This is a special recipe. My mother used to make it for our birthdays, and apart from being delicious it had the form of a funny hedgehog (“σκατζοχοιρος” in greek) with almonds for spines. But since in this case I wanted to cut it in equal and uniform slices in order to sell it in the “Torneig de Cistella Solidaria” I decided it is better to use a different form, easier to cut for selling. Does it really matter? It tastes the same, and it tastes great!!
- 500gr. biscuits – I used “galleta Maria” equivalent to greek “Πτι-μπερ”
- 250gr. dark chocolate
- 250gr. butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 2/3 cups of milk + 1/3 cups of cognac (or less)
- almonds for the decoration
- 200gr. chocolate
- 40-50gr. butter
1 Tablespoon of honey
- 2ooml of heavy cream
Melt the chocolate and let it cool down a bit. Beat together butter with sugar, add egg yolks and half of the liquid mix (milk+cognac) and then add slowly the melted chocolate.
Break biscuits in small pieces and add the other half of the liquid mix (milk + cognac). Add biscuits to the chocolate mix. (Note: it may seem that the liquid is too few for this “mountain” of biscuits. I think you can add more liquid but it doesn’t really matter, don’t worry too much about the biscuits getting enough moist or not)
Put in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Remove from fridge and give to the mixture the form you like (preferably a hedgehog form, see some ideas here). Meanwhile prepare the chocolate ganache, by heating the heavy cream (remove from heat just before boiling) and pouring it over the chocolate (broken in smaller pieces). Mix slowly until it becomes homogenous, then add the butter bit by bit in room temperature (*). Then cover your hedgehog with the ganache. Finally, add the almonds to form the spines.
(*) UPDATE: After having a couple of bad results with the original ganache with the honey, which was always very dense and grumpy, I changed the recipe to this new one that includes creme instead of honey. Here is a nice video explaining the process.
It was a huge success, and everyone who tried it loved it. Too bad I didn’t make more, so I could take some with me tomorrow for the people at the office, Boris will kill me! (especially if he sees the photographs).