Chocolate x 2

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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.

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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

60g butter

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?

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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.

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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?

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  • MumOfFiveGirls

    think i’ll give that hot chocolate recipe a whirl tonight….hot chocolate, warm blanket and a re-run of midsomer murders followed by a a few hours of tour de france !!

    doesn’t answer your questions but I am too mesmerised by hot chocolate now !

    • daddownunder

      Your a fan of the cycling or hubbie sticks it on and hides the remote? I hope you got your chocolatey wish

      • MumOfFiveGirls

        I made the hot chocolate..sadly the girls got wind of what was going
        down so it was hot chocolates all round….and everyone loved it!
        I am not adverse to having to watch young men clad in lycra make their way
        through the French countryside (I would looooveee to live in a little
        French village oh la la!)….

        • Dad Down Under

          Glad you all enjoyed it – a nice little treat occasionally.

          I prefer the countryside to the lycra but that’s just me.

  • Jessi Glauser

    I love real hot chocolate!Whenever it rains the kids come running telling me I promised to ALWAYS make hot chocolate on rainy days,which I did!They reach right for the pot to stick on the stove,and I always have some chocolate in the back of the fridge for that purpose!I am going to make that spread this week though..yum!

    • daddownunder

      The spread is seriously good Jessi, nice little gift too I think. How good are childrens memories when it comes to promises, they don’t miss a trick do they?

  • http://circleoftoast.blogspot.com.au/ Circle of Toast

    Looks delicious – I am a fan of pretty much any kind of chocolate, in any form, at the moment I’ve been on a ‘Nutella on toasted bagel’ kick, which is not doing the waistline any favours!

    • daddownunder

      I don’t eat enough bagels, I love a bagel, thanks for the reminder : )

  • losingmylemons

    Oh that looks sooo yummy! My kids are big Nutella fans so I’m sure this would go down a treat.

    I too bribe, err I mean thank, my fella with foody goodies.

    If I fancy a wild night out with the girls I go Nigella Lawson’s Venetian chicken or my Mexican lasagne made with flour tortillas and a sour cream & cheesetopping.

    New shoes I’d hit him with my kick-ass pepperoni pizza burger or my absolute fave Prawns with piri piri and feta. (both on my blog, blatent plug there sorry!)

    Non-payment of my cc bill or failure to sort important household tasks sees me treat him other ways… sometimes prawns just
    don’t cut the mustard :/

    So food is a treat, a bribe and a thank you. Damn he’s lucky!

    • daddownunder

      Mmmm I like the sound of that Mexican lasagne, might have to give that a go myself. Thanks.

  • http://www.freezecheese.com/ Lilani Goonesena

    This looks decadent but I know I’d just use nutella ;) Love the sour dough idea though

    • daddownunder

      Its very quick to make Lilani and I reckon if you tried it once you wouldn’t go back to Nutella – give it a go.