We all have a little kid inside of us (no I’m not pregnant) and for me this recipe, which is barely a recipe at all brings out the inner child in me in all its childish glory. I actually filched it from my old flat mate in college, Anita, and despite the fact that this was long after I made the proverbial jump from childhood to young adulthood (where I will henceforth remain) it nevertheless has stuck with me. Anita used to make these in the actual tin of condensed milk and I remember it oozing out over the side of the tin and all over her fingers as she stirred in the Digestive Biscuit crumbs. She made them every weekend that we were stuck in the University theatre rehearsing and as for myself (Auntie Annie) I would bake off something new and chocolatey. Pour Anita never stood a chance at getting anywhere near the oven with all my cooking for bake sales and classmates birthdays.
I won’t suggest that you should go and serve these at a fancy dinner party but for fun treat at parties, sporting events or cake sales, these are really simple- especially for baking phobics! Don thinks that they should be served with a dipping bowl of dark chocolate- which I haven’t tried but I can’t help but think that this is a marvelous idea. If you’re afraid of getting your hands dirty then take a seat and find somebody to make them for you- because you don’t want to miss out.
Difficulty: Easy as pie
This is one of the few really tacky recipes that I really enjoy and am willing to share. Simple and quick- these are great to make with kids or just with the kid-in-you. If you live state-side and can’t find Digestive biscuits you can use an oat cookie or if you must, graham crackers (though I find these a little sweet).
600g/ 1 lb 5 oz (about 40) Digestive biscuits
1 tin Condensed milk
24 Large marshmallows
85g/3 oz shredded coconut, lightly toasted
1/ Either blitz the digestives in a food processor to make crumbs or place in a heavy duty bag and bash with a rolling pin or meat mallet.
2/ In a bowl mix together the condensed milk and biscuit crumbs. Wrap biscuit mixture thinly around each the individual marshmallows and roll into balls. Note that it is easier to do this with wet hands.
3/ Roll the balls in the coconut to coat and chill until serving.