Anyone who’s driven north over Gladesville Bridge in Sydney has seen St Joseph’s College in Hunters’ Hill – it’s kinda hard to miss the sandstone buildings amongst the greenery.

The parents of Joey’s released a cook book earlier this year – Contende – to raise funds for the school. When I was told about it, I was expecting a little photocopied number with typos and the dreaded comic sans font.

How wrong I was:

It’s full of photos, recipes and stories from the parents of current and ex-students. It’s stunning. No wonder it took two years to put together.

No wonder it cost me $45.

It’s sadly sold out, but the word according to my peeps is that the parents are planning another book. Expect it some time in 2012.

The reason Contende’s getting a mention?

It was the only cook book in my house to have a recipe for Rocky Road.

Does that seem strange to you?

Maybe Rocky Road is above Margaret Fulton, Stephanie Alexander, Bill Granger, the ladies from the AWW Test Kitchen and the authors of all the other cook books we own.

Hurrah for Contende!

My plan for the Rocky Road was to make it as Christmas gifts for friends and colleagues – an idea courtesy of CSR’s Bake a Difference campaign.

Even though I had Contende and The Interwebs as references, I learned that you can just chuck in whatever takes your fancy: marshmallow, nuts, coconut, shortbread, snakes, frogs… whatever!

Just as long as there’s chocolate:

And it’s so easy if you use a big Pyrex jug to melt the chocolate (dark, milk or white — whatever takes your fancy) and then chuck the dry ingredients in.

Sidenote: why have I never melted chocolate in the microwave before?! Never again will I waste my efforts on melting the damn stuff on the stove!!

Mix, spread in a baking tray (I prefer to line the tray with cling wrap rather than foil), pop in the fridge for 2+ hours and it’s ready for chopping:

For the Christmas pressies, I bundled up some of each of the three flavours in cellophane and stuck the ingredients to a gift card:

I added some curling ribbon and kept them in the fridge until gift delivery. Noice!

Unfortunately, a colleague decided to do exactly the same thing, so my luffly work friends got two lots of Rocky Road for Christmas.

I’ve got 12 months to come up with a new option :)

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4 thoughts on “Contende Cook Book + my first ever Rocky Road

  1. I’ll take mine with jelly babies thanks.

    Ps, it looks delicious! :D

    Posted on 2 January 2011 at 10:43 am
    1. wait, i thought you didn’t like rocky road?!

      Posted on 2 January 2011 at 6:02 pm
  2. It’s the nuts that I don’t like in commercial rocky roads. Perhaps by replacing them with jelly babies it’d make it awesome.

    I don’t know though, it’s all guess work.

    Posted on 2 January 2011 at 8:44 pm
  3. I WANTS.
    i’ve never made rocky road – think i’ll have to give it a go some time.

    Posted on 6 January 2011 at 1:09 pm