Chocolate x 2
Sometimes as a stay at home parent I feel like I’m getting off lightly, as Max put it this week, “Mummy works, Daddy parks” and I want to spoil my wife and let her know her boys appreciate her. Ideally this would be in the form of a long holiday somewhere hot but in reality the best way I know how is to cook up a storm in the kitchen.
It is said that you are what you eat and if that is true then me and Anna are a block of dark bitter chocolate. The ‘snap’ of chocolate is right up there on my Sounds I Like to Hear List, it means it’s time to cuddle up on the sofa and stop being a parent for a while. So this week I spiced up our Friday night in with two very naughty, decadent and lip smackingly good chocolatey treats.
Many a great recipe is discovered around the breakfast table flicking through the weekend newspapers and last week I saw a recipe for Bill Granger’s chocolate and hazelnut spread. There was a suitably delicious looking photo to accompany the recipe; Bill always gives good food porn. I can remember we used to watch his show on rainy days back in England whilst he sauntered in white linen and accessorized with sunshine and cute kids. I made a couple of time saving modifications to Bill’s offering to bring it to the table in approx. 5 mins and it still works a treat.
If you’re doing chocolate spread on sourdough you need something to wash it down with, right? In keeping with the chocolate theme I thought it only right to make the perfect hot chocolate. There are two types of hot chocolate; there is the powdered stuff which is perfectly good or there is the indulgent homemade kind that looks like ribbons of brown silk, sticks to the side of your mouth and tastes like heaven on earth in a mug……I chose the latter. Real hot chocolate warms you from the inside out.
Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread (1 Jar)
100g hazelnut meal
2 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 cup cream
150g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
You know when you find a recipe that contains butter, cream, sugar and chocolate that you’re onto a winner.
In a bowl mix the hazelnuts with the sugar. Add the cream and butter to a pan and warm on a low heat until it’s almost simmering. Remove from the heat and take great delight in stirring the chocolate through.
Add the hazelnut and the salt, and stir until well combined. Lick the spoon thoroughly. Spoon into a sterilised jar and set aside to cool. Cover and keep at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Best enjoyed on toasted sourdough with a bit more butter, why not?
Perfect Hot Chocolate (Serves 2)
450ml whole milk
70g 70% cocoa chocolate, finely chopped or grated
30g good-quality milk chocolate, finely chopped or grated
75ml single cream
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Warm about 150ml milk in a pan over a medium heat and stir in the chocolate. Continue to stir until the chocolate has melted into the milk, then whisk in the remaining milk and the cream. Continue to heat until the mixture is hot, but not boiling, then add the cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
Both recipes are best enjoyed on the sofa, under a blanket with a Ryan Gosling movie in the background for bonus husband points. Two very quick and easy recipes that are guaranteed to put a smile and a chocolate moustache on just about anyone’s face. What’s your chocolate-y treat? At the risk of getting into some murky territory, how do you say thank you to your other half?