How to Make a Hedgehog Out of Flour, Water, Cocoa and Salt

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How to Make a Hedgehog Out of Flour, Water, Cocoa and Salt
The original hedgehog (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

There are two types of "hedgehogs" you can make using flour, water, cocoa powder and salt. One is an Australian dessert known as a "Chocolate Hedgehog." The other is a non-edible hedgehog, using the ingredients to make a play dough. Try your hand at both versions.

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Things you need

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Whisk
  • Saucepan
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 0.227kg. plain tea cookies, crumbled
  • Baking pan
  • Waxed paper
  • Spatula
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Bowl
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Slivered almonds or dry spaghetti broken into 1" lengths
  • 2 whole cloves

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    Chocolate Hedgehog

  1. 1

    Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking to combine and prevent the butter from burning.

  2. 2

    Remove the butter mixture from the heat and allow it to cool completely.

  3. 3

    Whisk the egg, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of flour into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Fold in the crumbled cookies.

  4. 4

    Line a baking pan with waxed paper. Spread the hedgehog mixture into the pan and smooth the top flat with a spatula. Chill the pan in the refrigerator for two hours or until set.

  5. 5

    Combine 2 cups of icing sugar, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 1 tbsp of melted butter and 1/4 cup of warm water in a bowl and whisk to form a thick paste for the icing.

  6. 6

    Spread the chocolate icing over the "hedgehog" in the baking pan. Cut into square or rectangular pieces and serve.

    Moulded Hedgehog

  1. 1

    Mix together 1-1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup of salt and 3/4 cup of warm water in a bowl until a soft dough forms; add more flour if necessary.

  2. 2

    Shape the dough into an oval shape. Flatten the bottom portion of the oval on a table or other flat surface.

  3. 3

    Insert slivered almonds or spaghetti pieces into the back of the oval to completely cover it with "hedgehog spines."

  4. 4

    Pierce the front of the oval with two whole cloves to make the eyes of the hedgehog.

  5. 5

    Let the salt dough hedgehog harden overnight.

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