How about something unusual and tasty which requires the minimum amount of preparation and no cooking? You’d be a fool not to.

Another recipe from the infallible Polpo Venetian cookbook.

Preparation time: 15 minutes plus chilling overnight
Cooking time: none
Makes: a lot
Skill level: easy


  • 4 egg yolks (medium free-range)
  • caster sugar – 160g
  • unsalted butter – at room temperature – 180g
  • cocoa powder – 100g
  • mixed nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios – 200g
  • dried fruit such as apricots, figs and prunes – roughly chopped – 150g
  • trifle sponge fingers (savoiardi) – broken into 5mm  pieces (ie small but not crumbs) – 200g
  • fine sea salt – a good pinch

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and then add the butter, cocoa powder and salt, beating all the time until you have a nice smooth creamy paste.

Mix in the fruit, nuts and broken sponge fingers. This takes longer than you might think.

Spoon onto a sheet of tin foil and roll into a sausage about 5cm wide.

Transfer to a piece of cling film, seal (like a sausage) and refrigerate overnight.

Slice into rounds and enjoy with a glass of dessert wine or a good strong coffee.

Verdict: Surprisingly rich but utterly moreish until you realise you’ve gone too far. Other chocolate delights to consider are ChocChip™ Cookies or Chocolate & Honey Meringues.

Drink: As said, a glass of dessert wine or a good strong coffee.

Entertainment: Currently (slowly) working our way through a ‘Sapphire and Steel’ boxset.

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1 Comment

  1. And so the chocolaty, biscuity treats that I missed roll on….

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