With July being a particularly hot month, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of chocolate baking, but it turns out we can’t be prised away from our ovens that easily. Of course not all of these 13 baking hot chocolate recipes are baked ones and those that are tend to be in and out of the oven in a trice. We’re talking brownies and cookies here – it’s the sort of talk I like. I do enjoy doing these We Should Cocoa round-ups, but my goodness they make me hungry.
When is an oat more than an oat? When it’s an oat that’s been transformed into a scrummy organic chocolate truffle of course! Oats are not only healthy but are highly versatile and can be used for all sorts of purposes besides porridge. I’m a big fan of the humble oat, so I was delighted when White’s invited me to the Cotswolds to gen up on this sometimes underrated grain and tour the fields with a bunch of experts.
On the summer solstice I was stomping over Bodmin Moor with a bunch of friends intent on watching the sun sink behind a tor. Luckily we had a picnic to sustain us. We had plenty of delicious fare to eat and drink but these 10 summer solstice chocolate recipes for June’s We Should Cocoa would have been a welcome addition. What were you doing?
There’s no doubt about it, brownies are never going to be super healthy. However, as regular readers will know, they are one of my favourite bakes so I do like to make an attempt to up their nutritional value. These coffee brownies with almond nut butter are similar to my winning healthier brownies with cashew nut butter. They are simple to make and are just as fudgy and delicious as you’d expect a good brownie to be.
Easter has come and gone for another year. This month’s We Should Cocoa, however, highlights 13 Easter chocolate recipes that can mostly be made at any time of year. So take a look at the excellent entries below, find a recipe you like, wait for the right occasion and get your bowls and spatulas out. Or better still, get stuck right in, right now. You know you want to.
Well I thought March was all about Mother’s Day, but is seems I’m wrong – again! We have 17 marvellous chocolate recipes for this month’s We Should Cocoa, but not one Mother’s Day cake, bake or other treat. We do have brownies for St Patrick’s Day, cookies for Red Nose Day and a variety of chocolate treats for Easter, which isn’t so very far away now. Do take a look and follow the links of any you feel particularly inspired by.
February brings us two fabulous celebratory days. Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate in my book. It brought in a bumper crop of entries, so I guess I’m not alone. Read on to find 23 loved up chocolate recipes. You’re bound to find something to fall in love with. Shrove Tuesday highlights our love of pancakes and the tradition of eating up all the remaining good things in the house before the lenten fast. I’d sort of thought I’d get loads of chocolate pancake recipes this month, but only one turned up right at the last minute.
Blood oranges have such a short season, I feel it’s imperative to make the most of them. They have a wonderful flavour and are not overly sugary like some oranges can be. They also have a gorgeous blood red colour. The colour is lost in this bloody orange chocolate cake, but the flavour is there.
It’s January and most of us are trying to make amends for December’s excesses. Luckily a few brave souls picked up the chocolate baton and created these 9 cool chocolate recipes to share with We Should Cocoa. Some of them are even quite healthy.