The first time I ever had a Hedgehog slice was from my school’s canteen a.k.a the tuckshop (why it was called this, I don’t know). It was the best slice! The portion size was huge and generous. It was also full of chunks of biscuits in a yummy chocolate mixture with a hint of coconut. Since I left school, there has been no Hedgehog slice that measured up with the one I favoured from school. I have tried many recipes but they weren’t quite right, especially when it contains nuts and even sultanas! I do like nuts but the Hedgehog slice I loved didn’t have nuts… I came across this recipe last week and noticed that this recipe doesn’t use nuts but uses condensed milk. After sampling a piece tonight – I swear that this Hedgehog slice taste almost like the one from school.
2 x 250g packets of plain sweet biscuits eg Marie, Nice, Granita etc
250g unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
4 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
395g can sweetened condensed milk
200g milk cooking chocolate (or 100g milk cooking chocolate and 100g dark cooking chocolate)
Line a 18 x 28 cm slice tin with baking paper.
Place the biscuits into a large mixing bowl. Using the bottom end of the wooden spoon, ‘poke’ into the biscuits to break them up until you have a combination of fine crumbs and larger pieces.
Add cocoa powder and coconut to the crushed biscuits. Mix well.
In a saucepan, add condensed milk and butter (which has been cut into smaller pieces). Heat over a low heat, until the butter has melted and the ingredients have combined.
Pour the butter and condensed milk mixture into the biscuits mixture. Using a large metal spoon, stir until all the ingredients have combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared slice tin and using the back of a spoon flatten the surface.
Break the milk chocolate into squares and place it in a bowl to heat up in the microwave, until the chocolate has melted.
Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the slice and place the tray into the fridge for at least two hours, or until chilled and set.
Cut the slice into squares or fingers. You may find heating the knife blade may assist in the cutting of the slice.