to see what I had. There was a slab of dark chocolate brought in by a friend’s mom from Kerala. I hadn’t used it because I had never worked with chocolate before and somehow everyone made it seem very difficult. ‘Working with chocolate’ being a stand-alone phrase and all – very frou frou. Also, I had a huge pack of nankhatai biscuits I had purchased from my recent trip to Jama Masjid. The khatais were good but the pack was so big, they were kinda never-ending. Even my colleagues at office had stopped eating them (yeah I usually try stuffing them with the excesses – they are a hungry bunch). And then I had some walnuts also picked up from the JM walk, originally intended for a waldorf salad that never happened (forgot to buy apples :/). I wanted to do something with rum and the chocolate, rum balls is what my friend Kaajal (from Chef at Large) suggested, but I was too lazy to go out and fetch vanilla wafers. I did not have patience to bake either, wanted an instant post-meal dessert. So I picked up the easy bits of recipes for cheesecake and millionaire’s shortbread and walnut tarts and came up with this whatchamacallit dessert. I call it the Lazy tart, and it does not take more than 10 mins to prepare, if you discount the chilling time.