Brill tiffin

Another cafe that I visit regularly on Exmouth Market is Brill. It’s a small, independent music shop with a few tables and chairs, good coffee and bagels freshly toasted and prepeared to order (I can recommend smoked salmon and gherkin – not a combo listed on their board but one from my personal repertoire). I popped in one day after having already eaten lunch but with a longing for something to satisfy my sweet tooth and I picked up a tiffin.

You may find it hard to believe but I’d never come across a tiffin before so after devouring it I set about googling how to make them. Apparently they’re also known as refrigerator cakes and as the name may suggest, don’t require any cooking at all. I decided that tiffin making would be my mission for this evening. I’m going to Winchester tomorrow to celebrate my friends birthday and thought tiffin would make a good birthday cake substitute.

Here is the finished article…I dare you not to drool….

It was incredibly easy to make and they can be tailored very easily to your individual tastes.

This version contained

125g ginger nut biscuits

125g rich tea biscuits

50g mixed raisins

50g dried apricots roughly chopped

50g walnuts

100g butter

25g soft brown sugar

3tbsp cocoa powder

4tbsp golden syrup.

Oh and as if that isn’t naughty enough….approx 200g melted chocolate to pour over the top.

Crush the biscuits roughly but so they are still quite chunky, I just used my hands, no rolling pins required. Add the fruit and nuts of choice.

Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together and add the cocoa. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is coated with chocolatey goodness. Pour into a tin (I lined mine with greasproof paper to minimise on mess), even out, pour over the melted chocolate and put in the fridge for 1 hour.

It really is as easy as that! Once set use a sharp knife to slice into squares and then enjoy!

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