Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that my oven has been broken for the last month (which clashes spectacularly with the return of the Great British Bake Off!), and that I am suffering extreme cake withdrawal. We’ve been looking around everywhere for inspiration for oven-less ‘baking’, and today I made tiffin.


It’s extremely moreish, though thankfully too rich to have more than one piece, and you can kid yourself that the fruit makes it healthy! Most importantly though, it’s something you can happily eat with your cup of tea whilst watching the Bake Off.

Ingredients (makes 12 pieces):
– 250g digestive biscuits
– 100g unsalted butter
– 150g golden syrup
– 150g milk chocolate
– 150g dark chocolate
– 175g dried fruit (use whatever you prefer – think raisins, cherries, apricots)
You will also need a 20cm square cake tin, lined with cling film

1. Place the biscuits in a bag and grab a rolling pin, then imagine your broken oven/homework/ex’s face/other and bash into small-ish pieces (think thumbnail sized).

2. Fill a pan with a few cm of water and bring to the boil, then place a heatproof bowl on top (this is called a bain marie). Melt together the butter, syrup, milk chocolate and 100g of the dark chocolate, putting the other 50g to one side. Stir occasionally to make sure the heat is distributed evenly.

3. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the broken biscuits and fruit. Place a second heatproof bowl over the pan and melt the remaining dark chocolate.

4. Spoon the tiffin mixture into the prepared tin, using the back of the spoon to evenly spread it, then drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the top.

5. Allow to cool, then place in the fridge for 1-2 hours until set. Use fingers to ‘clean’ the bowls.

6. Peel off the cling film, and cut into 12 pieces. Enjoy with a good cup of tea.



Tip: the easiest way to measure golden syrup is to put the whole tin on the scales and take note of its total weight. Run your spoon under a hot tap (this prevents the syrup from sticking as much), then take a spoonful at a time until the total weight has lessened by the amount you want.



  1. “Allow to cool, then place in the oven for 1-2 hours until set”! Don’t you mean fridge, I thought your oven was broken.


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