Or truffles if you prefer…..
If pancakes were the childhood staple sweet treat there was one that stood head and shoulders above all others. With an ingredient list that hardly inspired yet a name that spoke of something more exotic these coconut covered balls of chocolate and oats were simply untouchable. I always called them chocolate logs, never truffles. Truffles seemed to be a grown up word that was illogical to the mind of a child for whom chocolate defined the greatest of pleasures. I loved the nights we stayed at my Gran’s; supper of chopped ham and pork sandwiches, scones and pancakes all washed down with Quosh was enough to constitute excitement in the eighties. Possibly even accompanied by Val Doonican. However the highlight of it all was the brown offering always left until last on the plate. Even now when I bite into these I get a wave of nostalgia for strong tea, black and white TV and a night sleeping on the sofa. Memories are filled with flavour and these little morsels never fail.
8 tbsp Oats
6 tbsp Desiccated coconut plus extra for rolling
2tbsp Drinking Chocolate
2 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
1. Melt the butter, sugar and milk in a pan;
2. In a mixing bowl add the heated mixture to the dry ingredients;
3. Roll into golfball size balls then roll in the remaining coconut and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
Note: My Gran always used margarine which made the chocolate logs easier to handle but I prefer butter which requires a little more effort to hold them together.