This another one of those 70s Copha slices. I think they were popular because they didn’t need baking, made a large quantity and were quick and easy to make. All pretty good reasons when you think about it.
This recipe was published in the Woman’s Day in 1991 and uses a microwave to cook the rice. I think it would work even better if you cooked it in a rice cooker. I’d make sure I washed the rice before using it and I’d substitute cream for some of the water & milk. I think then you’d have a lovely creamy, chocolaty mix.
When my children were little I used to make a Chocolate Ripple Cake as the base for their birthday cakes. The recipe I made was the same as this one, but without the spice. The cake always taste good, although when I look back at the photos I can see that my decoration, while enthusiastic, could hardly be described as a work of art……
Mum saved this recipe from her bowling magazine, which published the same sort of down to earth recipes as the old PWMU Cookbooks that every woman had copy of back when I was growing up and every young cook, as I was back in the 1970s, was given. The cookbook was a fund raiser for the Presbyterian Womens Missionary Union and was full of recipes and useful hints. Along with everything else cookbooks have changed a lot since those days, but I still sometimes hunt through my copy for a good chutney or jam recipe.
After watching Mum entertain family and friends for years and years I guess I’ve picked up a lot of her habits. One of the things she always like to do was to have everything prepared before people arrived and I’ve followed in her footsteps particularly with desserts. That’s one of the reasons that this recipe appeals to me. It can be made the day before and then just taken out of the fridge when you need it – marvellous.