I like to think of this recipe as a cheat’s version of Christmas fruitcake. Traditional fruitcake, tasty and delicious as it is, often requires a multitude of ingredients and takes a good few hours to bake. The process is often long and time-consuming.
But it’s worth the time and effort involved. There’s nothing quite like rich, moist Christmas fruitcake – especially if it’s got a thick layer of pure white fondant on top. The smell of your house when it’s baking – the citrus-y, spicy smell of Christmas. Nothing quite beats that. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, folks.
However, here in Australia, Christmastime is smack bang in the middle of summer. The days are long and the heat is stifling, with the cool change often not appearing before dinnertime. We struggle to keep our house cool as it is, so the thought of having an oven turned on for at least 2-3 hours does not sound appealing to me in the slightest.
Insert these chocolate fruit bars. They’re like Christmas fruitcake – almost – but they’re easier to make, have a quick baking time and they’re chocolate. The bars are rich and satisfying and they remind me of Christmas.
I like to bake these bars, package them up nicely and gift them to friends at Christmas, so they’d made a sweet (literally) gift too.
Adapted from bestrecipes.com.au.